Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries to the riders. Even if the motorcyclist is wearing the required safety gear and is following traffic laws, he or she could still be struck by a negligent or reckless motor vehicle driver, resulting in a serious crash.

The rider may suffer devastating injuries that can greatly inhibit his or her quality of life going forward. In the most serious cases, the rider may die from his or her injuries.

After a motorcycle crash, you may want to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer in Glendale, AZ, to protect your right to seek compensation. At Zanes Law, we will help you pursue a personal injury claim or a wrongful death claim. Call us today at (866) 499-8989 for a free consultation.

Potential Causes for Motorcycle Crashes

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, roughly 2,806 motorcycle crashes happened across the state in 2018, resulting in 150 death and 2,248 injuries.

Many motorcycle accidents result from dangerous situations created by motor vehicle drivers who are behaving recklessly. Sharing the road with negligent drivers only increases the chance of serious injury in an accident for a motorcyclist since they lack the extra layer of protection offered by a car.

A variety of negligent behaviors on the road can lead to a motorcycle accident.

Distracted Driving

Someone who is talking or texting on a smartphone while driving is violating Arizona’s hands-free mode law. A distracted driver may drive recklessly without realizing it or may not see a motorcycle until it is too late, causing a significant accident. Distracted driving also encompasses accidents caused because the driver was eating, applying makeup, adjusting the radio, consulting their GPS, or paying attention to anything other than the road.

Driving Under the Influence

Motor vehicle drivers who have been drinking alcohol or abusing drugs present a risk to all other drivers on the road, including motorcyclists. Impaired driving, even if it does not reach the level of a DUI, can cause a motor vehicle operator to make a mistake that results in an accident with a motorcycle.

Failure to Follow Traffic Regulations

If a driver violates traffic laws, such as by running stop signs, speeding, running red lights, or driving recklessly, the chances of the driver causing an accident increase. If the driver is not paying attention to traffic regulations, the drive may fail to keep a lookout for motorcyclists as well, potentially causing a dangerous situation.

Fatigued Driving

If a motor vehicle driver is struggling to stay awake, he or she is going to make mistakes on the roadways. This could lead to a crash with a motorcycle. Fatigued driving can be caused by a lack of sleep, driving too many hours continuously, sleep disorders, or side effects from medications.

Following Too Closely

If the motor vehicle operator drives too near to the motorcycle, it could distract the motorcyclist, causing him or her to lose control. If the motorcyclist must come to a sudden stop, the car may strike the motorcycle from the rear, causing injuries.

Failure to Stay Within a Lane

A serious problem for motorcyclists is a motor vehicle driver veering out of his or her lane and into the motorcycle’s path. It only takes a slight loss of lane maintenance from the vehicle to cause the motorcyclist to panic, lose control, and crash.

Determining Fault in a Motorcycle Accident

In order to determine whether you have a case for a personal injury claim or lawsuit, you have a right to seek legal counsel and representation.

If the other party refuses to come to an equitable agreement in the claim, a motorcycle accident attorney may help to negotiate or defend your case in court. Count on the team at Zanes Law to fight for a fair settlement for you. We handle everything from A to Z for our clients’ cases, so get yours started sooner than later. Call us today at (866) 499-8989.

Possible Injuries Following a Motorcycle Crash

For a motorcyclist, a single accident can lead to multiple injuries. If the motorcycle is in an accident in which a car or a truck strikes it, the injuries to the rider can be catastrophic.

Even if a motor vehicle driver does not actually strike the motorcycle but rather causes the cyclist to swerve and crash, serious injuries may result for the motorcyclist due to the motor vehicle driver’s recklessness.

Some physical injuries a motorcycle rider can suffer in an accident include:

  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Road rash
  • A loss of limbs
  • Disfigurement
  • Scarring
  • Facial damage and fractures
  • Disabling injuries to lower limbs

Each of these physical and emotional traumas can lead to a significant loss in the quality of life for the victim. Depending on the specifics of your accident and injuries, you could receive compensation for current and future medical costs, lost wages, and more from the liable party.

Call for a Free Consultation

Following a motorcycle accident, your doctor may prescribe a detailed treatment plan, including physical therapy. If so, it is important for you to follow the plan to the end. Stopping treatment early may allow the other party’s insurance company to argue that you were not as seriously injured as initially thought.

As motorcycle accident lawyers in Glendale, AZ, with Zanes Law, we work through the entire legal process to help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries, pain, and suffering. We will help you seek damages for immediate and future losses, as well. At Zanes Law, we work on a contingency-fee basis, so we do not accept payment unless you receive compensation.

Call us as soon as possible at (866) 499-8989 if you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Glendale, AZ.

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