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Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Attorney

“If you are in any kind of accident and are hurt, you need to call David!” — Kenneth

Riding a motorcycle is one of the most fun and unique ways to travel. Many motorcycle enthusiasts flock to Arizona for the dry weather, great roads, and stunning landscapes. However, motorcyclists are unfortunately much more likely to be injured or killed in an accident than those in enclosed vehicles.

Many legal advisors are biased when it comes to motorcyclists—but we’re not. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you need superior representation. Call Shapiro Law Team for a free consultation and get started on receiving the compensation you deserve.

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Motorcycle Accident Statistics in Arizona

Thanks to its warm, dry days, smooth highways, and scenic deserts, it’s no wonder why motorcycle enthusiasts are flocking to Phoenix. That being said, more motorcyclists means more motorcycle accidents.

According to Arizona’s Department of Transportation, 119,991 motorcycle accidents occurred in 2022. Of that number, 35,878 riders were injured, and sadly, 1,178 were killed.

How Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen in Arizona?

Most motorcycle accidents happen with the collision of another motor vehicle. For example, the total number of collisions with another vehicle topped the charts at 1,779 in 2022. Other leading causes of motorcycle accidents include loss of control (overturning) and colliding with a fixed object.

Motorcycle accidents can also happen as a result of a pedestrian collision, bicyclist collision, animal collision, or vehicle explosion. Non-fixed objects like parked vehicles, trains, and work zone equipment can also cause motorcycle collisions in Arizona.

Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Now that you know the general statistics of motorcycle collisions in Arizona, let’s dig a little deeper into why these types of crashes happen. As you can imagine, we see all types of motorcycle accidents at Shapiro Law Team. Below are several types of crashes we frequently observe.

  1. Head-on Collisions
    Head-on collisions happen when two vehicles collide at the front. Head-on collisions are extremely dangerous for motorcyclists, causing major blunt-force trauma. These accidents often result from factors like unsafe lane changes, distracted driving, or impaired judgment.
  2. Left-Hand Turn Collisions
    Intersections can be a danger zone for motorcyclists when left-hand turn collisions occur. Left-hand turn collisions usually happen as a result of misjudgments by drivers or a failure to yield the right of way.
  3. Lane-Splitting Accidents
    Lane-splitting is the term used for motorcyclists who ride between lanes of slow-moving or stopped traffic. Oftentimes, lane-splitting accidents happen because of a driver who can’t see the motorcyclist coming.
  4. Motorcycle Accidents Due To Speeding
    Excessive speed remains a significant contributor to motorcycle accidents. When a driver speeds, they can’t make quick judgments or reactions to oncoming traffic or neighboring vehicles.
  5. Accidents With Alcohol-Impaired Drivers
    Alcohol-impaired drivers pose a serious threat to motorcyclists, leading to devastating accidents. These accidents make up an unfortunately large amount of collisions and deaths on Arizona roadways.
  6. Motorcycle Accidents With Distracted Drivers
    Distracted driving is a leading cause of collisions in Arizona. Despite today’s technology advancements, using a device will ultimately take your eye off the road. Talking to passengers or eating while driving may also result in a collision.
  7. Motorcycle Accidents Related to Blind Spots
    Motorcycles often fall victim to drivers’ blind spots, leading to potentially catastrophic collisions. If you’re the driver of an enclosed motor vehicle, make sure to always check your blind spots before changing lanes.
  8. Dooring Accidents
    Yes, even car doors can cause motorcycle accidents. Opening a car door may end up in a collision if the motorcyclist doesn’t have enough time to react. Ensure to double-check your surroundings before opening doors on busy streets.

What Are the Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries?

Since motorcycles are not enclosed, the risk of catastrophic injury or even death is higher than for those in cars. Motorcycle accident injuries are devastating and can result in lifelong struggles. Some of the most common injuries we see include:

  • Brain Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Bone Fractures
  • Deep Wounds
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Burn Injuries

Liability in Motorcycle Accidents

Distinguishing liability can be tricky, but it can be especially difficult when dealing with a motorcycle accident. It’s important to retrieve all of the necessary information and evidence to determine fault; this includes gathering photos, eyewitness statements, police reports, and any surveillance footage that may have caught the accident on camera.

Know the Limit: There’s a 2-Year Limit for Accident Claims

Arizona has a two-year statute of limitations following a motorcycle accident. This means that you have a short deadline to file an injury claim. Shapiro Law Team strongly recommends you call us as soon as you can after your accident to ensure you recover the compensation you rightfully deserve.

How Fault Is Determined in a Motorcycle Accident in Arizona

Fault is determined by evidence. Once you report the accident, your insurance company will take a look at all of the collected evidence we mentioned earlier. Photos, reports, statements, and camera footage all play a crucial role in determining the fault of a motorcycle accident. But what if you were partially at fault?

Arizona is a pure comparative negligence state. This means that if you’re partially to blame, you will be responsible for sharing partial responsibility for damages.

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Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Claims in Phoenix

You have a right to economic, non-economic, and in some cases, punitive damages following a motorcycle accident. An experienced motorcycle attorney can help you determine compensation for your specific case.

Economic Damages

Economic damages include recordable financial losses such as medical bills, hospital bills, physical therapy, property damage, and lost wages.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages include the very real repercussions of motorcycle accidents, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Punitive Damages

In certain cases, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the at-fault party for negligence or intentional misconduct.

How a Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help

It’s tough to represent yourself during a legal case. It’s even harder to win the compensation you need, leaving you struggling to pay current and future bills. At Shapiro Law Team, we specialize in motorcycle accidents of all types. With a proven track record of winning hefty settlements, we promise to fight tooth and nail for your rights.

Schedule Your Free Consultation With Shapiro Law Team

Whether you or a loved one suffered from a motorcycle accident, the attorneys at Shapiro Law Team are here for you. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t pay us a dime unless we win your case. Get started with a free consultation today. We’ll be waiting on the other line.

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