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Bicycle Accidents

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Roads Are Meant To Be Shared, But Some Drivers Forget Bicycles Are Included

Whether you go out on a bike ride to enjoy a nice day or to get to work, you shouldn’t have to worry about your safety any time you hear an approaching vehicle. Unfortunately, hundreds of cyclists are injured in accidents every year, and far too many of them are the result of a negligent driver. Unlike a typical passenger or driver involved in a car crash, a bicyclist only has the clothes on their back and the helmet on their head to rely on for protection when they’re hit by a several thousand pound steel vehicle.

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At MayesTelles PLLC, our bicycle accident attorneys work tirelessly to ensure that accident victims receive the care and support they need. Our lawyers have nearly 200 years of collective legal experience, and over that time we’ve handled thousands of cases. That’s the kind of experience you need on your when filing a personal injury claim, and you won’t even owe us any legal fees until we secure you financial compensation.

What Are Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents?

An accident could happen anywhere, but certain events are far more likely to result in a crash.

  • Vehicle Turns Into Your Path – Opposite Direction: If a vehicle is driving down the road in the opposite direction as you, they may cause a crash by making a left turn into your travel path. This crash is most often caused by an inattentive driver who either misjudged the distance and speed of the cyclist, or who simply didn’t pay attention to the oncoming cyclist.
  • Vehicle Turns Into Your Path – Same Direction: In these crashes, the driver travelling in the same direction as you made a sudden right turn into your travel path. Similarly to an opposite direction crash, it is most often caused by an inattentive driver who misjudged your speed, failed to pay attention to the cyclist sharing the road, or neglected to check their blind spot before turning.
  • Opening a Door in Your Path: This is one of the main dangers cyclists face when riding around in a city. Many bike lanes travel parallel to parking spaces, and if drivers or passengers fail to check oncoming traffic before opening their door they could open it directly in your travel path. Depending on how far the open door is, you may have no way to avoid a collision.
  • Rear Ending: Not all bicycle accidents involve the cyclist colliding with an obstacle – sometimes the reckless driver can ram into you from behind because they were driving far too fast to stop in time or didn’t pay attention to the road. This can be an incredibly dangerous type of crash, especially since the car may crash into you at a far higher speed than you could aver reach on your bicycle.

How Can I Keep Myself Safe?

Every person on the road should prioritize safety above all else, but some people fail to look out for anyone other than themselves. While the fault rests squarely on the shoulders of the person who caused the crash, avoiding an accident altogether is always the preferred result. Here are a few ways to both make yourself as visible as possible and potentially compensate for someone else’s negligence.

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  • Gear Up: Lycra shorts may not be everyone’s favorite type of clothing, but there’s a reason they're so brightly colored. If you don’t care about the performance aspects of aerodynamic clothing, try to wear as much brightly colored and reflective clothing as possible when you go for a ride. Reflective material is especially useful when you go out at night.
  • Stay Alert: As tempting as it may be to put on a pair of headphones, you may want to forego the musical accompaniment when your ride takes you down a road used by other types of vehicles. The more senses you keep active and engaged, the more chances you have to avoid a crash with a negligent driver.
  • Attach A Headlight: Your bicycle may come with a headlight attached – if it doesn’t it may be in your best interest to head to your local store and purchase the accessory. While especially useful at night, keeping it on a strobe setting in the middle of the day could make you more noticeable to an inattentive driver.

Hire Legal Representation Today

Bicycle crashes can result in serious, life-altering injuries that may require you to change your entire lifestyle. If you were involved in a crash, you have the right to seek the compensation you need and deserve to cover any costs and / or damages.

Contact the Phoenix bicycle accident lawyers at MayesTelles PLLC today by filling out the form on our website, or by calling us at (602) 428-7104.

We've Won Thousands of Cases

  • Charges Reduced to Reckless Driving

    Client R.C. was stopped by Mesa Police for a civil traffic violation and later charged with DUI, Extreme DUI, and Super Extreme DUI in a justice court. During the course of their representation, MayesTelles attorneys discovered important inconsistencies in the police reports. When we presented these issues to the State, the prosecutor’s office agreed to drop all DUI charges.

