Motorcycles are a lot of fun to ride, but they are also quite dangerous. Even when the biker exercises extreme caution and wears protective gear, it is a fact that negligent parties can cause serious injury or even death to a biker.
Even when bikers and cyclists who are trying to be as safe such as possible by wearing helmets and protective gloves, pants, boots, and jackets, they have comparatively little protection when colliding with a motor vehicle (whose driver is protected by seatbelts and a large metal cage that’s designed for impact). In addition to these threats, common road hazards like potholes, ice, cracks, or slick roads pose a much greater risk to motorcyclists than drivers.
Therefore, oftentimes, motorcycle accident injuries are often serious – even fatal. Motorcycle accident injuries can cause a variety of severe and lasting personal injuries including broken bones, bruises, spinal cord injuries such as paraplegia or quadriplegia, and traumatic brain injuries ranging from concussions to diffuse axonal injuries, subdural hematomas, subarachnoid hemorrhages, and all types of acute brain injuries. If severe enough, motorcycle accidents can leave riders paralyzed, like amputees, brain-injured, or with other types of permanent disabilities such as being able to walk, talk, move, run, climb, use their arms or legs.
When involved in a serious motorcycle accident, the rider will likely be hospitalized and may need surgeries or extended medical care. The medical bills for this kind of treatment can be massive, and the financial burden can seriously add insult to the rider’s catastrophic injuries. Even worse, a rider who becomes permanently disabled in a motorcycle accident or bike crash likely will not be able to return to work and will face a lifetime of significant medical bills from future surgeries, doctor’s visits, hospitalizations, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and other medical providers who will be critical to the injured motorcyclist’s rehabilitation.
If you were injured in a motorcycle or bike accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury and motorcycle accident attorney who handles motorcycle accident cases routinely. Not every lawyer knows how to effectively navigate issues surrounding motorcycle injuries.
David Shapiro Law, PLLC, regularly handles motorcycle accident cases and has achieved millions of dollars on behalf of clients injured in motorcycle accidents. We offer free initial consultations and can even visit you in the hospital or at home during your recovery. Our founding attorney David Shapiro will meet with you and then determine the best possible course of action to achieve the maximum amount of compensation to cover your lost income, damage to property as well as pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, and your spouse’s or children’s suffering from this traumatic event.
The fault laws in your state will determine who you may hold financially and legally responsible for your accident. Arizona is a tort-based state, meaning you can file a claim against the person or party who caused your accident. Motorcycle accident victims can file claims against negligent parties here in Arizona. These include:
At David Shapiro Law, PLLC, we can handle motorcycle accident claims involving any cause. Our law firm works with investigators, crash reconstructionists, engineers, and other professionals to piece together how a motorcycle accident happened. Then, our trial attorneys work hard to go up against the correct defendants on behalf of injured victims.
During an investigation of your motorcycle accident, our attorneys will look at the facts to determine who or what caused the wreck, who is liable, and how the crash occurred. We can revisit the scene of the accident, analyze official photographs, talk to witnesses, review police reports, and take other steps to recover compensation for your damages. We will start by assessing the type of motorcycle accident for signs of negligence or causation.
The type of motorcycle accident could point to the identity of the defendant(s). Whether your crash involves a negligent driver, a defective roadway, or a failed motorcycle part, we may be able to assist you in bringing a claim. Our plaintiff’s attorneys accept cases involving broken bones, catastrophic injuries, brain injuries, spine injuries, organ damage, burns, road rash, lacerations, muscle injuries, and other serious injuries.
Despite the fact that motorcycle riders come from all different professions and are of different ages, law enforcement, other drivers, and even the general public can be biased against bikers. Some people think that if you were injured in a motorcycle accident, it is your fault no matter what because motorcycles are dangerous. This is simply unacceptable. No one – including a motorcyclist – should be injured by a careless or negligent driver. Therefore, it is important that injured motorcycle rider victims have a legal advocate who protects your rights as a driver, avid motorcycle rider, and as a consumer. We are not paid until we win a positive settlement or decision, so there is nothing to lose and everything to gain.
One of the key reasons motorcycle accident victims contact our lawyers to represent them is for the best odds of recovering maximum compensation. Our past case results include a $1.75 million settlement and two separate $100,000 settlements for motorcycle accident victims. Our lawyers know how to fight for optimal compensation based on the damages involved in the case.
The value of your Scottsdale motorcycle accident claim will depend on factors such as types of injuries, the severity of injuries, impact on your life, and how much medical care you require. Comparative negligence could also affect your recovery. Comparative negligence is the fault of the plaintiff in causing or contributing to the accident. In Arizona, the courts will reduce your money damages by your percentage of fault. A lawyer from David Shapiro Law, PLLC can help you combat defenses such as comparative negligence.
Do not delay in filing an initial insurance claim and contacting an attorney for a consultation. You have a maximum of two years from the date of your motorcycle accident (or discovery of injuries) to file a personal injury cause of action in Arizona, with rare exceptions. If you miss this statute of limitations, the courts will most likely bar you from financial recovery. Your deadline could be shorter or longer depending on the facts of your case. If a government entity is the defendant, for example, you must file an initial notice of claim within 180 days of the accident. Speak to our lawyers as soon as possible after a Scottsdale motorcycle accident to ensure you meet your deadline.
You need an experienced hand in motorcycle injury cases. Do not navigate your motorcycle accident claim alone and risk settling for little to no recovery. Work with an attorney from David Shapiro Law, PLLC to optimize your chances of obtaining maximum compensation. Call our office in Scottsdale at (480) 300-5405 or use our contact page.