Bicycle Accident Lawyer Scottsdale AZ
Arizona Bike Sales Boom During Corona Virus
Bicycle sales in Arizona and across the United States have spiked amid the coronavirus pandemic. Reuters reports people who recently purchased bikes say they were looking for a way to get outside at a time of sweeping shutdowns and stay-at-home orders aimed at containing the virus. Some people are also starting to pedal as an alternative to public transportation as a way to avoid the risk of catching the contagion on a bus or subway. Many purchases have also been for children “because parents don’t know what to do with their kids.” A bicycle accident lawyer Scottsdale AZ, can advise a collision victim concerning the possibility of a personal injury claim.
Normally biking is not a popular way to get to work in the U.S. Roughly 870,000 Americans, on average, commuted to work by bicycle in the five years through 2017, or about 0.6% of all workers, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The rate was higher in urban areas, at about 1.1%, and about 20 cities with at least 60,000 residents had rates of about 5% or more. Today, however, recent data show a higher percentage of American workers are using a bike to get to work. Private research firm Statista Inc.’s 2019 survey showed 5% rode their own bike, while another 1% used a bike share service, an increasingly common option in larger cities.
Bike shops are considered an essential business in Arizona, and are allowed to stay open under Governor Doug Ducey’s stay-home order. In Phoenix, many shops saw a big boost in foot traffic once gyms and fitness centers closed as people looked for ways to still get outside, yet maintain social distancing. Shops have been busier than ever, reporting quadruple incomes, showrooms clearing out and three-week turnarounds for repairs. Kent International Inc. says sales at most of the major retailers it supplies were up 30% last month and are up over 50% so far in April. Other manufacturers have also seen a surge in low-priced bikes over the past month. A bicycle accident lawyer Scottsdale AZ can investigate fault, contact witnesses and consult with an accident reconstructionist.
As bike ridership increases, reminders of safety are important. In Phoenix, there has been over 450 bicycle involved collisions in each of the last 5 years. The City of Phoenix has provided these safety tips when you bike:
- Yield to pedestrians: they always have the right of way.
- Always be predictable: Ride in a straight line with traffic, not against it.
- Obey traffic signs and signals: Stop at stop signs and obey traffic lights. Bicyclists must follow the same traffic rules as a motorist.
- Ride with caution: Be vigilant of driveways and intersections.
- Be bright and be seen: Use lights when riding at night or in low visibility conditions. Wear bright colored clothing so motorists can better see you.
- Leave the earbuds at home: make sure you can hear the roadway.
If you or loved one is involved in a bicycle accident, a bicycle accident attorney Scottsdale AZ should be consulted, the attorney can explain the settlement and litigation process. Call the office of Paul Englander, PLC today.