Motorcycle Accident Attorney Chandler
The motorcyclist has very little protection against the road and even at low speeds, a collision can cause catastrophic injuries.
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident in Arizona, you’re going to need the help of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer Chandler. The attorneys at the Ferguson Law Group have several years of experience working on these types of complicated motorcycle accident cases. Contacting a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible will ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve from the at-fault driver for your injuries and other damages.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Since a motorcycle is significantly smaller than other vehicles on the road, other drivers can easily overlook motorcyclists. As a result, what was once an open lane quickly turns into a giant danger zone. Additionally, with almost no time to prevent the accident, the motorcyclist is at risk of severe injuries. Typically, and motorcycle accident occurs when another driver fails to obey the motorcycle rider’s right of way.
A motorcycle accident has a wide variety of causes, some of which include:
- Distracted driver
- Driving under the influence
- Not following traffic laws
- Left-hand turns
- Unsafe lane changes
- Inclement weather
- Debris in the road
- Following too closely
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
When riding a motorcycle, the motorcyclist’s body is exposed to the world. A helmet and good quality gear and clothing can help protect against road rash. However, the motorcyclist is still likely to suffer significant injuries upon impact. Their leg could be broken attempting to brace for the fall, or a rear-end collision could send them flying off their bike.
Unfortunately, even a low-speed collision can lead to catastrophic injuries.
The motorcycle rider is susceptible to a wide range of catastrophic injuries in an accident including the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord damage
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Back injuries
- Road rash
Riding a motorcycle puts the motorcyclist at risk of serious injuries when other drivers fail to take proper care on the roadway.
Should I Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
Having an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer on your side is crucial to the success of your claim. After you’ve been injured in an accident, an attorney will get to work right away investigating your accident to determine who is to blame.
Building a strong case and providing supporting evidence that proves the other driver is liable for your injuries can ensure you receive compensation to cover all damages related to your accident including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
An attorney will look out for your best interests and will advocate on your behalf to ensure that insurance adjusters and defense attorneys do not take advantage of you.
Negotiating with Insurance Companies
It’s important to keep in mind that an insurance adjuster isn’t your friend. While they may speak warmly to you and try to sound friendly, their main goal is to pay you as little as possible if anything at all. Typically, an insurance adjuster will want to take your statement and will request to record it. They will often ask confusing or misleading questions to get you to admit total or partial fault for the accident. The insurance adjuster is attempting to get you to say something that can harm your claim and can prevent them from having to pay you anything at all. Because of this, you must speak with a motorcycle accident attorney Chandler before interacting with an insurance company. In many cases, your attorney will end up taking over all communication with insurance adjusters to protect your claim and prevent you from accidentally saying something that may harm it.
If you do end up speaking with the insurance adjuster, whatever you do, don’t accept their settlement offer verbally or by signing anything. In most cases, insurance adjusters will offer you a lowball settlement amount that is not enough to cover the cost of your injuries and other damages. Insurance adjusters will offer a settlement before they even know the extent of your injuries. Therefore, you must speak with an attorney before having any contact with the insurance company.
Your Rights After a Motorcycle Accident
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident you have the right to receive full compensation for your injuries and other damages. Severe injuries can affect your family, personal life, and work. Unfortunately, even a low-speed accident can have this effect. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney will fight for maximum compensation. In doing so, your lawyer will seek two different types of damages:
Your accident most likely caused serious injuries. As a result, you may have been hospitalized, transported to the hospital in an ambulance, had diagnostic tests completed, and gone through rehabilitative therapy. In some cases, you may need multiple surgeries over the years. As a result, you have a mounting pile of medical bills that have gone unpaid. By filing a claim, you can receive compensation that will cover these outstanding bills.
Future Medical Treatment
Some injuries never heal. Your accident may have caused severe, debilitating injuries that are permanent. If so, you may require ongoing medical treatment for months, years, or the rest of your life. Your attorney can use the documentation provided by all treating physicians to request compensation for future medical treatment to ensure you receive compensation that will cover the cost of ongoing medical treatment over the years.
If you sustained serious injuries in a motorcycle accident you may be unable to return to work right away. You may have missed several days, weeks, or months of work. In some cases, if the injuries are severe enough you may be unable to return to work at all. Because of this, your attorney will use the documentation provided by your employer to receive compensation for lost wages. If you are unable to return to your former job your attorney will seek compensation for loss of earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering
Catastrophic injuries can cause both physical and mental pain and suffering. If you sustained catastrophic injuries in your motorcycle accident your attorney will also request compensation for pain and suffering. While non-economic damages such as pain and suffering are difficult to place a dollar amount on, an attorney will often base their request for compensation for pain and suffering off the cost of medical bills and the severity of your injuries.
Contact an AZ Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Chandler, Arizona, speak with a motorcycle accident attorney at the Ferguson Law Group as soon as possible. We can meet with you to review your case and help you understand what your legal options are, answer any questions you may have, and discuss how you can proceed with your case. At the Ferguson Law Group, we know how devastating a motorcycle accident can be not just to the victim, but to their entire family. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation and find out how our legal team can help.
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