If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you need to contact your Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer as soon as possible. Discussing with a Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer the events of and leading up to the accident as early as possible may be critical to establishing the necessary facts for proving your case (or asserting a strong legal defense to someone else’s claims). Motorcycle riders involved in accidents are likely to be involved in very serious ones because of the inherent properties of motorcycles. A Phoenix personal injury Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer is no strangers to trying and settling these kinds of cases and can help you recover damages arising out of the accident.
While motorcycles can be quite fun to ride, their main drawback is their lack of safety
Because of their compact bodies, motorcycles are very maneuverable and give riders a completely different experience in sharing the public roads than automobiles do. Given their designs, motorcycles do not offer much protection in case of an accident. Unfortunately, often times, no matter how careful and how good and prudent a rider a person is, other vehicles in the streets may still be the main cause of a serious accident. A Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer understands the severe nature of these accidents and can help you get back on track after a motorcycle accident.
Diligent operation of a motor vehicle in the streets is required and expected of all operators to avoid an accident, no matter what vehicle is involved. A negligent or reckless motorcyclist might cause as serious of an accident as would an unreasonable automobile driver. Yet, even when a motorcyclist is operating the vehicle in a reasonable manner, it may still be up to them to prevent an otherwise unavoidable accident from resulting in unnecessary serious injury or death or property damage. This is a form of mitigation. For instance, there are several “rules of the road” that must be followed in order to exercise proper operation of a motorcycle (such as not engaging in lane splitting, where prohibited by Arizona law). In addition, another way a motorcyclist may protect themselves and others is by wearing helmets when operating a motorcycle.
In fact, a Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer will tell you that in Arizona, pursuant to A.R.S. §28-964, requires that a motorcycle operator or passenger under the age of 18 must wear a protective helmet on the operator’s or passenger’s head in an appropriate manner at all times while the rider or passenger is operating or riding on the motorcycle. For those 18 years of age or older, the use of a protective helmet is optional. Furthermore, an operator of a motorcycle must wear, at all times, protective glasses, goggles or an approved transparent face shield, unless the motorcycle is equipped with a protective windshield. A Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer can explain these requirements to you further and can help you understand how these may affect your case.
It is also important to mention that Arizona’s insurance laws require that operators of motor vehicles, including motorcyclists, carry liability insurance at all times of operation of the vehicle. At a minimum, the insurance coverage must provide for $30,000 for all people injured in a motorcycle accident, $15,000 of bodily injury coverage per person injured, and $10,000 of property damage. It would obviously be in the best interests of riders to have uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. Failure to carry, at least, the minimum required insurance coverage may be penalized and/or fined. A Phoenix personal injury lawyer is experienced in this field of law and is aware of how insurance coverage (or lack thereof) may impact your case.