Bike Accident Attorney in Phoenix
According to visitphoenix.com, the Greater Phoenix area offers more than 700 miles of bike infrastructure, 600 miles of bike lanes and routes, and more than 100 miles of off-street trails and paths, making it one of the top cities for bicycling. In 2014, Phoenix earned bronze status as a “bicycle-friendly community” from the League of American Bicyclists. Phoenix is an excellent place to bike because of the mostly flat terrain and largely sunny weather. The flip side of this bike-friendly city is that more bicyclists mean more bicycle accidents.
In 2019, there were 30 bicycle fatalities and 1,275 pedal cyclist injuries reported in Arizona, according to Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts by ADOT. Even though many bicycle accidents happen in a crosswalk, some bicyclists are unaware that they have the same legal rights, whether in a crosswalk or on a sidewalk.
When a vehicle turning into a crosswalk is not aware of a bicyclist, and an accident occurs, a Phoenix bicycle accident attorney skilled in bicycle accident law is necessary to help you file a personal injury claim. This is where attorney Brad Johnson steps in.
At Brad Johnson Injury Law, our team can protect your rights, help you recover lost wages, pay medical bills, and get compensation for pain and suffering. We will work with the insurance companies to recover any lost damages associated with the accident. As your lawyer, we can represent your interests and serve as the go-between with the insurance company after an accident. We will always fight hard to ensure you receive a fair and reasonable settlement.
Why Should You Choose Phoenix Bicycle Accident Attorney Brad Johnson?
The attorney you choose following your bicycle accident is important—even more important than you might think. While you want a firm that is experienced, knowledgeable, and highly-skilled, you also want an attorney who has compassion for your situation, who will work hard to secure a fair settlement for you, who believes in “client first,” and who will answer all your questions thoroughly yet in an easy-to-understand manner. That attorney is Brad Johnson.
At Brad Johnson Injury Law, we have the heart of a small firm with the experience and drive of a larger law firm. We understand that this is a highly stressful time for you and always go the extra mile to reassure you while handling all the legal aspects of your accident claim. Our first priority will be helping you get better, making sure you receive the medical treatment you need. Second, we will focus on ensuring the settlement you receive will fully cover all your damages.
At Brad Johnson Injury Law, we have little interest in bragging about our awards and accolades—and significant interest in the amount of money that will go directly into your pocket. Other attorneys charge a higher fee than Brad Johnson Injury Law (33.3 percent and up, versus our 25 percent). We are not like those firms. Brad Johnson has been representing Arizona accident victims for more than 30 years. He is every bit as conscientious today about helping his clients as when he first became a personal injury lawyer. At Brad Johnson Injury Law, we:
- Speak both English and Spanish
- Are available to our clients 24/7
- Have more than 30 years of personal injury experience
- Are a compassionate, skilled local law firm rather than a large, impersonal regional/national law firm
- Charge a more reasonable 25 percent fee vs. the typical 33.3 percent
- Offer a comprehensive free consultation
- Don’t get paid unless we win
- Have more than 100 positive Google Reviews
- Offer a highly individualized approach to each case
What Are the Significant Consequences Linked to Bicycle Accidents?
Most people are unaware of the adverse consequences linked to bicycle accidents. Bicycle accident victims are extremely vulnerable when hit by a 3,000-pound passenger vehicle—or worse, a large semi-truck, delivery truck, or bus. Bicyclists have none of the protections afforded to those inside a vehicle. They have no steel and glass cage surrounding them, no safety belt, and no airbag. Virtually the only protection a bicyclist has is a helmet—and not all bicyclists consistently wear a bicycle helmet. As a result, when a bicyclist is involved in a traffic accident, they are much more likely to receive severe, even catastrophic injuries.
These injuries can require weeks, months, years, or a lifetime of medical interventions. Such serious injuries can prevent the victim from returning to work and making a living or doing routine day-to-day tasks. In short, the bicyclist’s life can be changed forever following a bicycle accident. Being a victim of a serious bicycle injury can be an overwhelming experience—but one that should prompt you to take immediate action to retain an experienced bicycle accident attorney in Arizona. Even though the CDC shares that bicycle trips make up only 1 percent of all U.S. trips, bicyclists who take those trips have a much higher risk of being injured in an accident, and those injuries are more likely to be serious or life-threatening.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents?
