Scottsdale Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Riding a motorcycle can be a very exhilarating experience for people seeking the open road and downtime spent exploring outdoor vistas near and far. Most of the time, these motorcycle rides happen without incident.
However, if when motorcycles are involved in accidents with other vehicles, riders can suffer devastating injuries or they can die from the horrendous impact of the collisions. If you or a loved one has been injured or has been killed in a motorcycle accident that was caused by the negligence or intentional action of another driver, you need to contact the Scottsdale motorcycle accident lawyers now at (480) 867-7177.
Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous under the best of circumstances, but road conditions and other drivers are unpredictable, and a motorcycle accident can be devastating and even deadly.
Motorcycles are not as visible as cars, and they weigh much less than cars. In a motorcycle accident, the rider is not protected by much else than any safety gear they may be wearing. A motorcycle rider is much more likely to be killed or injured in a crash than a driver or passenger of an enclosed vehicle.
Motorcycle accidents are legally treated differently than car or truck accidents. It’s important for you to have an experienced team of motorcycle accident attorneys to help you obtain the compensation you’re entitled to. The Bourassa Law Group can help you get justice and hold the negligent driver(s) accountable when you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident. Call us today at (480) 867-7177 for a no-obligation consultation about your case.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
- Head-on collision – Over half of car collisions with motorcycles are head-on, and these can often result in motorcyclist fatalities.
- Left-turn collision – These are very common, as the motorcyclist is less visible to the driver of a car and is less protected in an accident.
- Single-motorcycle accident – Hitting fixed objects is a leading cause of motorcycle accidents. The rider is usually thrown from the bike and hits an object or the ground hard. Injuries are amplified if the motorcyclist was not wearing the proper safety gear.
- Lane-switching – A car moving into a motorcycle’s lane can cause an accident, as it is much easier for a motorcycle to be hidden in a car’s blind spot.
- Impaired driving – Those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs present a significant danger to motorcyclists because of the driver’s reduced awareness of their surroundings and the smaller size of the motorcycle, among other factors.
- Sudden stops – The immense weight of a car or truck means that those who follow close behind a motorcycle may not have time to stop to avoid a crash. Drivers often follow more closely behind other vehicles than is recommended. It takes about 4.6 seconds for a normal car traveling at highway speeds under normal conditions to stop. AAA recommends you leave four or more seconds of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead. In snowy or icy conditions, you should increase this to six seconds.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
- Approximately 75% of motorcycle accidents involve collisions with another vehicle.
- In collisions with another vehicle, two-thirds of the accidents are caused by the other vehicle violating the right-of-way of the motorcyclist.
- NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,872 motorcyclists in 2017.
- 17% of all traffic fatalities in 2017 were drivers or passengers of motorcycles.
Motorcycle Laws in Arizona
In addition to other state traffic laws, Arizona has laws specific to motorcycles. These include:
- Motorists cannot deprive a motorcycle of the use of a lane.
- Motorcyclists cannot split traffic lanes and cannot pass another vehicle in the same lane.
- Motorcyclists cannot ride more than two abreast in traffic.
- Anyone younger than 18 on a motorcycle must wear an approved helmet (either three-quarter style or full-face style).
- A driver must wear certain protective gear, such as goggles, glasses, or a face shield while operating a motorcycle or the vehicle must have a windscreen installed.
- A motorcycle must have a seat for the driver and a seat for any passenger.
- A motorcycle must be equipped with headlamps, a horn, a brake, and handlebars that position the hands at or below the level of the shoulders when the operator is gripping the handlebars.
- A driver must have a motorcycle endorsement on their license to operate a motorcycle in the state.
In order to get a motorcycle license (M endorsement), the driver must be at least 16 years old, must have a valid learner’s permit for at least 6 months if under 18 years old, and must complete an approved motorcycle driver safety program or submit a certified form from a parent or guardian that the applicant has at least 30 hours of driving practice. The applicant must also pass a written test and vision and medical screenings.
What to Do in a Motorcycle Accident
- The first and most important thing in any accident is ensuring the physical safety of yourself and other victims. Call 9-1-1 if there are injuries or fatalities, and wait for law enforcement and emergency services in a safe location.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you don’t think you were injured, you need to see a doctor. You may have non-visible injuries such as internal bleeding or organ damage, a concussion, or whiplash. The symptoms of these kinds of injuries may not be immediately obvious. Further, refusing medical treatment may jeopardize any insurance claims you make later on.
- Talk to law enforcement. An accident report is important evidence in a motorcycle accident insurance claim. To file an official report about a motorcycle accident in Scottsdale, call 480-312-5000.
The report should include the names of all parties, the date, time, and location of the accident, contact information and driver’s license numbers of the drivers involved in the accident, contact information for witnesses, vehicle insurance information, and a description of the crash.
- Call The Bourassa Law Group right away at (480) 867-7177. We can answer all your questions about how to move forward with your case. Any information you can provide about the accident will be helpful.
- Collect information from others on the scene. Get insurance information and contact information from other drivers, license plate numbers, and even contact information from eyewitnesses. Be careful what you say to others, however. Do not make any assertions or admissions of guilt.
- Take pictures. Use a cell phone camera to take pictures of the damage to vehicles, the vehicles’ location before they are moved, and damage to the roadway and the surrounding environment. These can all provide important information in an insurance claim.
Most Common Motorcycle Injuries
- Road rash – Road rash occurs when a rider slides across the pavement after being thrown from the bike. This can lead to permanent skin damage and even nerve damage.
- Broken bones – The lack of protection around a rider’s body means that it will take the full force of any impact. This can fracture or break bones in the arms, legs, hips, feet or wrists.
- Head injuries – The brain is a very delicate organ. Head injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash can include everything from a concussion to brain damage or a fractured skull.
- Injuries to the legs, knees, or feet – The lower half of a motorcyclist’s body is vulnerable due to the position of the body on the vehicle.
- Damage to the hands or arms – A common reaction to being thrown from a motorcycle is to stretch the arms out in front of the body. The resulting impact can cause lasting nerve damage in addition to other injuries.
What Can I Receive Compensation for in a Motorcycle Accident?
Although there is no set value for a motorcycle accident compensation claim, there are a number of components that need to be considered in each claim:
Medical Expenses – Your medical bills for a motorcycle accident will be an important part of your claim.
Lost Wages – Any wages you can’t earn and that you will lose in the future because of the injuries you’ve suffered in the accident could figure into compensation.
Pain and Suffering -Psychological and physical pain from injuries sustained in the accident may be compensated as well.
Loss of Consortium – Your spouse or children may be compensated if the accident affects your relationship with them.
Burial Expenses – In the tragic event of a death, burial expenses may be compensated.
Example of a Motorcycle Accident Case We Won
Brian E. was driving his motorcycle on the street, when, without warning, a driver pulled out of a private driveway, causing Mr. E’s motorcycle to violently collide with her vehicle. Because the other driver failed to ensure that the crossing traffic was clear before pulling out, our client’s motorcycle was totaled and he suffered multiple injuries that resulted in a painful recovery, caused him to miss work and miss treasured family vacations. Our team at The Bourassa Law Group worked diligently and aggressively to negotiate a settlement of $425,000.00 for Brian.
Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, you are dealing with unfathomable pain and suffering. You need an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer on your side to help handle the legal aspects of getting the compensation you deserve.
We can investigate the circumstances of the accident, interview witnesses, and answer all of your questions related to compensation and your case.
At The Bourassa Law Group, we can provide the legal expertise to help you get the compensation you are entitled to. Call The Bourassa Law Group now at (480) 867-7177.