Arizona is one of the country’s premier destinations for dedicated cyclists. You do not need to be a cycling enthusiast to admire the state’s picturesque routes. However, the dynamic interaction between bicycles and larger vehicles carries inherent risks.
In 2021, bicycle accidents caused 45 deaths and 982 injuries in the state. Many of these injuries and deaths were among cyclists.
This statistic underscores how vulnerable cyclists are while sharing the road with cars. The lack of protective barriers leaves cyclists exposed to potential collisions, which can result in severe injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and skull fractures are prevalent due to the lack of protective helmets and the potential for direct impact.
- Broken bones often occur when cyclists are thrown from their bikes or collide with vehicles.
- Abrasions and skin injuries, known as road rash, result from contact with the road surface and can lead to infections.
- Impact with a car can lead to spinal fractures, herniated discs, and other spinal cord injuries, causing long-term complications.
- Organ damage, internal bleeding, and ruptured organs can occur due to the force of impact in a collision.
- Torn ligaments, tendons, and muscles can result from sudden stops or being struck by a vehicle.
In addition to these physical injuries, cyclists may also experience anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder following a traumatic car-bicycle collision. Worse, these fatal injuries can also result in death.
Who will pay for the injuries?
Bicycle laws in Arizona vary by city. The outcome of your case will depend on three things:
- The accident’s nature
- The seriousness of your injury
- The local laws
Regarding financial responsibility, Arizona follows shared liability, known as comparative negligence. This means both parties can share fault based on the circumstances.
If your accident is due to negligence or recklessness of drivers or other parties involved, you may be eligible to file a claim. Compensation may cover:
- Medical expenses
- Bike repairs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
You may try to negotiate with insurance companies first. If you cannot reach an agreement, pursuing legal action may be necessary to secure rightful compensation.