10 Apr Bicycle Accident Turned Hit & Run Leaves Boy Seriously Injured
Goodyear police recently arrested a 37-year-old man after he allegedly hit a 14-year-old bicyclist and then fled the scene of the accident.
According to the police report associated with this crash, the driver was arrested on suspicion of driving away from the scene of a “serious physical injury collision” that took place near the intersection of Elliot Road and Estrella Parkway.
Play-by-Play of the Bicycle versus Car Accident
Here’s a closer look at the details of the crash:
The driver struck the teen bicyclist when turning out of a parking lot. While the driver reportedly got out of his vehicle to check on the teen, he then got back into his vehicle and fled the scene.
- Testimony from the driver indicates that he “saw people were treating the kid and [were] on the phone” and that he left the scene because he panicked.
- Police dispatch operators received an anonymous tip regarding a Black Chevy Silverado pickup truck, which matched the description of the vehicle that was involved in the hit-and-run accident.
- Officers following up on the tip found an SUV with severe front-end damage near Bullard Avenue and Broadway Road.
- Shortly thereafter, the driver was taken into custody, booked on one count of failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving a serious physical injury.
It remains to be seen how the driver will plead in this case, as well as how the criminal charges will be resolved.
The Big Picture on Bike Accidents & Laws
Tragically, cars hitting bicyclists is an all-too-common phenomenon on U.S. roadways. In fact, according to the latest findings on bicycle accidents in the U.S.1:
- More than 720 bicyclists are killed in traffic accidents each year in the U.S.
- On a daily basis, this means that roughly two people are killed in fatal bicycle accidents every day in the U.S.
- Bicycle accidents typically spike in spring and summer time – meaning that we are entering the peak season for bicycle accidents in the U.S.
To help both bicyclists and motorists minimize their risk of a crash this year (and beyond), here are some bicycle-related ordinances all roadway travelers should be aware of and abide by:2
- Cyclists must obey the same laws and regulations as other motorists when riding in/with traffic.
- At intersections, drivers must yield to bicyclists as they would yield for any other vehicle or pedestrian.
- When passing a bicyclist, drivers must change lanes or leave at least 3 feet of clearance.
- Drivers must yield the right-of-way to a bicyclist on any trail, path, or bike lane.
- Drivers cannot stop, park, or drive in bike pathways, unless it’s for an emergency.
- Cyclists are required to ride on the right-hand side of the road, unless they have to make a left-hand turn at an intersection.
- Bicycles must have a white lamp on the front of their bikes, and this light must be visible for at least 500 feet.
Contact a Phoenix Car Accident Lawyer at the Law Office of Richard Langerman
Have you or a loved one been hurt in a bicycle accident – or in any type of traffic crash? If so, call a Phoenix car accident lawyer at the Law Office of Richard Langerman at (602) 240-5525 or send us an email using the contact form at the bottom of this page to find out more about your recovery options.
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1 According to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
2“Bicycle Accident Legal Information Around Phoenix, AZ” published in AZ DOT’s Accident Data Center