Bicycle injuries can be sustained in various circumstances, all of which may be tied to the behavior of other drivers on the road. Bicyclists, for example, are much more likely to sustain injuries in what is known as a ‘dooring accident’ in which they are riding in the bicycle lane on the side of the road and struck when someone in a parked car throws open their door without checking the rearview mirrors first.
Furthermore, cars that are not familiar with sharing the road with bicycles may be more likely to hit bicyclists. Even when wearing appropriate safety gear such as a helmet, severe and life-changing injuries can be sustained by a bicyclist. Bicyclists have pertinent legal rights—if you have been in a bicycle accident, taking immediate action is crucial to your future.
Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Distracted drivers
- Drivers who are overly fatigued or drowsy
- Impaired drivers
- Drivers who are exceeding the speed limit
- Drivers who fail to watch for bicyclists properly
- Aggressive driving behaviors like weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, speeding, ignoring yield signs, and failing to afford bicyclists the same courtesies as other drivers.
These driver behaviors can lead to grave, life-changing injuries for cyclists.
What Are the Most Common Injuries Sustained in Bicycle Accidents?
The severity of the injuries for a bicyclist can run the gamut from cuts and scrapes to broken bones, fractures, TBIs, and spinal cord injuries. These can come with catastrophic medical bills and long-term treatment plans. A traumatic brain injury can not only cause physical injuries; the victim of a TBI may experience extreme personality changes, cognitive changes, and emotional issues. The victim of a spinal cord injury may experience life-altering changes as well. Such serious injuries can prevent the bicycle accident victim from ever returning to their everyday life.
Serious or catastrophic injuries come with years or a lifetime of accompanying medical expenses. There may be multiple surgical procedures, rehabilitative therapies, and ongoing prescription medications and medical treatments. The cost can quickly exceed the limits of a health insurance plan. Regardless of the injuries, you have sustained, it is important to get medical attention immediately after the accident has occurred. Consulting with an experienced Phoenix bicycle accident attorney who can identify your legal rights to pursue a personal injury claim is equally important.
What Should You Do Following a Bicycle Accident in Arizona?
If you have received grave injuries following your bicycle accident, you may be unable to do the following tasks. If this is true, then having experienced bicycle accident attorney Brad Johnson is even more crucial to your future. If, however, you are physically able, then the following tasks can help your attorney build a solid case on your behalf.
- Call 911
- Get medical attention
- Gather contact information from witnesses
- Exchange information with the driver
- Take photographs at the scene
- Once you are home, write down every detail you remember about the accident
- Keep a file of every medical expense
- Contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney
Writing down the events that took place can help to articulate what happened after you have contacted an experienced injury lawyer, to work through your claim. It can be difficult to remember the facts of the accidents due to the shock and the adrenaline that floods the body at the time of an accident.
Be sure to obtain a copy of the police accident report as soon as possible. These reports are usually available within a week of your accident. Getting medical treatment is strongly recommended—even if you believe you are “fine.” Some of the most severe injuries associated with bicycle accidents are not always immediately obvious. A doctor can use diagnostic tests to determine whether your injuries are more severe than they appear.
What if the Driver Who Hit Me Left the Scene of the Accident?
Under Arizona’s vehicle accident laws, any driver involved in an accident must remain at the scene, exchange information, and display a valid driver’s license upon request. If the accident involves injury, the driver is required to render reasonable assistance, notify law enforcement, and help coordinate medical transportation (i.e., call 911). A driver who fails to comply with these duties could be prosecuted, even facing possible felony charges when there were injuries.
All the details you can remember about the vehicle that hit you can turn out to be critically important, helping the police find the hit-and-run driver. Once the driver is located, they will be charged. Even if the driver is not found guilty in a criminal case, you still have the right to file a personal injury claim for your damages. If the driver who hit you is never found, you might be able to file your claim against your own insurance company under your uninsured motorist coverage. It is important to discuss these details with bicycle attorney Brad Johnson as quickly as possible to ensure the driver is held responsible for your injuries.
How Phoenix Bicycle Accident Attorney Brad Johnson Can Help
After you have gone through these necessary steps following a serious bicycle accident, it is strongly recommended that you consult with bicycle accident Attorney Brad Johnson. Our legal team has extensive experience helping those who are victims of bicycle accidents. We will walk you through the stages of your claim, representing you in a way that allows you to focus on healing while we focus on the legal details. We will negotiate with the insurance on your behalf, working hard for a positive outcome. Brad Johnson is a dedicated lawyer for injured victims, giving you peace of mind knowing your attorney is advocating for you and cares about your future. Contact Brad Johnson Injury Law today.