Posted on:Jun 05, 2020

Bicycle Rider Seriously Injured in Bicycle Accident in Yuma

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As a bike accident lawyer in Yuma, Arizona, we help victims of bicycle accidents that happened on the road, at a crosswalk, on the highway, in a parking lot, or anywhere else. We have won an impressive number of settlements for injured cyclists, as well as families who lost a loved one. If you have a case, we would like to do the same for you. In addition to handling cases involving traditional bicycles, we also help people who were riding adult trikes, tandem bicycles, recumbent bicycles, and other kinds of bicycles. 

Bicycling is a great method of exercise, and in Yuma, it is a popular mode of transportation. Unfortunately, too many drivers fail to pay attention to cyclists and also ignore their rights. When they do so, cyclists become more prone to injury. 

What You Should Do After an Accident

If you were in a bike accident, the first thing you should do is get medical attention. If possible, please obtain the contact and insurance details of the driver or any potential at-fault party. You should also take photographs of the scene, and give a statement to the police. It is generally in your best interest to avoid speaking with the other party’s insurance or admit any potential guilt or fault at the scene. To ensure the best outcome, you should want all communication to be made through your bike accident lawyer in Arizona

Common Causes of Cycling Accidents in Yuma

The majority of bike accidents are caused by driver error and inattention. Our lawyers have handled cases involving:

  • Excessive speed
  • Failure to adhere to the rules of the road
  • Ignoring traffic signs
  • Unlawful turns
  • Distracted driving
  • Sideswiping a cyclist
  • Dooring an oncoming cyclist
  • Crossing into marked bicycle lanes
  • Ignoring crosswalks
  • Driving into or on bike lanes

Accidents in Bike Lanes

Many cities across the state and country have installed bike lanes on the side of roads or highways. These have specific markings on them that direct cyclists. It is illegal for cars to drive into these lanes with the exception of making turns from the travel lane. Despite these rules, and clear markings, it is common for drivers to cross these lanes and hit a biker who thought they were in a safe zone. 

Accidents on a Crosswalk

One of the most common locations of a bike accident is a crosswalk. Usually, when this happens, it is because the driver failed to yield the right of way or slow down to a bicyclist who was in the crosswalk. When an accident on a crosswalk happens, a bike accident lawyer should be consulted right away. It is very likely for the driver of the car to be liable for negligence.

Poorly Maintained Roads

Poor road conditions, potholes, and other hazards can be dangerous to cyclists. When an accident happened because of these circumstances, the related government entity may be responsible. If this is true, there will be very strict deadlines (which are short) and rules that must be adhered to. You should call a lawyer right away. 

To explore your legal options, or to learn more about bicycle rider seriously injured in bicycle accident in Yuma, please call the Saavedra Law Firm to speak with a Yuma, AZ bike accident lawyer.

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