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Why Hire Us As Your Arizona Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Bicycles are becoming an increasingly popular mode of transportation in Arizona. People want to avoid paying for fuel and they are more concerned with living green lifestyles. This is admirable. However, the increasing number of bikes means it is more likely that bicyclists could get involved in accidents. These accidents often lead to injury, disfigurement or even death. In order to get compensation for their losses, many accident victims need the help of an Arizona bicycle accident lawyer. Bicycle accidents take place in all kinds of circumstances, but some situations are more dangerous than others. For example, intersections put cyclists in the gravest danger. A driver may fail to yield the right of way and strike them. Cyclists can also get hurt when merging, turning or stopping. They have little to protect them against the speed and force of a larger vehicle. Therefore, their injuries can be severe. The statistics show how much danger bicyclists are in when they head out on Arizona’s roads. In 2017, 1,490 accidents in the state of Arizona involved bike riders. They resulted in 1,371 injuries and 32 deaths. The majority of these crashes occurred in urban areas like downtown Phoenix. Nathaniel B. Preston at Warnock Mackinlay Law has handled many cases on behalf of injured bicyclists. You or someone you love may have been hurt because of another road user’s negligence. If so, you deserve to be compensated. Insurance policies and the legal system can be difficult to understand but our law firm has several years of experience. We can support you during this difficult time and ensure you recover your losses. Call our office today at (602)461 8002 to receive a risk-free consultation with our expert lawyers

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Common Causes of Bike Accidents

Bicycle riders face a number of hazards whenever they travel on public roads. These include the lack of proper signage, dedicated bike lanes, and road shoulders. However, most bike accidents are caused by the negligence or recklessness of other drivers. Some examples of this are:

  • Speeding
  • Driving after using alcohol or drugs
  • Texting or talking on the phone while driving
  • Failing to yield the right-of-way
  • Intruding into a bike lane
  • Striking a cyclist with a car door
  • Running a stop sign or red light
  • Entering traffic directly in front of a cyclist

Common Injuries After an Arizona Bicycle Accident

Any of these types of accidents can lead to injuries, some of them serious. Lacerations, burns, facial disfigurement, internal damage, and amputations occur frequently. These injuries have a big impact on victims’ ability to live their lives normally. If someone is responsible for the accident, they should have to pay. An Arizona bicycle accident lawyer can ensure that they are held liable. Three of the serious injuries which are common are:

Head Injuries

Bicyclists are encouraged to wear helmets but even then, they can still get head injuries. These include traumatic brain injury, skull fractures, intracranial bleeding, concussions, and contusions. Long after the accident, victims may experience headaches, memory loss, insomnia, seizures, difficulty talking or loss of mental function. They may require long-term medical care, multiple surgeries and physical therapy. Some can never return to work.

Bone Fractures

If you get hit by a vehicle, you will likely be thrown from your bicycle. Cyclists tend to fracture bones in their arms, legs, back, collarbone, and pelvis. Multiple fractures are common and some of them can take months or years to heal. You may need to get surgery to re-set your bones and the road to recovery can be long. You may not be able to earn a living while you recover.

Spinal Injuries

Cyclists who hit the pavement or an object can suffer spinal injuries. Slipped discs can be fixed with surgery or therapy. However, a severed spinal cord usually results in permanent paralysis or death. Even spinal injuries which are repaired can prevent you from performing regular activities for months or years. Some people have to learn how to stand and walk all over again.
Arizona bicycle accidents often result in serious injuries to the bicyclist. As a result, financial damages pile up and victims deserve compensation.

How Do I Prove Negligence in An Arizona Bike Accident?

The mere fact that you were injured in an accident isn’t enough to get you compensation from the driver. You have to prove that their negligence or recklessness caused the crash. Arizona is a fault-based state where insurance is concerned.  If the other driver is at fault, your first step should be to file a claim with their insurer. A lawsuit is a last resort. However, the driver is not automatically at fault. If the accident was caused by a malfunctioning stoplight, the city or the manufacturer should be held responsible.  Arizona bike accident lawyers will make sure they identify the liable party or parties correctly.

In personal injury cases, in order to prove that someone was negligent, you need to establish:

  • Duty of care. The individual or entity must have owed you some duty of care. Drivers, for example, have a responsibility to obey traffic laws. They should take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of other road users. Manufacturers also have a duty to consumers to ensure their bicycles are safe.
  • Breach of duty of care. Your attorney will investigate to determine if the party you believe is at fault breached their duty to you. In the case of a driver, this includes texting and driving, speeding, running a red light or otherwise driving recklessly. A city may also breach its duty if it fails to maintain a safe space for bicyclists.
  • Causation.  You must be able to prove that the defendant’s breach of duty directly led to your accident. If a distracted driver crashed into you because their brakes failed, their distraction did not directly cause the accident.
  • Damages. The final thing you must show is that you suffered real losses. These include medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and mental anguish. Photos, bills, and a medical report can help you to prove you suffered damages.

