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Our Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyers recognize that when motorcyclists are hit by passenger vehicles, the risk of suffering devastating injury is extremely high. Motorcycles do not provide the structural protection of a passenger car nor safety equipment like seat belts or airbags. This lack of protection creates a much more substantial risk of suffering catastrophic injuries that cause paralysis, impaired cognitive functioning, disfigurement and other consequences that affect an injury victim’s quality of life. The medical expenses and lost income incurred because of a motorcycle crash can be staggering, but an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can investigate the circumstances of your collision, identify responsible parties, negotiate with insurance companies, file your lawsuit and represent your interests in court.
How Serious Is the Risk of Injury in a Motorcycle Accident?
While drunk drivers, texting drivers and other careless or inattentive motorists pose a serious threat to the safety of everyone on the road, the danger to motorcyclists is magnified because of the lack of protection and more limited stability of a motorcycle. Operators and passengers are more likely to be involved in a collision and to suffer more severe injuries. The Governors Highway Safety Association reports that motorcycle crashes caused the death of 5,000 people in 2012, which represents a nine percent increase from the previous year. This is consistent with a long-term trend that has seen motorcycle fatalities increase as the overall number of motor vehicle accident fatalities has declined. The study also found that motorcycle accident fatalities rose in 14 of the previous 15 years.
Studies and analysis of motor vehicle accident statistics also reveal that motorcyclists face a much higher risk of suffering severe injuries or death. A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that motorcyclists were 35 times more like to die in a crash than occupants of passenger cars. While motorcycles are inherently more dangerous, riders can mitigate this risk by wearing a helmet. Head injuries are the leading cause motorcycle accident fatalities. Motorcycle helmets are 37 percent effective in preventing fatalities and 67 percent effective in preventing traumatic brain injuries according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Why Do Phoenix Motorcycle Crashes Occur?
Motorcycle collisions are often caused by the negligence of passenger vehicle drivers. Because motorcycles are smaller than passenger cars and more prone to being hidden by other vehicles or objects, other motorists are less likely to notice motorcycles. The common failure of passenger car drivers to observe motorcyclists is exacerbated by drunk driving, distracted driving and other forms of negligence. Some of the most common forms of negligent driving that causes motorcycle accidents include:
- Left turns in front of motorcyclists who have the right of way
- Talking or texting on a cell phone
- Failure to observe a safe following distance
- Exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast given traffic and weather conditions
- Blowing through traffic signals and stop signs
- Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Driver inattention (grooming, reading, applying makeup, eating or drinking)
- Unsafe lane changes (failing to check that it is clear)
- Neglecting to perform maintenance on brakes or tires
These are just some of the types of driver negligence that can cause a serious motorcycle accident. Some motorcycle accidents are caused at least in part by other parties who might be financially responsible for causing a motorcycle crash. Examples might include:
- Car owners for negligently entrusting their vehicle to an unsafe driver
- Public entities for dangerous roads
- Vehicle manufacturers and retailers for defective vehicles
- Employers of negligent employees in the course and scope of employment
What Are the Most Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents?
Motorcyclists involved in crashes typically experience serious injuries that include:
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Compound fractures and broken bones
- Amputated limbs
- Severe road rash
- Wrongful death
When motorcycle riders suffer these types of serious injuries, they need a law firm that will carefully investigate the facts and determine all viable responsible parties. Our motorcycle accident attorneys work closely with crash reconstruction experts, medical experts, vocational rehabilitation experts and others to pursue the fullest recovery for our clients.
What Compensation Can Be Recovered by Bringing a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Because no two motorcycle accident cases are identical, the value of your motorcycle accident claim will depend on the nature of your injuries, type of wrongful conduct by the defendant, extent of permanent disability or disfigurement and a range of other factors. Generally, you might be able to seek some or all of the following damages:
- Vehicle damage
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of medical care
- Lost wages – past, present and future
- Diminished earning ability
- Loss of companionship, affection and guidance
- Punitive damages (egregious conduct cases)
Call Now to Talk to an Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Attorney
When you call Ariano & Associates PLLC, you will be immediately connected with a knowledgeable and friendly personal injury attorney so that you can get your questions answered without having to schedule an appointment. Our motorcycle accident lawyers are committed to personally handling our clients’ cases rather than passing cases to legal assistants and other support staff. Our Phoenix motorcycle accident law firm represents clients throughout the Phoenix area and Maricopa County, including but not limited to the following counties and cities: Scottsdale, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Paradise Valley, Apache Junction, Peoria, Glendale, Chandler, Fountain Valley, Goodyear, Avondale, Surprise, El Mirage and Sun City. We invite you to call us today so that you can get your questions answered and learn about your legal rights and remedies at (602) 666-0050.
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