Phoenix, AZ (May 25, 2022) – A bicyclist was killed during a collision with a passenger vehicle in the area of Indian School Road and 27th Avenue on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 25th in Phoenix.
The bicycle rider, 48-year-old Andriya Shagwa, was rushed to a local hospital by paramedics in extremely critical condition, where he later passed away.
Police said that the driver of the striking vehicle remained at the scene and exhibited no signs of impairment.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing the vehicle pulling out into the roadway when the victim was struck.
The area of 27th Avenue between Devonshire Avenue and Indian School Road was shut down for several hours following the incident for police investigation.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Causes of Arizona Bicycle Accidents
There are many sets of circumstances that can cause a collision between a motor vehicle and a person riding a bicycle. Ideally, every driver would give their complete attention to the roadway, pedestrians, and bicycle riders at all times, but, unfortunately, this does not always happen. Bicyclists and bike lanes are not fully integrated into the roadways of many of Arizona’s communities. Even though this is gradually starting to change, there are still numerous areas that do not take adequate care to make sure that riders are protected from foreseeable accidents.
Besides other drivers on the roadway, bicyclists also face additional concerns. There is a shortage of appropriate street warning signs as well as lanes designated for cyclists only. Both of these foster an environment where serious accidents involving bicycles are likely to take place. Even with all of these obstacles to safe cycling in mind, however, driver disregard and driver distraction remain the two leading causes of fatal and injury-causing bicycle accidents in the Phoenix area.
Some other common elements that contribute to bike accidents in the area are:
- Drivers who are under the influence
- Drivers who are distracted
- Drivers failing to yield the right of way
- Drivers entering the bicycle lane
- Dooring (when the passenger door of a parked car opens, hitting a cyclist)
- Drivers disregarding stop signs or traffic lights
- Drivers traveling at excessively high speeds
- Drivers making illegal or unsafe turns
- Drivers making illegal or unsafe lane changes
- Drivers pulling out into traffic from a driveway or parking lot without looking
- Drivers entering an intersection directly in front of a bicyclist
If your bicycle accident and subsequent serious or fatal injuries were due to one or more of these reasons, you could be eligible to bring a personal injury claim against the driver of the vehicle for your injuries and other accident-related damages.
Our fatal bike accident attorneys in Phoenix are result-oriented. Our focus is on being there for our clients when they need us, answering all of their questions, helping them side-step common mistakes, and circumventing the legal impediments that usually arise throughout the claims process.
If your family member was killed in a pedestrian accident, call our Arizona personal injury lawyers at (602) 753-8917 to schedule a free, no-obligation review with a member of our law firm as soon as possible.
Note: Our writer used outside sources in the creation of this post. These sources include local news reports, local and state police incident reports, social media outlets, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents that take place in Arizona. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this accident. If you find any information that is not correct, contact Saavedra Law Firm, PLC as soon as possible so that we can correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available. We will remove this post upon request.
Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. None of the information in this post is intended to be medical or legal advice. If you have been injured in an accident, seek the help of a medical professional. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene.