Do you need to speak with a motorcycle accident attorney near you?
Call the Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyers at Stewart Law Group for a free, no-obligation consultation. We serve victims of motorcycle accidents throughout Phoenix, Peoria, Avondale, and the surrounding areas. We are here to ensure you get the care and compensation owed to you as a result of your accident.
With millions of motorcycles on the road and our beautiful Arizona sunshine, it’s no surprise that accidents involving motorcycles are common throughout Arizona. Unfortunately, with increased numbers of motorcycles on the road, we see increased numbers of accidents involving motorcycles. And invariably, when you’re involved in a motorcycle crash, there is a very high likelihood of injury.
Our team of motorcycle accident lawyers is here to help ensure all Phoenix motorcycle riders receive fair and experienced representation if they’re ever involved in a traffic accident.
If you’re a motorcycle rider, you’ve likely seen your fair share of near-accident situations, and you also know that those near-accident situations are rarely due to motorcyclist error or negligence. From cars changing lanes and not seeing you, to road conditions causing unsafe situations, and everything in between, there are a number of potential hazards that motorcycles face every day.
If you or a loved one were injured while riding, call us immediately to have one of our motorcycle accident attorneys near you answer your questions and get you the help you need.
Motorcycle Accidents – By The Numbers
Motorcycle accidents can permanently, and even fatally, injure riders. Because motorcycles do not enclose riders like other vehicles, injuries to motorcycle riders throughout the United States are often more frequent and serious:
- In 2019, 5,014 motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents
- This accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities
- Most motorcycle accidents happen during routine trips, not long-distance travel
- Per vehicle miles traveled in 2019, motorcyclists were about 29 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash and were 4 times more likely to be injured
- 42% of motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle crashes in 2019 were alcohol-impaired
- 30% of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2019 were riding without valid motorcycle licenses
- The fatality rate for motorcyclists (58.33) was more than 6 times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants (9.42) in 2019
- 23% of motorcycles involved in fatal crashes in 2019 collided with fixed objects
Injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents can be permanent, requiring a lifetime of treatment and long-term care. In addition to the serious nature of these physical injuries, accident victims oftentimes notice mental or emotional injuries that should not be ignored. This is why it’s so important for injured riders to speak with one of our experienced Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyers before speaking with any insurance company representatives, other people involved, or even law enforcement.
What insurance companies don’t want you to know, is that we can make sure this necessary, lifetime care is covered as part of your settlement. The insurance companies have teams of lawyers working on their side, you should too. If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, call the Stewart Law Group and put one of our aggressive motorcycle accident lawyers to work for you.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Arizona
Often, when there’s an accident involving a motorcycle, many automatically assume that it was the motorcyclist’s fault. This is not the case, however. Here in Arizona, the majority of accidents that motorcycles are involved in do not show that the operator of the motorcycle is at fault. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle-involved accidents in Arizona include:
- Distracted drivers
- Windblast from large vehicles
- Being struck by flying objects (pebbles, insects, etc)
- Being struck by another vehicle
- Poor Road Conditions
- Mechanical Failures
- Being struck by a merging vehicle
When motorcyclists are at fault, the causes obviously look very different. While not as common, common causes of motorcycle accidents when the motorcyclist is at fault include:
- Failure to yield
- Excessive speed
- Drunk driving, or driving under the influence
- Disregarded traffic signals
- Improper turning
- Collisions with fixed objects
- Following too closely
- Unsafe lane changes or passing
- Aggressive driving
- Driving in opposing lanes
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Because motorcyclists are more exposed, they are more susceptible to serious injury and death when in an accident. Minor but painful injuries such as scrapes, sprains, strains, burns, and fractures are most common.
Unfortunately, more serious injuries in motorcycle accidents are far more common than they are in other auto accidents. Motorcycle accidents are a leading cause of brain injuries, and one out of every five motorcycle accidents results in brain, head, neck, spinal cord, and serious burn injuries. Because many of these injuries involve the brain and spine, damage can be permanent and disabling. This means expenses and treatment will be lifelong as a result.
