Common Motorcycle Accident Scenarios
April 27, 2023
Common Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents occur at a high rate due to the small size of these vehicles, making them less visible to other drivers, especially those who are distracted or driving recklessly. Because of the limited bodily protections motorcycles offer, these accidents are often severe and can even be deadly.
Motorcycle crashes occur in a variety of ways. However, some accident types are more common than others. Left-turn accidents, lane-change accidents, and rear-end accidents all occur at a high rate. At Zanes Law Injury Lawyers, our motorcycle accident attorneys have helped victims recover compensation after all sorts of crashes.
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Left-Turn Motorcycle Accidents
While some motorcycle riders speed and engage in other types of reckless driving, most motorcyclists use extra caution when on their bikes because they know how dangerous riding a motorcycle can be. Because of this, the majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by the driver of the other involved vehicle.
One of the most common and deadly motorcycle accident scenarios is when a car turns left into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. When a vehicle makes a left-hand turn of this nature, motorcyclists are often either forced to swerve suddenly to attempt to avoid a collision which can result in their losing control of the bike.
If the rider is unable to turn or stop, they will have a T-bone collision with the turning vehicle, which can often prove fatal. These accidents are most often caused by distraction on the part of the turning driver, which can result in them not seeing the oncoming motorbike.
Lane-Change Motorcycle Accidents
Because of blindspots and the reduced size of motorcycles, lane-change motorcycle accidents occur at a high rate. The chances of an accident increase when a driver fails to signal and suddenly changes lanes. A lane change accident can result in a side impact or cut off the motorcycle rider causing a rear-end collision.
Alternatively, in an attempt to avoid a collision with a vehicle entering their lane of traffic, a motorcyclist may swerve and lose control of their bike or collide with another vehicle.
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Rear-End Motorcycle Accidents
Rear-end motorcycle accidents are incredibly common and are often the result of a driver being distracted while operating their vehicle. When two cars are involved in a rear-end collision, the damage to the vehicles is often minor, and these wrecks frequently don’t result in injuries.
However, because motorcycles do not have the same stability and riders are afforded few protections in the event of a crash, even a typically minor rear-end motorcycle accident can result in severe injuries and property damage.
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How a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help You After a Crash
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. However, attempting to pursue a lawsuit after suffering an injury can cause significant stress, which can slow the healing process. That’s where an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can help.
When you hire a motorcycle accident attorney, they will take over every aspect of your legal case. With your financial well-being in the capable hands of a professional, you can focus on your recovery and rebuilding your life. One of the first things you can expect your attorney to do in your case is to begin an independent investigation into your accident.
Steps in this inquiry will likely include:
- Visiting the accident scene to take pictures and note relevant details
- Speaking with eyewitnesses
- Consulting expert witnesses
- Reviewing any available photos or video of the crash
- Calculating the full value of your claim
- Obtaining a copy of the official accident report
- Reviewing your medical records as they relate to the crash
- Filing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit
- Completing and submitting all required paperwork
- Building a strong case on your behalf
- Negotiating with opposing counsel to reach a settlement deal
- Representing you at court, if necessary
Statute of Limitations for Filing a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
When attempting to recover compensation after a motorcycle accident from the liable party, it is critical that you are aware of the personal injury statute of limitations for the state where the accident occurred. In Arizona, motorcycle injury victims have a two-year window in which to sue the liable party. Letting this deadline pass could mean the loss of your ability to claim damages.
However, you should note that an exception to the statute of limitations may exist in your case. The details of your accident could mean either an extension or retraction of the timeframe in which you can file.
The best way to ensure you are aware of the specific deadline for your case is to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. Consulting a lawyer shortly after your accident can protect you from losing your right to claim compensation due to missing an unexpected deadline.
Schedule a Free Case Review With an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
When attempting to collect compensation after a motorcycle accident, it is crucial that you secure the services of an attorney. You should also ensure that the lawyer you hire has experience securing positive outcomes in cases like yours. At Zanes Law Injury Lawyers, we have a long history of recovering significant compensation for our clients.
We have a proven track record of getting our clients the money they need both through out-of-court settlements and court-ordered payouts. Contact us today to schedule a free case review with a member of our experienced legal team. We review the details of your case, advise you of your legal rights, and answer all your questions.