Motorcycle riders are subject to widespread bias and prejudice. Sadly, insurers, lawyers, and judges hold it, and the general public embraces it. If a rider gets into an accident and is injured, many people believe it is something they should have expected when they bought the motorbike.
To ease your emotional distress and protect your financial interests, contact The Sorenson Law Firm, LLC today. We can help you if you are uncertain whether an attorney would benefit your case. Our team will review your case and determine whether legal representation is necessary and the best course of action for you.
What Should I Do After a Motorcycle Accident?
To protect yourself and your case, follow these steps after a motorcycle accident:
Move your motorcycle off the road if you can
Getting medical attention right away, even when it seems unnecessary, as some injuries may not be visible immediately
Record video footage and photos of the accident if you can
Identify the witnesses and get their addresses
Get the other driver’s insurance information
Make a police report and request a copy
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Avoid the following after an accident:
Discussing with the driver about the accident or admitting fault
Talking to the driver’s insurance provider
Signing any documents or accepting a settlement
How Does a Tempe Motorcycle Accident Attorney Help with My Case?
Insurance companies often contact accident victims shortly after an accident and offer a settlement. Unfortunately, financial difficulties caused by accidents overwhelm accident victims, and insurance companies exploit this by pretending to represent their interests.
But most of these early settlement offers are much lower than what the victim is entitled to. Even though insurance companies claim to represent accident victims’ interests, they represent their own.
The legal team you hire fights for a fair and reasonable settlement or, if necessary, a great verdict in court against bad-faith insurance companies.
Compensation for Motorcycle Accidents
You may suffer chronic pain, disfigurement, and permanent disabilities due to a motorcycle accident. There may have been a loss in your family. Your medical bills may overwhelm you and make you uncertain about the future. But if you are eligible for compensation, you may recover a substantial amount.
When you hire a motorcycle accident attorney in Tempe, you may recover the following damages:
Often called special damages, they are monetary damages that are attributed to the accident, such as:
Business opportunity lost
Reduced earning capacity
The costs of funerals and burials (in the event of wrongful death)
Non-Economic Damages and Punitive Damages
Non-economic damages (also called general damages) are subjective, non-monetary damages resulting from an accident, including, but not limited to:
Pain and suffering
Loss of enjoyment of life
Loss of consortium
Punitive or exemplary damages are to punish the party at fault.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
A motorcycle rider has the same rights as a passenger vehicle driver. All motorists owe riders a duty of care. The Motorcycle Safety report published by the NHTSA shows motorcyclists are 24 times more likely to die in an accident than passengers. Here are some common motorcycle accident causes:
Failure to See
Left-Hand Turn Accidents
Distracted and Inattentive Driving
Motor Vehicle Speeding
Following Too Closely
Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents
The lack of crash protection on motorcycles means riders are exposed to traffic during a crash. It is possible to become pinned underneath a motorbike or another vehicle. A large, fast-moving object or a slide on the road may cause them to lose control. A variety of devastating injuries can result from these scenarios, including:
Spinal cord injury
Head injuries (brain injury)
Lower body injuries
Soft tissue injuries
Loss of limbs
When Should I Contact the Sorenson Law Firm, LLC
Immediately after a motorcycle accident, you should contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. Arizona’s statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death cases is two years. The time may seem sufficient, but before filing the lawsuit, your lawyer will need to complete several tasks, including but not limited to the following:
Assess the accident’s forensics
Consult with expert witnesses and retain them
Review medical records
If you contact a lawyer early in the process, your attorney can access relevant witnesses while they can still recall important details. Moreover, they can complete these tasks before the filing deadline.
Our Attorneys are Ready to Assist You
Following a motorcycle wreck in Tempe, you may be entitled to compensation from one or more parties. We can effectively represent your interests with our attorneys’ expertise and unmatched resources. Contact The Sorenson Law Firm, LLC, for free legal consultation.
Are helmets required in Arizona?
A helmet is mandatory in Arizona for everyone under 18 but not for those over 18.
Can you ride in Arizona without eyewear protection?
Except for motorbikes equipped with windscreens, Arizona law requires protective eyewear.
Does Arizona have an age restriction for passengers?
Arizona does not restrict the age of passengers.
Does Arizona law require daytime headlights?
Daytime headlights are a requirement in Arizona, but “modulating headlights” that change between full power, low beam, and dimming are allowed.
What traffic regulations apply to motorcycles in Arizona?
AZ law prohibits motorcycle riders from riding more than two side-by-side.
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