Accident victims need representation to ensure that a lifetime of pain & suffering is mitigated by a fair & just settlement. Our experienced Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyers have a proven track record of helping accident victims recover top compensation for their lost wages, medical expenses, quality of life issues, property damage, and a lifetime of pain & suffering.
Motorcycle Accident Compensation
Determining fault in a motorcycle accident case can be difficult. Traditionally, jurors tend to be biased and view motorcyclists as more reckless than drivers of other vehicles, even though this is typically not the case. In motor vehicle accidents, fault is determined by the law of negligence. This law states that individuals are required to conduct themselves in a way that conforms to certain standards of conduct. If a person, in this case, another motorist, doesn’t conform to that standard, the person can be held liable for harm he or she causes to the motorcyclist.
Compensation typically involves a variety of factors based on injuries and other losses suffered as a result of the accident. More significant injuries will result in higher claim values. Damages are typically separated into two categories, damages capable of exact calculation and damages not capable of exact calculation:
Damages Capable of Exact Calculation – Also known as special damages, these are quantifiable expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, and other financial losses.
Damages Not Capable of Exact Calculation – More commonly known as pain and suffering compensation, these damages are not as easy to calculate. An experienced accident lawyer will assist you in estimating an acceptable number for these damages.
What Should I Do if I’m in a Motorcycle Accident?
Before you do anything else, if you are able, get yourself to safety. Once you’re in a safe place to assess the situation, we recommend the following:
Assess – Check yourself and any passengers for injury. Be mindful of potential spine or head injuries. Take a look at the accident scene and if possible, move yourself and your equipment out of traffic. Call 911 for emergency medical services. Do not remove your own or your passenger’s protective gear -you may be in shock and not feeling the extent of your injuries. Wait for EMS to arrive and clear you to remove your helmet and other protective gear to avoid further injury.
Take Record – Grab your phone and take video or photos of the scene, any visible injuries, and damage to your motorcycle. Try to get contact information for any witnesses or other passengers, and if possible, ask them to recount the events of the accident. These details can fade fast, and having record from witnesses can be incredibly helpful later on.
Get Medical Attention – Even if you feel okay, it is always a good idea to get checked out. The shock of an accident can make it difficult to identify injuries, and some injuries do not present pain or other symptoms right away. Early detection is especially important with head and spinal cord injuries. Additionally, having proof of medical care can help if your case goes to trial.
Be Quiet – Even if it seems harmless, this is not the time to share on social media. Anything you share can, and likely will, be used against you. Insurance companies take great care to not pay if they don’t have to. Don’t give them any reason to think your injuries are not as serious as they really are. Talking about your accident, claim, or other day-to-day events can make a difference in the outcome of your case.
Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer – The first thing you might be thinking is, “where is the closest motorcycle accident attorney near me?” Because motorcycle injury cases are unique, it is critical that you have an experienced attorney on your side. Motorcycle accident lawyers handle cases that are different from other auto accidents and require additional experience and expertise.
Politely Decline – Regardless of how good it looks, do not accept any motorcycle accident settlement offers from anyone without consulting with an Arizona motorcycle accident lawyer. Often, insurance companies will use the shock and confusion immediately following an accident to present you with a seemingly good offer. These offers are rarely sufficient, and often exclude the extra care a lifelong or permanent injury may require. This is a very common and incredibly expensive mistake that will negatively impact any motorcycle accident payout compensation for which you may be eligible.
Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Near You
At Stewart Law Group, we understand the nuances of motorcycle accident injury cases, and we are ready to fight to ensure you get care and compensation for as long as you may need it. We’ve been on both sides of the table when it comes to personal injury law, and we know what insurance companies will do to try to get you to settle for a lower number.
Contact one of our motorcycle accident attorneys near you today for a 100% no-cost, no-obligation consultation. Wherever you are located in Phoenix or the surrounding areas, we are close by to serve you – either by phone, virtual meeting, or in-person visit.
Contact us today at 602-562-5000 to speak with one of our experienced Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyers. We will let you know what you can expect based on your unique situation and let you decide how you want to proceed.