Distracted Drivers Can Seriously Injure Motorcyclists
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),1 about 391,000 people sustained injuries because of distracted drivers and nearly 3,500 people died in distracted driving accidents in the United States in 2015. While distracted drivers are dangerous for any motorist, they can pose a particular threat to individuals riding motorcycles. Motorcycles are already more difficult to see on the road, and it can be easy for a distracted driver to fail to notice a motorcyclist and crash into him or her, causing serious injuries.
Arizona is currently one of only three states without a ban on texting or messaging on a handheld mobile device while driving. This means that drivers can read or draft emails and text-based messages with no fear of getting a citation. However, it does not mean there are not legal consequences for distracted driving in Phoenix. If a distracted driver hits a motorcyclist, the driver can be held liable for all the losses the injured accident victim incurs.
Motorcyclists who are hit by distracted drivers can incur significant losses. Their injuries can often be severe because they have little to no protection from an impact. The following are some examples of typical losses in a distracted driving motorcycle accident case:
- Medical expenses - Serious injuries often require a substantial amount of medical treatment, which can include emergency care, surgeries, hospitalization, medication, doctor visits, rehabilitative therapy, medical equipment, assisted living, and more.
- Lost wages - Many injured motorcyclists are unable to work because of their injuries and can lose a significant amount of earnings. In addition, some injuries prevent victims from ever returning to work. Motorcyclists can recover for both past lost wages and estimated lost future earning power.
- Pain and suffering - Severe traumatic injuries are often extremely painful. Accident victims can seek compensation for the physical and emotional suffering they have experienced.
At the law firm of Abels & Annes, our Phoenix motorcycle accident attorneys can help you hold distracted drivers liable for all your losses. Please call for a free consultation at (602) 819-5191 today.