It is not uncommon, in Sierra Vista and throughout Cochise County, to see people riding their bikes for recreation, in order to get a little exercise or as an alternative form of transportation. It is an unfortunate fact, however, that bicyclists are extremely vulnerable and highly susceptible to being involved in accidents capable of causing serious or fatal injuries. Similar to motorcyclists, who only have their helmets and the clothes on their back to protect them, bicyclists who are involved in accidents are more likely to sustain head and neck injuries, concussions, fractures or broken bones, and permanent disabilities, than those in motor vehicles.
The Arizona Department of Transportation reported there were more than 1,900 bicycle accidents in the state during 2011. Those bicycle accidents resulted in 1,604 bicyclist injuries and 23 fatalities. As there is no way to guarantee your safety while riding a bicycle, here are some tips on how to avoid bicycle accidents: educate yourself on local bicycle traffic and safety laws, always wear safety gear, obey traffic laws, use bike lights or other methods to illuminate your bike at night and make yourself more visible to other vehicles, perform regular bicycle maintenance, always plan your route in advance so that you are traveling down known or clearly designated paths, and remember that you must exercise precaution at all times as not all drivers will have your safety in mind. By following these guidelines you are increasing your chances of staying safe and avoiding being involved in an accident.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, due to no fault of your own, we recommend you contact the Law Office of Perry Hicks and speak with one of our personal injury lawyers as soon as possible. For 25 years our firm has been representing victims of bicycle accidents and other personal injury accidents. We know the emotional and physical pain such accidents can cause and that is why we work diligently to help our clients navigate through the entire claims process in order to get the compensation they deserve. After an accident you should not be worried about how to pay for the costs of treating your injuries and care. Let us advocate on your behalf so that you can concentrate on your recovery.
Being injured in a bicycle accident can be a frightening experience. When you contact our Sierra Vista personal injury attorneyyou can be confident that your rights and interests will be protected.