Riding a bicycle is no longer just for children. In Phoenix and across the Valley, adults are also taking to the streets to ride on two wheels both for exercise and for transit. In response to an increased interest in bicycling and an increase in ridership, several Arizona cities have made their roadways more bike-friendly by adding bicycle only lanes, designating bicycle trails, and adding cycle-specific traffic lights.
In fact, bicycling.com recently ranked the top 50 cities in the United States for riding a bicycle and three Arizona cities made the list. Tucson was ranked 12th, Scottsdale was ranked 15th, and Tempe was ranked 18th. If you live in or work in these areas, that may not surprise you as you are likely to see riders on a daily basis. Yet it is a good reminder of the great advantages facing cyclists in these towns and in many other parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area.
With bicyclists taking to the roads, unfortunately bicycle accidents take place in Phoenix and across the rest of Arizona. These collisions are often severe and may result in serious injuries or even death. Though the victims of these crashes may be forced to deal with the damages, they may be entitled to seek financial relief to help ease the burden of their losses, including the medical expenses they must incur. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in an accident.
A cyclist riding in Phoenix was killed in a hit-and-run accident last night, according to local police. The incident took place in the area of Osborn and 43rd Avenue at approximately 8:30 p.m. and involved two separate vehicles. Witnesses reported a dark Jeep in the area striking the cyclist and knocking the rider to the ground. A second vehicle approached the site and was unable to avoid the cyclist and struck him a second time. Witnesses reported that the driver of the Jeep fled the scene of the accident without stopping to check on the condition of the rider or without alerting authorities.
The driver of the second vehicle remained at the scene of the crash and spoke with police. At this time, police believe that impairment was not a factor regarding that driver and have reported that the second driver is cooperating fully. Police instead are looking for any information regarding the dark colored Jeep that was involved in the crash, including any information on who may have been driving that vehicle.
Unfortunately the bicyclist sustained severe injuries and died as a result of the accident.
If you have been involved in a bicycle crash in Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale, or Scottsdale, you may be entitled to financial relief for your losses. The lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call and help you understand your legal options if you have been the victim of an accident.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we offer a free case consultation without any obligation on your part and everything discussed will be kept confidential. You can reach us toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191. If your loved one has lost his or her life in an accident, your family may have a claim for your losses, though no amount of compensation can ever be considered adequate in these situations.
If another’s actions have left you injured, do not hesitate; call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us fight for your right to a recovery you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Motorcycle Accident in Mesa Seriously Injures 1, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published August 27, 2014.
Police look for alleged hit-and-run driver after bicyclist killed, Fox 10 News, published August 28, 2014.