Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
When You Have Been Injured in A Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle enthusiasts are passionate about riding. With mild weather and beautiful scenery, Arizona is a sought-after riding destination. Host to the Original Arizona Bike Week, a tradition for more than 20 years, Arizona has one of the most motorcycle-friendly cultures in the United States. For all its wonder, motorcycling as a hobby or as a mode of transportation can be extremely dangerous. If you or a loved one has been the victim of an accident with another vehicle, or as a result of dangerous road conditions, you need help navigating what can be a complex case for compensation. Get skilled legal representation. Call the Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at the Law Offices of Joel W. Black, LLC. We’re here to help you during this difficult time.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles are much smaller and lighter than other motor vehicles on the roadways such as cars and trucks, and for this reason, it makes them harder to see and easier to cause great damage and injury to the cycle itself and its rider. Some of the most common causes of motorcycles are:
Unsafe lane changes of other vehicles on the road. Because a motorcycle is more difficult to spot when coming up behind a driver, they risk colliding with a cyclist if he or she fails to check his or her blind spot or signal when changing lanes.
Speeding. A leading cause of all types of motor vehicle accidents, speeding reduces a driver’s chance of seeing and reacting to other motorists in time to prevent a crash. Science tells us that the greater the speed, the greater the impact and the more severe the damages or injuries can be.
Sudden stops. Rear-end accidents resulting from following too closely by either the operator of a car, truck, or motorcycle can end in an abrupt stop or the failure to stop at all. Accidents such as these can have dire consequences such as severe injury and even death.
Driving under the influence. Impaired driving, whether the driver of a motor vehicle is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, is a chronic problem in the United States. Though completely preventable, it does happen. By law, impaired drivers who cause accidents can face both civil and criminal liability lawsuits.
Dangerous road conditions. Poor road maintenance, ambiguous signs, and even bad weather can cause a roadway to be dangerous to a motorcyclist.
Motorcycle defects. The manufacturer or distributor of a poorly designed or manufactured motorcycle or motorcycle part can be held liable for any injuries or deaths arising from the use of the defective part.
Lane splitting by motorcycles. Driving between two lanes of traffic is called “lane splitting”. This practice may not be legal, but is common, especially during heavy traffic on main roads and freeways in Arizona. It poses an extremely dangerous situation, particularly for younger or less experienced cyclists.
Car doors. Accidents can occur when a driver of a vehicle opens their door into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. This is more prevalent in city settings.
Types of Injuries in Motorcycle Crashes
Injuries stemming from motorcycle accidents can be life-altering. By the very nature of the vehicle construction, riders are not afforded the same protection than that of being in an enclosed vehicle. While safety gear such as helmets, gloves, boots, and leathers can reduce the severity of the injury, traumatic and long-term medical difficulties occur. Some of them include:
- Amputations & Degloving
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Road Rash
- Neck, Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
There Is Help
Let the Phoenix Personal Injury Attorneys at the Law Offices of Joel W. Black, LLC help you get started on the road to recovery. It is important that you focus on recovering and getting your normal life back. We can seek restitution on your behalf from responsible parties. You may be legally eligible for compensation for lost wages, medical bills, continued medical care, pain and suffering, and property damage or loss of use. Reach out to us to see if you have a case.
Contact Our Experienced Attorneys
Don’t hesitate when your future, or the future of your family, is at risk. Liability in a motorcycle accident is not always clear. If we take your case, we will immediately investigate the incident, collect and preserve pertinent evidence, get medical reports and expert opinions, and get your claim moving toward settlement or trial if needed. We’re not afraid to take on insurance companies. While sometimes a trial is not necessary, we always prepare our case as if it will go to trial. Contact us today for a free, confidential initial consultation. Call us at (602) 277-1393 or fill out our online form.