At Abels & Annes, we know that motorcycle accident victims need access to an experienced law firm in the immediate aftermath of an Arizona motorcycle accident.
The increasing popularity of motorcycle riding means more riders are facing the risk of being involved in a serious or fatal crash. Our Phoenix motorcycle accident attorneys understand that these cases often involve very serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputation injuries, burns, road rash, disfigurement and broken bones. And, when a rider is killed, a wrongful death lawsuit must be properly and timely filed to help ensure the financial wellbeing of loved ones left behind. At Abels & Annes, P.C. we are committed to fighting for justice on behalf of riders and their families.
Nationwide, the number of serious and fatal motorcycle crashes has been on the rise for more than a decade, with more than 4,500 riders killed and 80,000 injured in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2011, nearly 3,000 motorcycle crashes were reported in Arizona, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The number of fatalities jumped more than 50 percent to 132, while the number of injured topped 2,500.
In the past decade, the U.S. Department of Transportation reports the number of registered motorcycles on the nation’s roads has increased from fewer than 5 million to more than 8 million, resulting in an additional 1,500 riders a year being killed nationwide.
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Arizona is one of about a dozen states that frequently report more than 100 motorcycle deaths annually. The vast majority of those injured or killed are males between the ages of 30 and 50. Whether riding in an urban or rural area, motorcyclists are most often injured by the negligence of other motorists on the road.
Typically, these crashes involve a family’s primary wage earner. In fact, the increasing popularity of motorcycle riding continues to put older riders at risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports the number of registered motorcycles in the United States is up more than 50 percent in the last decade. Today, riders over the age of 50 account for 25 percent of all riders, compared to 10 percent in 1990. And, according to a 2013 study published in Injury Prevention, those older riders are at increased risk of severe injuries and are three times more likely to be hospitalized following a motorcycle accident.
Lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages may be sought from responsible parties through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Understanding a victim’s prognosis for recovery, and the risk of long-term medical complications and expenses, are critical in determining the full extent of loses stemming from a crash.
Likewise, a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding a crash will best determine who is at fault. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation reports more than half of all motorcycle crashes that involve another vehicle are the fault of the vehicle’s driver. The most common cause: A driver who fails to yield the right-of-way before turning left in front of an oncoming rider. In other cases, motorists fail to see an oncoming rider, fail to properly judge speed and distance, or simply fail to extend to a rider the respect and courtesy due every motorist on the road.
In some cases, law enforcement may also fail to protect a rider at the scene of a crash, particularly in those cases where investigators allege speeding or other negligent behavior on the part of the motorcyclist. An independent investigation of the crash may yield additional clues. The sooner an experienced law firm is contacted after an accident, the better the chances of collecting evidence that may help your case, including nearby surveillance videos and witness statements. Accident victims should collect as much documentation as possible at the scene and share this information with their chosen law firm.
An experienced Phoenix motorcycle accident attorney must determine the extent of a victim’s injuries and the likelihood of long-term medical complications. Insurance companies will most often move to make a quick settlement, in some cases even presenting a check to an injured party. Accident victims should never discuss their case with an insurance company without being properly represented by an experienced law firm. Once the full extent of your financial loss has been determined, you will be in the best position to demand a just recovery.
If you’ve been injured in an Arizona motorcycle accident, contact Abels & Annes today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. No Fee Unless You Win.
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