If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in Mesa, AZ, especially with a larger vehicle, your injuries may be severe, and your recovery may take weeks or months. Being that the statute of limitations, or deadline for filing your claim, is two years from the date of the accident, call Zanes Law at (866) 499-8989 for a free case evaluation right away.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, it is legal for bicycles to ride in Arizona traffic lanes. Both cyclists and motorists have laws they must obey to drive safely and keep other drivers safe on public roads. These include:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that there were 783 bicyclists killed on the road in 2017. If a bicyclist and a motorist collide, it is the bicyclist that will suffer the most serious and life-threatening injuries because he or she is not protected by the size and weight of an automobile. If you have been in a bicycle accident, your injuries can range from a sprained hand to a traumatic brain injury impacting you for the rest of your life. As with any injury sustained in an accident, you may not know how badly you are injured until hours or days after the accident.
A Mesa bicycle accident lawyer will advise you to see a doctor as soon as possible after the accident because your health should be your first priority. If you wish to file a claim for damages, you will need to show that your injuries necessitated medical treatment.
Your lawyer will collect all the evidence related to your case, including medical reports, police reports, eyewitness statements, photos, videos, and any other relevant paperwork, to help prove your case.
Arizona’s insurance laws state that the person who is at fault for the accident is responsible for any injuries and compensable damages that resulted from the accident and does not share liability with the accident victim, as he or she would in a no-fault car insurance state.
When you report the claim to the driver’s insurance company, give it the information it needs to document the accident but do not admit guilt. If they want you to record a statement, you have the right to refuse. It may also try to dissuade you from contacting an attorney or offer to pay you money if you sign a release. Do nothing until you speak to an attorney.
They may purposefully delay responding to your emails, letters, or phone calls. They can ask for your medical records and look at your social media pages. They may try to blame you for your own injuries. Before consenting to anything the insurance company requests, speak with your Mesa bicycle accident lawyer.
If you were seriously injured in a bicycle accident, you may be able to file a claim for the damages you experienced in the accident, including:
Your attorney will help you determine the value of your damages and property losses to make sure you have included everything.
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident in Mesa, AZ, Zanes Law at (866) 499-8989 will help you get the compensation you need to move forward with your life. Call us for a free case evaluation. We will take care of your legal needs while you recover from your injuries and get back on the road again.