The Phoenix Police Department is saying that the bike rider was crossing at 16th St. and Camelback road when a truck took a left turn, failing to yield the right-of-way, and struck the bicyclist. The vehicle, described as a large box type truck, hit the front wheel of the bicycle.
Some witnesses thought a Phoenix city bus struck the bicycle, but police are saying that is not the case, and that the bus traveled through the intersection after the accident took place and was not involved. No citations were reportedly issued to the truck driver, as police say he may have not even known he hit the bicyclist due to the size of the truck.
As far as a civil claim is concerned, the fact that the trucker failed to observe the bicyclist is irrelevant. When making a left turn, drivers have to keep a proper sufficient lookout and yield the right-of-way to bicyclists on the road, and other vehicles for that matter. Failing to observe the bike rider was negligent.
The fracture sustained by the woman is been described as severe. How severe is the question. Some fracture cases that Phoenix bike accident lawyers handle at our office require surgical intervention, such as open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) to repair the break.
That being said, some would consider it lucky to escape from a Phoenix bicycle vs. truck accident with just a broken leg. In a case like this where the trucker didn’t even know the bicyclist was there, the woman could have been fatally injured.