According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, 3,104 motorcycle crashes occurred in 2016, leading to 2,737 people being injured or killed. Although it’s hard to pinpoint an exact reason, it’s likely due to the near-perfect year-round biking weather here combined with our lax helmet laws.
Who’s at Fault in a Motorcycle Accident?
Even with our knowledge that motorcycles are everywhere, most drivers aren’t always attuned to look and listen for them. Unfortunately, when a car or truck collides with a motorcycle, the results are usually catastrophic—and often fatal. But who’s to blame?
While you might assume the driver is immediately held accountable in a motorcycle accident, that is not always true. It is vital to obtain as much information as possible to help in making the determination of who is at fault. Whether you are in the vehicle or on the motorcycle, following a collision, it’s important to take pictures of the scene, interview witnesses, and try to determine the specifics of the potential case. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s also extremely important to obtain legal counsel as soon as possible to ensure you are prepared should the case go to court.
How Do Helmets Play into the Case?
In Arizona, motorcyclists over the age of 18 are not required to wear a helmet. Although the law is behind you, if you were in a motorcycle accident and not wearing a helmet, the insurance company will try to reduce your compensation. In fact, failure to wear a helmet is usually a significant factor in your case. That’s just one reason it’s crucial to reach out to me as soon as you are involved in a motorcycle accident. You do not want to battle the insurance company on your own since you lack the experience and skills to really argue your case.
Motorcycle Accidents That Don’t Involve Cars
Although most vehicular accidents involve two or more vehicles, whether trucks, cars, or motorcycles, there are some instances where a motorcyclist may experience an accident as a result of road conditions. Although you have a much shorter window in which to seek damages, it is possible to bring a case against the municipality in question. Be sure to reach out to Lyding Personal Injury to determine if you have a case worth pursuing.
Fees for Working with an Attorney Following a Motorcycle Accident
If you need the professional services of a personal injury attorney, you do not need to invest any many upfront. I, along with others in the field, receive my payment as a percentage of any settlement you receive. Therefore, if I cannot settle the case and obtain compensation, I do not get paid.
Consultations with me are free, so I encourage you to call me right away following a motorcycle accident. This is the best time to start working on your case, when information is fresh in your mind and before you have made any arrangements with your insurance company.
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