19 Oct 2023
Bicycle accidents can leave victims physically injured and emotionally traumatized, while the unique challenges faced by cyclists often compound their suffering. At Zanes Law, we understand the plight of cyclists who have been wrongfully injured and the uphill battle they face in seeking justice. Dedicated and passionate attorneys fight for justice, and advocate for the rights of victims – and can, on occasion spur on systemic change to prevent future occurrences for other would-be victims.
Victimized Twice Over: The Plight of Cyclists
Cyclists are often victimized twice over – first in the devastating moment of an accident and again when navigating the legal system. As vulnerable road users, cyclists bear a disproportionate burden of severe injuries when involved in collisions with motor vehicles. Moreover, they frequently encounter unfair treatment from insurance companies and struggle within the court system. Because we at Zanes Law specialize in bicycle accident cases, we’ve seen this time and again. We’ve watched attorneys use our client’s health and wellness to penalize them and decrease their compensation.
Oftentimes victims are so overwhelmed, they opt to self-represent, or choose an attorney who promises fast cash but does not take into consideration the life-long impact of their physical and emotional injuries. This is why we are so passionate about helping cyclists understand their rights and fighting for justice so they are not further victimized.
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Unique Challenges in Arizona: Road Laws and Cyclist Injuries
The recent account shared by Tucson cyclist Cassidy Frost in the Arizona Daily Star article serves as a powerful reminder of the countless near-misses and close calls that cyclists endure daily. It is a testament to their resilience and awareness that more severe accidents are prevented. However, not all cyclists are as fortunate, especially those with less experience or who may lack the same level of awareness.
While Arizona has taken positive steps to enhance bike safety and accessibility, there is still much work to be done.
Arizona’s road laws and the challenges faced by cyclists within the state add another layer of complexity to their pursuit of justice. Understanding the intricacies of these laws and effectively presenting a case requires the expertise of a skilled attorney. At Zanes Law, our team possesses in-depth knowledge of Arizona’s road laws and the specific issues affecting cyclist injuries. We leverage this knowledge to provide strategic legal representation that stands up against the challenges unique to our state. Oftentimes these cases of injury result in systemic changes at the city or state level – which might include: protected bike lanes, and infrastructure improvement. These are needed changes and it is always our hope that municipalities learn from tragedy and begin to take proactive steps to keep cyclists and motorists safe on our roadways.
Unfair Treatment by Insurance Companies
Insurance companies often compound the challenges faced by bicycle accident victims. Their goal is to save the insurance company money – which means settling at the lowest possible dollar amount. In this quest, they may attempt to downplay the severity of injuries or shift blame onto the cyclist, resulting in reduced compensation or denied claims. This is categorically unfair and unjust.
When you hire an attorney – like Zanes Law – we fight tirelessly because what really matters to us is that you receive a fair settlement which takes into account ongoing medical care, restoration of personal belongings (bicycles are not cheap) and any current or future pain and suffering. In the days, weeks, and months following a traumatic event it is common to overlook pain and to focus only on the acute impact. It is essential to note that especially when there is traumatic brain injury or any extreme injury as a result of a bicycle accident, the life of the victim will be altered forever.
We hire experts and do extensive research to ensure our victims are made whole and protected both now and in the future. We are dedicated to ensuring that insurance companies are held accountable, and that our clients receive the fair compensation they deserve.
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Navigating the Legal System
The legal system can be daunting, particularly for those unfamiliar with its intricacies. Bicycle accident victims in Arizona may find themselves at a disadvantage when attempting to navigate the legal process alone. At Zanes Law, we guide our clients through each step, alleviating the burden of the legal complexities. From gathering evidence, to hiring experts, to negotiating with insurance companies and representing their interests in court, we provide unwavering support and expertise throughout the entire legal journey.
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Fighting for Justice and Empowering Cyclists
At Zanes Law, our mission is to fight relentlessly for justice on behalf of bicycle accident victims. We understand the long-term physical, emotional, and financial impacts these accidents can have. Our team is dedicated to securing fair compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. We approach each case with a direct, intentional, and emotional commitment to ensuring that our clients receive the justice they deserve.
Cyclists involved in accidents face a challenging journey towards justice, often navigating a legal system that may not fully recognize their rights. At Zanes Law, we are dedicated to empowering cyclists, overcoming the unique challenges of Arizona’s road laws, and fighting for their rights. By providing compassionate support, strategic representation, and unwavering advocacy, we help bicycle accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve while starting the healing and rebuilding process.