Most of the year, Arizona has the ideal climate for motorcycle riders. Whether used for recreation or daily transportation, motorcycles are an excellent alternative to cars and trucks because of their fuel economy and price. Both motorcycle drivers and passengers should use safety equipment, such as helmets, gloves, boots and other protective clothing, each time they ride, but motorcycle accidents – and injuries – can still happen.
When involved in a collision with another motor vehicle, there is very little protection between the rider and the ground. As a result, motorcycle riders are often more likely to suffer serious and devastating injuries than the driver or passenger of an enclosed vehicle.
Fortunately, under Arizona law, injured motorcycle riders do have rights and remedies. In most cases, motorcycle accidents are not the fault of the motorcyclist, which means an injury can be grounds for taking legal action to recover damages.
Personal Injury Help from Dedicated Lawyers
Petersen Johnson has a track record of taking on tough motorcycle accident cases and fighting for the victims. When your life is forever changed by a devastating accident, you deserve to have someone in your corner fighting for your best interests from the moment you’ve been hurt. You know you’re in good hands with our lawyers when you file an injury claim.
Immediately after an accident, contact our lawyers to find out if you have a case. We will review police reports, witness testimonies, and citations. We’ll also evaluate your medical records to identify the best course of action. If you are not considered at fault and have a case for damages, our AZ accident lawyers will fight for you.
Who Can File a Motorcycle Accident Claim in AZ?
Any party who has been injured in an accident because another person was not paying attention or was reckless in any other manner can prompt a motorcycle accident injury claim. If you have suffered severe and life-changing injuries because of such an accident, Arizona personal injury law enables you to hold that party accountable by filing a legal claim for damages. Having an attorney who knows these cases and who will work hard on your behalf is of paramount importance in an injury claim.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The impact of an accident might look quite different from one crash to another, but the most important factor is that many motorcycle accident victims will suffer severe injuries. These injuries might not be diagnosed until you get to the hospital or even days later when you begin to experience symptoms. Some of the most common injuries associated with motorcycle crashes include:
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Concussions and other head injuries
- Lacerations and scrapes
- Fractures and sprains
- Neck and spinal cord pain
- Back pain
All of these issues can make it difficult for you to return to work, ride your bike again, or be able to enjoy activities as you did before the accident. For this reason, you need to take your legal claim seriously and retain only an attorney you can trust with your future. Far too many motorcycle accident victims don’t realize the potential impact of the crash until it’s too late. Your ability to recover compensation may depend on quick action and the right lawyer.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle riders are exposed to higher injury risk because they don’t have the benefit of seatbelts, airbags, and other technology designed to minimize injuries in an accident. Sadly, the vast majority of motorcycle crashes are caused by other drivers. The most common causes of these accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Reckless driving
- Inability to follow road laws
- Not looking properly before changing lanes or making a turn
- Running through a red light or a stop sign
Who Can Be Held Responsible in a Motorcycle Injury Claim?
The specifics of your accident will determine who might be held liable in an Arizona motorcycle crash claim. Your lawyer should begin investigating immediately to determine the next steps to take. A prompt investigation may reveal that multiple parties are responsible for your injuries. A liable party might include another driver, the government entity that failed to repair a dangerous road, or the manufacturer of the motorcycle or any motorcycle parts. When the accident happens, make sure you file a police report and provide accurate information about how you remember it.
What Damages Can I Recover in an Arizona Motorcycle Injury Claim?
Your medical bills are often your first concern after a serious motorcycle accident, but they are not the only issue in terms of damages and recovery. You might also be unable to work for a long period of time or ever again, and an Arizona motorcycle injury claim could help you recover lost wages so you don’t have to worry about paying your bills. Only a lawyer can tell you more about what kinds of damages may be linked to your case.
You can’t afford to wait to get help- your future is on the line. Schedule a meeting today with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in AZ so that you can focus on recovery.
If you are in the Phoenix area and think you may need a personal injury attorney to help with your claim, set up a free consultation with Petersen Johnson right away.