Motorcycle Accidents Attorney in Phoenix
The warm temperatures in Phoenix mean motorcyclists can enjoy the open roadways nearly year-round. Riders know that little compares to the sense of freedom experienced on a bike.
The joys and advantages of riding a motorcycle also have a cost – an increased chance of an accident. Bikes are considerably smaller than passenger vehicles and trucks on the road. Distracted drivers easily overlook them. Road obstacles and potholes can be disastrous.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident because of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the IBF Law Group in Phoenix to discuss your case.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Statistics show the vulnerability of motorcyclists. Of the 121,345 motor vehicle accidents in Arizona in 2021, motorcycles were involved in less than 3 percent. However, nearly 80% of all motorcycle accidents resulted in an injury. More than 6% were fatal crashes.
There are common reasons behind motorcycle crashes in Phoenix:
- Drivers and passengers open their car doors before checking their surroundings
- The oncoming driver does not see the motorcycle and takes a left turn in front of the bike
- Motorists run through a light as it changes red, hitting the motorcycle they failed to notice
- A driver does not double-check their blind spots before changing lanes
- Debris and hazards like unmarked potholes and unsecured cargo are exponentially more dangerous to motorcycles
Motorcycle Crash Injuries
Injuries tend to be more severe in motorcycle accidents because riders do not have the protection around them like in a passenger car.
Common injuries in motorcycle accidents include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Road rash
National reports show motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to die in a crash than those in a passenger car.
Act Now to Pursue Compensation
All states have statutes of limitations that restrict how long after an accident someone can file a personal injury lawsuit. In most cases, accident victims only have two years from the date of the accident. If the injury is not discovered until later (this happens sometimes), the two-year clock begins counting down on the date of discovery.
The time restriction in Phoenix is not the only reason to move forward as soon as possible with legal action. As more time passes, evidence at the scene fades, and the memory of witnesses diminishes. Our legal team can typically build a stronger case when we are able to investigate the details not long after the accident.
Potential Damages Available in a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
A successful lawsuit for injuries and/or property damage sustained in a motorcycle crash can recover economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include lost wages, hospital and doctor bills, physical therapy, prescriptions, property damage, and other financial losses related to the crash.
Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of companionship.
Punitive damages may also be awarded when the liable person is found to be guilty of reprehensible, malicious, or fraudulent behavior.
Not all personal injury cases end up before a jury. We also are accomplished negotiators when dealing with the insurance company.
Injured in a Motorcycle Accident in Phoenix? Don’t Settle for Less than You Deserve
Insurance companies are not looking out for your best interests. Their goal is to minimize how much they pay out on claims.
At the IBF Law Group, we fight for every penny our clients deserve. You owe it to yourself to talk to us before you settle with the insurance company. By agreeing quickly to the insurance company’s first offer, you may be cheating yourself out of thousands of dollars or more.
If you have been injured in a Phoenix accident or your motorcycle sustained damage because of another’s negligence, our skilled attorney can evaluate your case during a free consultation. Call (602) 833-1110 to schedule.