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Contact an Arizona Bicycle Accident Lawyer and Get the Damages You Deserve

Most bicycle accident victims want to know how much they can receive in compensation.  Those with the most to gain benefit most from having an attorney. This is because insurance companies try hard not to pay out large claims. With the help of Nathaniel B. Preston at Warnock Mackinlay Law, you may be able to recover:

  • Current and future medical costs.
  • Lost income.
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property repairs or replace
  • Loss of consortium if you lost a loved one
  • Punitive damages if the defendant was extremely negligent or reckless

Having an attorney can make all the difference whether in negotiations or filing a suit. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation and let us discuss your case in detail. The sooner you contact us, the sooner you can get the compensation you deserve. Call us at (602)600-6427 and let us work for you.

Contact our exceptional car accident attorneys

Nathaniel Preston is a compassionate car accident and personal injury attorney in Peoria, AZ. He understands how traumatic a car accident and subsequent personal injuries can be. If you have been in a car accident and have possibly been injured due to the negligence or carelessness of another person or entity, contact Nathaniel Preston today to discuss your case. He is aggressive. He is compassionate. He knows the law. He gets results. He offers legal services in Peoria, Arizona, and for the greater Phoenix area community.





Meet Our Attorneys

When you choose to work with one of our Phoenix Arizona motorcycle accident lawyers or personal injury lawyers, you don’t have to pay attorney fees unless we win. Most importantly, we always see you as a person, never a number or dollar sign. We do our best to fight for your rights through and through. Choose the firm who caters to you.
Nathaniel Preston
Nathaniel Preson

Managing Partner, Nate Preston, has profound knowledge of accident law. He has successfully resolved numerous cases for injured victims in excess of $1,000,000.00 each.

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Jay MacKinlay
Jay MacKinlay

Jay has more than 23 years of experience handling hundreds of personal injury cases in court proceedings, including multi-million dollar resolutions.

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Eric Robinson
Eric Robinson

Eric has practiced law in Arizona for a full decade. He has litigated hundreds of cases and has focused much of his attention on helping injured victims within the Hispanic community.

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Richard Lundin
Richard Lundin

Rick focuses his practice in representing individuals injured in automobile and personal injury accidents in both state and federal courts.

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Quinton Riches
Quinton Riches

Quinton, a UCLA law school graduate, helps injured clients recover millions of dollars each year.

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Anthony Ramirez
Anthony Ramirez

Anthony’s background as a police officer, an insurance claims adjuster and a private investigator gives him great insight and experience in handling personal injury claims.

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Rayven Garcia
Rayven Garcia

Rayven holds a degree in criminology and criminal justice, providing a great background for her focus in personal injury law.

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Melanie Spilo
Melanie Spilo

Melanie has successfully aided injured clients in recovering large resolutions and has assisted family law clients reduce expensive divorce costs and stress.

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Nate’s commitment to his clients is unparalleled among personal injury lawyers. His fluency in Spanish makes him an even more effective advocate as he pursues injured victims’ rights. While at Arizona State University College of Law, Nate was a Pedrick Scholar Honor Student and the recipient of the Cali Excellent for Top Student Award. Before concentrating his practice solely in the area of wrongful death, personal injury and catastrophic accidents, Nate’s experience has been broad and invaluable to the clients he represents today.

Prior to Warnock MacKinlay Law, Nate clerked for the law firm of Baker and McKenzie, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious law firms. As a law student, Nate was instrumental in advancing the rights of injured victims and establishing case law precedent while working at the Arizona State University Civil Justice Clinic.

Nate brings into the practice of law the same grit and determination he had as a varsity football player at BYU and an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

A fun and interesting fact about Nate is that he has traveled to over 40 countries and is an expert with flying drones and drone photography.

Jay Mackinlay

With close to a quarter of a century of personal injury experience, Jay has participated in virtually hundreds of court proceedings representing injured victims. He has been successful in complex cases requiring appearances throughout the United States, but is equally comfortable assisting individuals in his home state of Arizona.

Jay has magnanimously given back to the community, having donated countless hours of free legal advice to those less fortunate or who did not have the funds for legal assistance. He was recognized by Arizona State University as having performed the most homeless shelter visits and assistance.

Jay is admitted to practice before the highest State and Federal courts in Arizona. He is also licensed to practice law before the Colorado Supreme Court, the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Appeals. In all of his educational endeavors, specifically college and law school, Jay has graduated with honors.

A fun and interesting fact about Jay is that he speaks and writes French fluently, and competes in mountain biking and marathons.

Eric Robinson

Eric’s practice of law during the last 10 years has been representing injured victims exclusively. His focus is on litigation of victims’ claims, where the responsible party had previously been unwilling to recognize full compensation to his clients. He has been particularly successful in dog bite cases and the very difficult to prove slip and fall injuries.