  • Fatal Commercial Vehicle Accident

    MayesTelles Client A.F. and her husband tragically lost their unborn child as a result of the negligence of an individual operating a commercial vehicle in Yuma, Arizona. After substantial investigation including accident reconstruction and filing a lawsuit, the insurance company paid out the policy limits of $1,000,000.00.

  • 4 Counts of Aggravated DUI Dismissed

    Client M.W. was charged with 4 counts of Aggravated DUI in the Maricopa County Superior Court in July 2016 for allegedly riding a motorized bicycle under the influence. The attorneys at MayesTelles demanded that the State include certain materials in their presentation to the grand jury, resulting in the grand jury refusing to indict and the case being dismissed.

  • Client Charged with DUI

    Client, GS, charged with DUI - sentence was reduced to reckless driving.

  • Client Facing Assault Felony

    M.L. was charged with 1 count of Aggravated Assault, a class 3 dangerous felony. She plead guilty to Aggravated Assault, a class 6 undesignated felony, with a stipulation to 3 months of initial jail. She received credit for 32 days and the rest of the jail time was deferred. She was placed on 3 years of supervised probation. She has the opportunity to designate the offense a misdemeanor after successfully completing probation. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

  • Client Charged with DUI

    Our client, A.R, was charged with 1 count of DUI and 1 count of Failure to Control Speed to Avoid a Collision. During extensive pre-trial investigation, it was discovered that the police made many errors in how they handled the case. We were able to get the client's charges reduced to reckless driving. Location: Glendale City Court

  • Client Charged with Four Felony Counts

    Our client, Ms. D., was charged with two counts of forgery - a class 4 Felony as well as theft - a class 2 Felony and also fraudulent schemes and artifices - a class 2 Felony. We were able to get her conviction reduced to a class 6 undesignated felony with the opportunity to reduce further to a misdemeanor. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

  • Client Charged with Trespass & Assault

    Our client, T.C., was charged in Maricopa County Superior Court on July 8, 2015 with 1 count of Criminal Trespass, a class 6 felony, and 1 count Assault, a class 2 Misdemeanor. On September 9, 2015, after an 8-day jury trial, our client was found not guilty on both charges. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

  • Client Charged with Shoplifting

    Our client, Ms. H., was charged with shoplifting - a class 1 misdemeanor. We were able to get her conviction set aside. Location: Phoenix Municipal Court

  • Client Faced 5 Felony Sex Offenses

    Our client, Mr. C., was charged with five counts of felony sex offenses, including two counts of Sex Conduct with a Minor and three counts of Molestation of a Child. We were able to get the case dismissed upon a successful Motion to Dismiss. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

  • Client Charged with Disorderly Conduct

    Our client, K.F., was charged with Disorderly Conduct, a class 1 misdemeanor. We were able to get this client's case dismissed. Location: Tempe Municipal Court

  • Client Facing Multiple Criminal Charges

    Our client, L.S., was charged on October 20, 2014 in Mesa for an assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage. MayesTelles PLLC was able to get those charges dismissed.

  • Client Facing Multiple Domestic Violence Offenses

    Our client, Ms. C., was facing charges of assault / domestic violence (class 1 misdemeanor), disorderly conduct / domestic violence (class 1 misdemeanor), and criminal damage / domestic violence (class 1 misdemeanor). We were able to get our client's case dismissed. Location: Mesa Municipal Court

  • Charged with Assault & Failure to Appear

    Our client, L.S., was charged in Phoenix on December 27, 2014 for assault and failure to appear. After completing diversion, our client's case was dismissed.

  • Multiple Felony Theft Offenses

    Our client, Mr. C., was charged with Theft of Means of Transportation (Class 3 Felony) and Trafficking in Stolen Property (Class 3 Felony). Both class 3 felonies have a possible sentencing range of 2 - 8.75 years in prison. We were able to get our client's charge reduced to a Class 1 Misdemeanor with no jail time. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

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