The Arizona Department of Transportation logged more that 1,200 bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles in 2018 alone. If you suffered injuries while riding your bicycle because of the negligence of a motor vehicle operator, you may want to hire a bicycle accident lawyer in Scottsdale, AZ. The lawyers at Zanes Law are ready to help you receive the judgment you may deserve. Call us today at (833) 214-0917 for a free consultation.


A cyclist can try to reduce the severity of injuries by wearing protective gear, such as helmets, gloves, mouthguards, and long pants. Sometimes, though, the cyclist’s injuries will still be severe, even when wearing safety gear. After all, the motor vehicle is much heavier than you and your bicycle, and it will travel at a faster speed than your bike.

In such cases, the most important step to take following your accident is to seek medical attention. If, for example, emergency personnel at the scene recommend that you should travel to the hospital in an ambulance, you should listen to their advice. Only a doctor can determine the actual level of your injuries. Once the doctor has created a treatment plan for you, it is important that you follow it fully and to the end.

Even if you do not ride to the hospital after the accident, you may find that your injuries grow in severity several hours after the crash. If you have any concern over your bicycle accident injuries, always seek the care of a doctor, even a day or longer after the crash.

If you file a personal injury lawsuit, having documentation of visiting the doctor and following the treatment plan shows the insurance company that your injuries were serious and that your treatment was necessary.


Some of the injuries a cyclist may suffer after a crash with a motor vehicle include:

  • Head injury
  • Eye trauma
  • Facial trauma
  • Concussion and TBI
  • Bone fractures
  • Neck injury
  • Back injury
  • Pelvic injury
  • Ligament sprains
  • Dislocated joints
  • Road rash
  • Disfigurement
  • Damage to internal organs

Beyond physical injuries, the bicyclist may also have emotional trauma after the accident. That is where a bicycle accident lawyer in Scottsdale, AZ, from Zanes Law will help you seek damages for immediate and future losses, as well as for pain and suffering. Call us at (833) 214-0917 today for a free consultation.


Some reasons accidents occur between bicycles and motor vehicles include:

  • Drivers ignoring traffic signs or signals
  • Drivers changing lanes without consideration for a bicycle
  • Drivers turning at an intersection without yielding to a bike that has right of way
  • Drivers operating the vehicle while distracted by a smartphone or other items
  • Drunk driving
  • Driving in a designated bike lane
  • Following the bicyclist too closely
  • Swerving near a bicyclist, causing the rider to lose control

Additionally, if a vehicle driver is driving too fast for the road conditions or weather conditions, he could crash into a cyclist. Any of these conditions may result in a serious injury to the bicyclist.

After a car-bicycle accident, police will investigate the scene and interview witnesses. The motor vehicle driver may or may not receive a citation. Either way, the cyclist still has the right to bring a personal injury lawsuit.


Sometimes, a bicyclist may be involved in an accident alone with no motor vehicle nearby. Even in an accident like this, the cyclist may be able to receive a settlement in a lawsuit, should someone else’s negligence have played a role in the crash. These situations may include:

  • A manufacturing defect in the bicycle, causing an equipment failure
  • A bicycle that was improperly assembled by the retailer
  • An improper bicycle repair by a repair shop
  • Failure to maintain a bicycle trail or a roadway in a safe manner


One of the key components of having a successful personal injury lawsuit after a bicycle crash is proving that another party’s negligence led to the accident where you suffered an injury.

The ways negligence can be proven include the following:

  • Duty of care: where the person you believe was responsible for causing the crash had a duty of care to behave in a safe manner, such as a driver needing to obey traffic laws.
  • Breach of duty of care: where the negligent driver did not fulfill the duty of care, such as by violating a traffic law, leading to the accident.
  • Causing injuries: where the breach of duty of care directly led to the injuries that you suffered in the accident.


If you have suffered an injury while riding your bicycle, Zanes Law is ready to work on your behalf. We will do everything from A to Z for our clients, representing your interests leading up to and in open court, should your case go to trial.

As bicycle accident lawyers in Scottsdale, AZ, we will apply the facts in your case to our negotiations with the insurer. We are ready to protect your right to seek compensation for your physical and emotional injuries.

Call us at (833) 214-0917 as soon as possible. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not accept payment until we reach a fair settlement in the case.

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