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Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers in Phoenix, AZ

People ride motorcycles not only for reduced gas consumption and the ease of weaving around traffic jams but for the nearly euphoric feeling it conveys. You are in the open air, have flexibility in maneuvering, and can get your bike to accelerate more quickly than with most passenger cars.

But with that freedom comes a steep risk, since riders are almost certain to sustain injuries in any collision, many of which are catastrophic or fatal.


Retain an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle accidents often involve different issues than those found in typical car accidents. Because law enforcement and insurers can sometimes have a bias against riders, your attorney may have to conduct a comprehensive investigation of an accident scene that may require an expert in accident reconstruction. You will also need a seasoned attorney who has experience dealing with these types of injuries.

Because of their small size, motorcycles are not as visible to motorists and can suddenly appear next to a car when lane splitting or sharing. Numerous accidents occur at intersections or when motorists are making left turns, and either misjudge the speed of an approaching motorcycle or simply do not see it.

Consider these statistics on motorcycle accidents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:

  • One in seven traffic fatalities occurs on a motorcycle
  • Per vehicle mile, you are 35 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury in a motorcycle crash than in a passenger vehicle
  • 60% of motorcycle fatalities occur at night
  • Over 3,000 motorcycle accidents occur each year in Arizona
  • 98% of motorcycle accidents result in an injury to the rider or passenger
  • Motorcycle passengers are more likely to be killed in a motorcycle accident than the driver of the other vehicle involved
  • Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of death by 30%

In Arizona, only riders 17 years old and under are required to wear a helmet. Helmets have been shown by every reliable study to significantly reduce the number of head injuries, a common consequence of a motorcycle accident where the rider and passenger are ejected from their seats onto the roadway, into another vehicle or some other object.

If the accident victim is lucky enough to survive, he or she may still sustain a traumatic brain injury that can substantially change his or her life and that of his or her family.


Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Many motorcycle accidents occur at intersections because of inattentive motorists. Other factors include:

  • Intoxicated motorists and riders
  • Distracted motorists
  • Slippery road conditions
  • Excessive speeds
  • Failure to see motorcycle in blind spots, resulting in unsafe lane change
  • Lane splitting
  • Sudden stop by motorists with motorcycle in rear
  • Defective road maintenance or design
  • Equipment failure

Our lawyers can document and present to skeptical insurance adjusters the extent of the injuries suffered by accident victims along with the reasonableness of the costs of medical treatment, rehabilitation, loss of income, and diminished quality of life. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our trained attorneys.