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Bicycle Accidents

According to many popular cycling magazines, Tucson is considered one of the top 10 bicycle friendly cities in the nation. Tucson has been said to have the most bike-lane miles (over 620) in the nation (www.bicycling.com). Bicycle riding is a popular form of transportation in Tucson and other cities in southern Arizona and is also a popular hobby for many people. Unfortunately, the increase in bicycle traffic has also resulted in an increase in bicycle accidents and fatalities. According to the most recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, in 2011, 677 pedalcyclists were killed and an additional 48,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes.

When a car hits a cyclist, the resulting injuries tend to be severe as bike riders have little protection against an impact with a vehicle. Bicycle accident injuries include fractures, sprains, and dislocations, as well as more severe injuries including traumatic brain injuries (TBI), concussions, fractured vertebrae, and even the loss of limbs.

Important Safety Reminders for Bicyclists and Motor Vehicle drivers who share the road with them

(from the NHTSA).

All bicyclists should wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash.

Bicyclists are considered vehicle operators; they are required to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.

When cycling in the street, cyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic. Drivers of motor vehicles need to share the road with bicyclists.

Be courteous—allow at least three feet clearance when passing a bicyclist on the road, look for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling out from a parking space, and yield to cyclists at intersections and as directed by signs and signals.

Be especially watchful for cyclists when making turns, either left or right. Bicyclists should increase their visibility to drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, dawn, and dusk.

To be noticed when riding at night, use a front light and a red reflector or flashing rear light, and use retro-reflective tape or markings on equipment or clothing. (NHTSA’s Office of Safety Programs)

If you are a bicyclist who has been injured in auto accident, or someone close to you has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident, it is important to consult an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure you receive full and fair compensation. Contact our office today for more information. There is never a consultation charge to talk to an attorney at Busby, Bell & Biggs. Free home and hospital consultations are available.

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