Sharing the road with other vehicles poses risks for motorcyclists. While any roadway travel comes with uncertainties, certain locations, and traffic scenarios tend to see higher rates of motorcycle collisions.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers in Phoenix at Zanes Law explain the most common places on the road where motorcycles get into accidents. Read on to learn the locations and how we can help you in the aftermath of a crash.
Intersections Are the Riskiest Location
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, around 35% of motorcycle crashes in Arizona occur at or near intersections. Injuries from T-bone or side impact accidents can be severe, often including broken bones, head trauma, and internal organ damage for riders. Intersection accidents sometimes also involve multiple motorcycles, compounding types and severity of injuries in those instances.
Intersections see high accident rates due to multiple crossing traffic flows that increase risks of motorists failing to see motorcycles or sight lines being obstructed. Left-turning vehicles also pose a collision hazard for oncoming bikes.
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The Dangers of Highway On- and Off-Ramps
Getting onto and off the highway is another location where accidents can occur. High-speed impacts from merging, swerving, or loss of control here can lead to serious road rash, fractures, spinal injuries, or even fatalities for motorcyclists. Sudden impact injuries tend to be more life-threatening than other crash types.
Short acceleration and merge lanes on ramps mean bikes have little time or space to blend safely with faster highway traffic. This puts riders in blind spots and merging conflicts.
Rural Roadways’ Turns Cause Accidents
Winding rural highways also run the risk of motorcyclists getting into crashes. Even going the speed limit can be dangerous because you could lose balance, or a semi-truck’s pull could push you. These accidents can cause severe trauma, such as skull fractures, spinal cord damage, internal bleeding, or amputations from blunt force or heavy objects.
Higher speeds on more isolated rural roads combine with impaired sight lines around curves and more road hazards like gravel or debris to contribute to loss of control or head-on collisions.
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Urban Downtown Areas’ Congested Traffic Pose Risks
Busy city streets experience increased accident rates. Injuries resulting from right-angle crashes, as well as blows from larger vehicles, commonly involve broken limbs, pelvic fractures, crush injuries, and traumatic brain injuries that necessitate intensive care.
Distracted drivers amid heavy traffic volumes increase the risks of failing to see bikes on busy city streets with more intersections and congestion, putting riders in blind spots. For example, if a driver in a car is texting while driving, they could overstep their distance from the biker in front of them and hit them, causing injuries.
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Crashes At Night Due to Lack of Visibility
Reduced visibility plays a role in a lot of motorcycle crashes that often result in high-speed impacts with objects, multiple vehicles, or loss of control of obstacles on the roadside. Blunt force trauma head and chest injuries are frequently severe under these circumstances.
Low light levels reduce visibility for all road users at night, especially spotting less conspicuous motorcycles, potentially leading to higher speed impacts. Motorcycles’ small size, despite their headlights, can be difficult for other drivers to see. This could lead to drivers hitting them in any situation at night.
How Can a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help After a Motorcycle Accident?
After you’ve been in a motorcycle crash, you need legal representation that truly cares about you and is willing to fight for your rights to compensation. At Zanes Law, that’s all we do. Here are some of the legal tasks we can take on for you:
Our Accident Investigation and Evidence Gathering
We will thoroughly investigate the scene of your accident to determine the cause. We will analyze skid marks, debris patterns, road conditions, and more to understand what happened.
Our Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyers will also interview witnesses and gather their statements. Properly documenting evidence is essential for establishing negligence on the part of other parties. We can then use this forensic analysis to support an insurance claim on your behalf.
Insurance Company Negotiation
Insurance providers do not always promptly pay out full claims amounts. Our attorneys, skilled in personal injury law, will work directly with insurance adjusters to convince them of liability and maximize your settlement.
We understand negotiation tactics and legal precedents that drive higher compensation. Our representation helps ensure you receive the full amount you deserve for your losses.
To prove the total financial impact of the accident, we calculate all relevant damages to your situation. This includes:
- Current and future medical bills: We will work to obtain payment for all medical expenses you have incurred and will continue to incur as you recover from your injuries.
- Lost wages: Our lawyers will document your lost income due to your inability to work while recuperating from the accident.
- Repairs or replacement costs for your bike: We will assess repair costs or the full replacement value of your motorcycle written off in the collision.
- Long-term disability: If your crash has left you with permanent impairments restricting daily or job activities, we can pursue compensation for long-term disability impacts.
- Disfigurement: Any disfiguring scars or long-lasting visible wounds will be accounted for to acknowledge your suffering from lasting impacts on your appearance.
- Pain and suffering: No financial figure can fully restore your health, but we will make every effort to obtain fair damages for the physical and mental anguish this experience has caused you.
- Loss of consortium: If the accident has disrupted your family relationships and abilities to participate in usual life activities, loss of consortium damages may apply.
- Mental anguish: We recognize motorcycle crashes often cause ongoing trauma, so our evaluation will encompass damages for mental health impacts as well as the emotional toll of your experience.
Our motorcycle accident attorneys dedicate our practice to helping people like you. Our experience in gathering evidence, negotiations, and litigation provides the best outcome as you seek resolution and compensation after a crash.
Learn More About Where Most Motorcycle Accidents Happen
At Zanes Law, our team of motorcycle accident attorneys understands the risks that bikers take every day, and if you’ve been injured in an accident, we’re here to help. We can answer any questions you have after your accident.
Contact us to learn more about where the majority of motorcycle accidents happen.