An extensive part of Eric’s practice are cases referred to him by other personal injury firms who do not feel comfortable taking the case to trial. Eric’s success in these cases has been phenomenal.
Eric has worked on a successful Petition to the United States Supreme Court and had an opinion article published in the Washington Times, and he was also the Senior Articles Editor of the Sports and Entertainment Law Journal.

A fun and interesting fact about Eric is that he is an avid golfer and college football fan.

Richard S. Lundin

During his 25 years of practice in the personal injury field, Rick owned his own law firm in Maryland for a number of years, having successfully litigated and supervised virtually hundreds of cases. Rick is extremely hands-on with clients and tailors his approach to their individual needs on an individual case-by-case basis. Rick definitely goes the extra mile for each client he represents and his responsive committed style has consistently earned him Five Star client satisfaction and appreciation.

Rick has focused on being a lawyer since 16 years of age and at 19, became a part-time litigation assistant at a large established law firm in downtown Phoenix. Due to his excellent credentials, Rick had the opportunity to choose from many law schools and selected George Washington University in Washington, D.C., a very prestigious and highly ranked law school in the country.

A fun and interesting fact about Rick is he is a fourth generation Arizonan, his family having resided in our state for over 100 years, when they were a farming family in Glendale, Arizona. He also enjoys extensive backcountry hiking and camping.


When attorney Quinton D. Riches accepts a case, his clients collect the benefits of his attention to detail, aggressive strategies, and emphasis on client satisfaction. Quinton handles each case with care and has helped his clients recover millions of dollars.

Quinton has successfully handled hundreds of personal injury cases, including wrongful death claims, various animal attacks and dog bites, pedestrian and car accidents, premises liability cases and many others. Quinton believes in fighting for those who are injured and works hard to prevent insurance companies from taking advantage of his clients in their vulnerable state. The personal injury and legal process can be daunting, especially for those who have never had to deal with such issues. Quinton and his qualified team are ready to jump in and fight to get clients get what they deserve, which allows his clients to focus on their recovery while knowing the rest will be handled.

Prior to his time at Warnock MacKinlay Law, Quinton worked at a prominent law firm in Arizona and another large, multinational law firm in Beijing, China. While in Beijing, he performed legal due diligence for a multi-billion-dollar merger and acquisition across countries, requiring his background in finance, understanding of complex legal issues, and Chinese. He has successfully transitioned his detail-oriented focus and background to civil litigation, focusing on victims who have been injured.

Outside of work and fighting for his clients, Quinton enjoys boxing, hiking, traveling, and spending time with his family. Quinton is supported by a loving wife who recently gave birth to their first child. Quinton is native Arizonan and enjoys being able to give back to and help the community.

Anthony Ramirez

Anthony is a former police officer with the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, providing him with an uncanny knowledge and background to effectively understand the dynamics of motor vehicle collisions and investigations. This has proven to be invaluable in the evaluation of client accident cases and the methodology in which accidents occur.

Anthony understands more than anyone the “ins and outs” of insurance companies and their methodology of cheating the victim. Anthony is a licensed insurance adjuster, as well as a licensed private investigator. His skills developed in these areas are leveraged to benefit each of his client’s cases.

Anthony is incredibly engaged in the community and provides a tremendous amount of assistance to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Sit down with Anthony and you will be mesmerized by his stories from his time with the Arizona Rangers and as a former police officer in our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C.

A fun and interesting fact about Anthony is that he was a member of the Red Mountain Rugby Warthogs from Mesa, Arizona, who won the 2008 U.S. Rugby National Championship.

Rayven Garcia

As with many of the attorneys at Warnock MacKinlay Law, Rayven was born and raised in Arizona and her extensive background in criminology and criminal justice are a significant benefit to her in analyzing and dissecting the personal injury case. Rayven focuses her practice in personal injury, including wrongful death, and has handled numerous transit injuries, as well as slip and fall accidents that occur virtually daily.

Rayven’s time in volunteering with Mothers Against Drunk Driving also gave her a great deal of experience in accident cases, so many of which are caused by impaired individuals. Rayven’s background with Legal Aid Clinics prepared her for a fast-paced, live client setting representing numerous low-income clients under the careful guidance and thoughtful teaching of supervising attorneys.

A fun and interesting fact about Rayven is that she is a die-hard San Francisco 49ers fan and does not miss a single game.

Melanie Spilo

Melanie’s extensive experience in mediating disputes during law school led her to the subsequent practice of personal injury law. She has successfully performed in excess of 300+ hours of legal mediations and she is a driven advocate for her clients and prides herself on extensive service and professionalism.

Melanie has worked in the legal field for 6 years concentrating on personal injury practice. She has successfully aided clients and senior attorneys to recover large verdicts and resolutions during her tenure at the firm.

A fun and interesting fact about Melanie is that on every educational challenge she has undertaken, including college and law school, she has completed the curriculum and earned her degree faster than anyone else in her graduating class.


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