Scottsdale Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Arizona has wide stretches of open road and a warm and dry climate. These conditions are ideal for motorcycle riders. However, riding Arizona roads can be dangerous even when obeying all safety rules and following all traffic laws.
Motorcycle riders are extremely vulnerable to injury related collisions. Unlike drivers of cars, trucks and traditional automobiles, a motorcycle rider is not protected by a framed structure. Motorcycle riders do not have the protection of structural supports designed to absorb impacts or airbags designed to lessen the injuries resulting from a crash.
Unfortunately, motorcycle collisions usually result in significant injuries. Even a low impact collision could cause a rider to lose his or her balance and be thrown from a motorcycle. For example a 15 mile per hour impact, that would cause no injury to someone in a car, could have devastating and life changing consequences for someone on a motorcycle. Motorcycle injuries are often permanent and debilitating. Individuals who experience a substantial motorcycle crash may be impaired to the point where they can no longer work or partake in normal activities of daily living.
Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than cars and other motor vehicles. As such, motorcycle drivers are especially susceptible to being crashed into by negligent drivers who fail to check blind spots or properly account for their surroundings. A motorcycle driver can take all safety precautions, follow all traffic rules and drive defensively, yet still be the victim of someone not paying attention when driving.
Many motorcycle accidents involve a driver of a car or truck who failed to see the rider, changed lanes when it was unsafe to do so or abruptly moved his or her vehicle into the path of a motorcycle. Often times, injuries may result from a motorcycle rider being forced to take evasive action to avoid a negligent driver. This can include laying the motorcycle down to avoid a collision without any impact with another vehicle.
Statistics show that motorcycle collisions cause more significant head injuries to riders than to drivers and occupants in automobiles. This is especially true for traumatic brain injuries. As a result, the victims of a motorcycle collision may not be able to recall what happened prior to impact or may no longer have the brain functioning required to describe the events. Finding witnesses is critically important in these cases because those witnesses may be the only way to prove fault and win the case.
When the injuries are significant and the stakes are high, the attorneys at Scottsdale Injury Lawyers will personally examine the scene of the accident and perform an independent investigation. Our attorneys will trace and travel the exact paths of the vehicles involved in the crash and look for physical evidence that may have been missed. Our attorneys will also note any observations that may help or benefit our clients in winning their cases. This gives our clients an advantage as our attorneys will have the benefit of seeing the scene first hand and have a better understanding of how the accident happened and what may have caused it.
Motorcycle riders are at a disadvantage in every accident case. The general public, who do not ride motorcycles, usually have a negative opinion of riders. They think of motorcycle riders as risk-takers and thrill seekers. They associate all motorcycle riders with the few that zip by them in traffic or weave in and out of cars dangerously. As most riders know, this is the small minority who reflect poorly on the majority of motorcycle riders. Yet the general public believes this is how most motorcycle riders operate.
Those who do not ride also think that motorcycles are just unsafe in general. They believe that those that choose to ride motorcycles are assuming the risk. They feel it is just a matter of time until a rider suffers a serious injury and that these injuries are inevitable. These people are biased against motorcycles riders and in every case they must be persuaded to change their way of thinking.
Our Scottsdale personal injury attorneys have experience handling motorcycle cases. Our attorneys have successfully presented these cases to juries and have obtained multi-million dollar results. Our attorneys are specially trained in the art of selecting the right jury for a motorcycle case. Our skilled attorneys can eliminate jurors that may be biased and also turn those jurors who initially start off thinking negatively about motorcycle riders.
The attorneys at Scottsdale Injury Lawyers are trained to showcase the personal stories of our clients. We present these stories to insurance adjusters and jurors so they know how the lives of our clients have changed because of their injuries. We make every case and claim about our clients—who they are, what they do, the families they support, the hardships they have suffered and explain why they should be compensated with a large amount of money for their injuries. Presenting a case and claim in this way is powerful. It gives our clients the best chance at a substantial recovery to help them cope with their injuries and challenges the future will hold.
If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, contact one of our Scottsdale personal injury attorneys today to discuss your case.