Motorcycle Accident Attorney Scottsdale
At the Ferguson Law Group, we know that representing a motorcycle accident victim requires experience and knowledge, in addition to the ability to understand the rights of motorcyclists who are often taken for granted. One of our top motorcycle accident lawyers Scottsdale will fight to help you recover the damages available if you have been seriously injured in an accident. This can include compensation for hospitalization, medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, future wage losses, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Like a car accident, there are many common causes of motorcycle accidents, many of which are due to negligent motorists on the road.
Below is a list of some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents that our attorneys have come across over the years:
Distracted drivers are not aware of their surroundings and often fail to see a motorcycle rider until it’s too late. Distracted driving can involve texting while driving, speaking to a passenger in the vehicle, eating, adjusting the radio, talking, or tending the children.
Despite the many public education campaigns that are designed to educate people regarding the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, people continue to drive while intoxicated. A drunk driver poses a significant safety risk to the motorcycle rider since alcohol intoxication can have a major impact on a person’s spatial awareness, judgment, and reaction time.
Poor Road Maintenance
Poor road maintenance can be a major factor in many motorcycle accidents. Issues such as poor drainage, broken traffic lights, faded paint, inadequate signage, overgrown vegetation, and potholes can easily cause a serious motorcycle accident.
Defective Road Conditions
Motorcyclists must take care to pay attention to road conditions and operate their motorcycles accordingly. Some common examples of dangerous conditions on the road that can lead to an accident include steep hills, sharp curves, and potholes.
A defectively designed, or manufactured motorcycle can lead to a serious accident, often with little warning. Some examples of bike defects that can cause an accident include faulty fuel systems, defective tires, steering mechanism issues, and brake failures. A motorcycle accident victim of this type of incident can recover compensation from the bike’s manufacturer.
All traffic laws are implemented to keep motorists safe. Motorists who violate these laws can cause catastrophic accidents. Some examples of traffic violations that can result in an accident involving a motorcycle include:
- Running stoplights or stop signs
- Improper turns
- Following too closely
- Failure to yield
What To Do If You’re Injured in a Motorcycle Accident
To recover compensation for your injuries and other damages, you must establish that your accident was the result of another motorist’s negligence. There are certain steps that you must take after an accident that can protect your claim and your rights.
After a motorcycle accident, you should gather as much information as possible. This can include the names of any eyewitnesses, the names and contact information of the other motorist involved, information regarding road conditions and weather conditions, the location of the accident, the time of the accident, license plate numbers, and the driver’s insurance information.
Seek Medical Attention
Immediately following the accident, you should seek medical attention for a thorough evaluation. Doing so ensures that your injuries are identified, treated, and well documented.
Speak to an Attorney
Speak with an attorney as soon as possible after your accident. An attorney can analyze your accident and determine whether you have a valid claim. They can also protect your rights throughout this complex legal process and help you obtain compensation for damages.
Liability in a Motorcycle Accident
More than one party can be held liable in a motorcycle accident that involves a negligent driver and roadway hazards. Additionally, the passenger on the motorcycle can file a lawsuit against the motorcyclist for driving negligently, if the motorcyclist was speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, or not following traffic laws. The passenger on a motorcycle can also file a claim against the driver of a motor vehicle whose negligent actions caused an accident.
A knowledgeable Arizona motorcycle accident attorney can identify and make claims against all potentially liable parties.
One of the most common questions motorcycle accident victims ask is: how much is my claim worth? Unfortunately, there’s no cut and dried answer, since there are many factors that can impact the overall worth of a claim for damages.
The money damages an accident victim can seek include two broad categories for compensation:
Economic damages consist of tangible financial losses that the accident victim suffers because of their injuries, such as:
- Lost wages
- Nursing care services
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Reduced earning capacity
General damages, or non-economic damages, include the subjective harm that’s been caused by the accident and the resulting injuries. This can vary greatly from person to person and will depend on the accident victim’s general state of health, age, and injuries, in addition to other factors, such as:
- Diminished quality of life
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
- Harm done to personal relationships due to the accident and injuries
Statute of Limitations
In Arizona, the accident victim has two years from the date of the accident to take legal action. If this deadline passes and the accident victim failed to take action, they can lose the right to seek compensation for their injuries and other losses.
How Can a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help?
A motorcycle accident victim comes to the Ferguson Law Group during a very challenging and stressful time in their life. Often, they have sustained catastrophic injuries that cause them emotional, physical, and financial pain. They may even feel very overwhelmed at the very idea of taking legal action.
Hiring an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will help the accident victim and their family move on from the accident and focus on the future.
While every case is unique, our attorneys have the experience and knowledge needed to serve the best interests of our clients.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in AZ Today
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in severe injuries, missed time at work, and mounting medical bills, the team at the Ferguson Law Group can help. Contact our office today to schedule a free case evaluation. We will meet with you to discuss the facts of your case, answer any questions you may have, and inform you of your legal options so you can make the best choice for you and your family. Speak with one of our attorneys today and let the team at the Ferguson Law.
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