Owning a motorcycle comes with its benefits, but you’ll find far too often a close call resulting in a motorcycle accident to consider it a truly safe hobby. While you might be the safest driver on the road, there are other drivers out there, and they’re not paying attention. Have you ever been pushed out of the way by a driver changing lanes without noticing you next to him or her? Has a driver ever made a left-hand turn at an intersection you were going straight through from the opposite direction?
While you shouldn’t ever be punished for the type of vehicle you drive, you do have to pay extra attention as the driver of a motorcycle. These days, you’ve got all the typical distractions of drivers behind the wheel, plus technology. Many drivers simply don’t pay attention to motorcyclists.
The majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers in another type of vehicle. This could be due to the fact there are more sedans and trucks on Tucson, AZ, roads than motorcycles, but it could also be due to a variety of other reasons. For example, it’s hard to see motorcyclists if you’re in a big truck and you don’t take an extra 30 seconds to look for a motorcycle before changing lanes. Quickly glancing in the direction of your blind spot might allow you to see a minivan, but you could miss a motorcycle.
Another reason other drivers cause the majority of biking accidents in Phoenix is that they have all the safety features in their cars that motorcyclists don’t have. As a biker, you’re going to drive as safely as possible because you don’t have airbags, seat belts, or a big metal frame encasing your body. As a truck or sedan driver, you’re generally just in a hurry to get somewhere and don’t pay attention to those same safety issues. Some other causes include:
If you are involved in one of these situations, it’s time to call your motorcycle accident attorney. At Leon Law, PLLC, we are committed to fighting for the appropriate compensation of every biker we represent. Each case presents a unique challenge and situation, and we’re happy to work through that with you. Careless, reckless, or otherwise negligent drivers should be held accountable, and we can help you understand which damages to seek. Some common damages might include:
If you’re the family member of someone who died after injuries received in a motorcycle collision, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. There are some damages that are the same, and some that are unique to death, and we can help you determine those differences and what you can include in the lawsuit.
After learning about the causes of and compensation for injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, you may have a lot of questions.
At Leon Law, PLLC, we do our best to answer those so you can move forward with your case and your life. With a focus on each client and a commitment to have more one-on-one meetings, our lawyers are available, approachable, knowledgeable, and ready to help with your case. The following are some important things you should know about motorcycle accidents in Phoenix, AZ, and legal consequences.
The moments directly after your accident could be some of the most crucial to your case. If you brush it off and act as though nothing happened, you may not have a case at all.
You might think the liable party is either you or another driver, but there are a lot of individuals and entities that could be responsible for your crash in Phoenix, AZ. Our lawyers can help you look beyond the other driver to find other parties you could seek compensation from.
If you’re involved in a hit-and-run, the thought might cross your mind that you won’t be able to seek compensation because you don’t know who hit you. The good news is you do still have a couple of options.
First, you can work with the police to find the individual who hit you. Whether this was a truck driver, another motorcyclist, or someone in a sedan, the authorities may be able to find the culprit with your help, the help of witnesses, and the help of surveillance cameras in the area. You can then seek compensation from that individual.
Second, you can file a claim through your own insurance company. If you are properly insured, your motorcycle insurance coverage should be able to cover some or all of your medical expenses and property damages repairs. Our lawyers can help you figure out how to get this done.
Unfortunately, not every motorcycle accident results in survival. If your loved one was hit while riding a motorcycle, and later died from injuries sustained, you may have a case for wrongful death. In Arizona, either a child, parent, spouse, or personal representative for the estate can file the wrongful death lawsuit.
The statute of limitations is two years, so that gives us enough time to put together a solid case. There are some exceptions to the statute, and you will learn about those when you meet with a lawyer. Some possible damages you and your family could claim include medical bills, legal fees, funeral and burial expenses, lost income, lost benefits, and other similar damages.
Being in a motorcycle accident can create a landslide of consequences you don’t want to deal with. If you or a loved one needs legal assistance in Phoenix, AZ, after injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash, contact Leon Law, PLLC today at 480-269-1083, or fill in our online form and we’ll be in touch.
If you are seeking to make a motorcycle accident claim, then it is important for you to have access to experienced legal counsel. These types of cases can be complex and we want to help guide you through this situation. Regardless of whether you were wearing a helmet or have your own insurance coverage, you may still be able to recover damages for your personal injuries from another driver who is at fault for your Phoenix motorcycle accident. You may even be able to receive compensation if there was never a collision, but you were forced to veer off the road to avoid a collision. Due to the many scenarios and complexities, you will benefit from having the sound legal counsel of Leon Law, PLLC. Call our office at (480) 269-1083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation or for more information.
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