If your motorcycle accident involved a speeding ticket, it could complicate your personal injury claim and make it hard to pursue the compensation you’re owed. However, if the other driver involved in the collision was the one who was ticketed for speeding, it could increase your chances of winning damages.
Seeking a fair settlement for a collision that involved speeding can be tricky, so it’s best to work with an experienced attorney. Whether you or the other driver received a speeding ticket, the Phoenix motorcycle accident attorneys at Zanes Law can take the steps required to protect your right to compensation.
Comparative Fault May Factor Into a Motorcycle Crash That Involved Speeding
According to Arizona’s comparative fault law, which is outlined in A.R.S. § 12-2505, you can still pursue compensation for accident-related losses if you contributed to the collision.
That means you may still be able to collect damages if you were speeding when the crash occurred and the other motorist was also speeding or driving recklessly.
That said, the amount of compensation you can legally receive will be limited. The state’s comparative fault law will reduce the amount of compensation you’re able to receive based on how much you contributed to the incident.
For example, if you’re found to be 20% to blame for the crash and suffered $10,000 in losses, you won’t be able to obtain more than $8,000 in damages.
A motorcycle accident attorney can ensure your fault percentage is set at a level that accurately reflects your contribution to the accident. That way, you’ll be able to get the financial remedies you deserve.
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What if the Other Driver Involved in My Motorcycle Accident Got a Speeding Ticket?
If the other driver involved in your collision received a ticket for speeding, it will likely be easier for your attorney to secure a fair settlement on your behalf.
That’s because when there’s already documentation from an official source, such as the local police department, that the other party was behaving negligently during the time of the crash, it’s easier for a lawyer to build a solid claim.
Your motorcycle accident attorney can use the other driver’s speeding ticket and other records and documents to construct a winning insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. Here are some of the other pieces of evidence a lawyer can use to strengthen your case:
- The official police report
- Footage from nearby traffic and security cameras
- Photos of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and tire marks
- Testimony from accident reconstructionists
- Eyewitness testimony
- Your medical records and bills
Damages You Can Obtain From a Motorcycle Accident Claim
Whether you were ticketed for speeding or not after a motorcycle collision, you still need compensation to cover your medical expenses and other accident-related losses.
If it’s found that you are partially at fault for the accident because you were exceeding the speed limit, a lawyer can work hard to obtain the financial remedies you need to get back on your feet.
If the other party committed a traffic violation, your lawyer can use that to improve your chances of getting the following damages:
Motorcycle accidents that involve speeding can leave you with significant monetary losses. Due to the speed and force of the collision, you could experience severe injuries that require expensive medical treatment.
Fortunately, these damages can cover the cost of hospital treatment, doctor’s appointments, prescription medication, surgeries, assistive devices, physical therapy, and any future medical care you need to manage long-term conditions.
These damages can also be used to pay for vehicle repairs and may also replace a portion of the wages you miss while taking time off work to recover.
Since motorcycle accidents caused by speeding can result in more serious injuries, it’s more likely that you’ll experience considerable or chronic pain in the weeks and months following your collision. If that happens, non-economic damages can help you cope with the pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
You may also receive non-economic damages for emotional distress and issues with your quality of life that stem from the collision. Let your attorney know if you’re experiencing mental health problems after a bike crash.
They’ll do their best to get the compensation you need to deal with your challenges, even if you were ticketed for speeding.
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How Long You Have to File a Lawsuit for a Motorcycle Crash
If you suffered losses in a motorcycle accident, you’ll want to do everything you can to comply with all the laws and requirements that apply to your case. Doing so will improve your chances of receiving compensation for all the bills and financial challenges you face.
One of the most important laws you’ll have to follow is known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is essentially the amount of time you have to submit a lawsuit. According to the statute, which can be found in A.R.S § 12-542, you’ll have two years from the date of the crash to submit a civil suit.
A skilled attorney can answer any questions you have about the deadlines that apply to your case and make sure your lawsuit is filed well before the state-imposed deadline. That said, it will be hard for them to comply with the statute if you wait too long to get started on your claim.
Contact an attorney as soon after your accident as possible to give them the time they need to get your suit filed within the two-year timeframe.
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If you were injured in a motorcycle accident that involved a speeding ticket, you’ll need legal advice and representation from a seasoned attorney. At Zanes Law, our Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyers know how to handle cases for clients who have committed traffic violations.
Whether you received a speeding ticket or were involved in a collision caused by a driver exceeding the speed limit, our firm can help you explore your legal options and demand compensation from the at-fault party. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your rights.
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