Have you been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident? These cases are tricky and they require the help of an experienced Arizona motorcycle accident attorney to make sure that the case is navigated correctly. You may be feeling very frustrated that you’ve been injured and you may be having a lot of worry about your health and your finances. We want to take the burden of fighting for compensation off of your shoulders. It is common for there to be a bias against a motorcycle rider and that makes it harder to fight for just compensation. That is why it is so important to hire an attorney who truly has motorcycle accident experience and has a record of successful outcomes.
Frequent Causes of Accidents and Most Common Injuries
As mentioned, there is a bias against motorcycle riders. It is not fair at all, but some people think that motorcycle riders are riskier drivers. They also tend to think that these riders should know better because motorcycles are unsafe. It is a frustrating bias that your experienced attorney will know how to handle, but because it exists, drivers of vehicles like cars, trucks, or SUVs tend not to pay special notice to motorcycles on the road. The most frequent cause of these accidents is when cars merge without looking carefully. Some people are careless when sharing the road with motorcycles and that can cause the worst accidents. The types of injuries that our experienced attorneys see on a regular basis include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Road burn
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Traumatic brain injury
- Concussion or contusion
- Internal organ damage
What you need to be aware of is how important it is to get these injuries taken care of. After the accident, it is important to get the police on the scene so that they can record the accident, and if you’re able to stay and take photos and talk to witnesses, that’s great, but if you’re so severely injured, you need to get on an ambulance. Even if you’re not in life-threatening condition, you need to know that immediate medical attention is a priority. You do not want to wait and worsen your condition. Also, is it important to seek medical attention because you want to be able to document that amount of damage the liable party cause you so you can show their insurance company that they owe you compensation for your injuries.
Avoiding Making Case-Ruining Mistakes
The insurance company that represents the driver who hit you is going to try to throw out your case or reduce the amount of compensation they owe you. They have tactics that they will use to do this. If you were to have waited for medical attention or avoided treatment, they will claim that you could not possibly need compensation because your injuries were never treated.
The insurance company will also try to reach out to you to get a recorded statement. They are going to seem very friendly, supportive, and helpful on the phone but be warned that they are not looking out for your best interest. They will ask you questions that are going to force you to answer in an unfavorable way and they are so tricky with it that you might not know that you are ruining your case with everything you say. Even if you had no part in causing the accident, they will try their hardest to make it seem like you did so that they owe you less compensation or they can throw out your case altogether.
Getting the Fullest Amount of Compensation
Making sure you get to an attorney right away is a great way to ensure that you have the best chance of getting the fullest amount of compensation. Arizona law says that you have two years from the date of your motorcycle accident to bring your claim or to settle it in civil court. Also, getting an attorney early on is beneficial because they will protect you from the insurance company’s bullying tactics. If you are fully blamed for the accident, you will not receiving compensation at all. If you are partially responsible for the accident, your award will be reduced by the percent of fault you were found to be at. Our attorneys will fight hard to get you the most compensation possible.
Frequently Asked Motorcycle Accident Questions
What Do I Do After My Accident?
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash in the state of Arizona, the first thing you should do is make sure you take care of your medical treatment. Your main job should be to get yourself as healthy as you can, as quickly as you can, and get as close to how you were prior to the crash. The other thing you want to do is make sure that any of the evidence from the scene is preserved. Take photographs of the scene, the vehicles, the motorcycle, and everything around the scene.
One of the other things that becomes important in that same vein is hiring an attorney quickly to help preserve the evidence. Make sure that witnesses don’t disappear without getting some information about them and the electronic data doesn’t go away. The final thing is making sure you hire the right attorney, somebody who’s experienced in motorcycle crashes, deals with that as a regular part of their practice, and is a trial lawyer who has the ability to get a fair resolution.
What Are Tips for Choosing a Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
When choosing a motorcycle accident attorney, you want somebody who’s experienced in the field, and deals with motorcycle crashes on a regular basis
You also want a trial attorney. You don’t want somebody who’s just going to settle them quickly. If you can settle the case, that’s great. If you can’t, you need to be prepared to go to trial. You need to let the insurance companies know that if you don’t get a fair offer, you will go to trial.
What Mistakes Can I Avoid After a Motorcycle Accident?
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle crash in the state of Arizona, you can learn from others in your position who have made mistakes before you. Some of the things not to do include talking to the other party’s insurance company and giving them a recorded statement early on. Another mistake would be if you ignore your medical conditions. Go see a doctor, and get the treatment you need. Don’t ignore your doctor. Follow their advice, and do what they ask you to do.
A huge mistake is hiring the wrong attorney. You need to hire somebody who knows how to handle a motorcycle crash in the state of Arizona, and focuses their practice on personal injury. You want somebody who’s a trial attorney and can push the case as far as needed to get you a fair resolution.
Will My Case Go to Trial?
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle crash in the state of Arizona, you may be wondering if you will get a quick settlement on this case. It depends on the case. More importantly, it depends on the insurance company. It depends on when they’re going to make an offer that’s fair and fully resolves your claim. We will prepare from day one to take the case all the way through trial if that’s what we need to do. We’ll make sure that you’re prepared if we need to go to trial as well.
How Much is My Case Worth?
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash in the state of Arizona, you probably want to know what your case is worth. A lot of times there are very serious injuries involving motorcycles. We probably can’t tell you the value of your case initially. The reason for that is we don’t have enough information. We need to know information about the actual injuries, the effect of those injuries on you long term, how it’s impacting your ability to work or affecting your ability to play, and how it impacts you on a daily basis.
Once we get that information we can have a good discussion with you about what the value of the case is.
How Much is an Attorney?
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash in the state of Arizona, you’re probably wondering if you can afford to pursue this claim. The good news for you is that, once you hire us, we cover all the costs going forward until there’s a successful resolution. That’s true if the case goes all the way to trial or it’s resolved early. You only pay us once we get a successful resolution of your claim.
Do I Need to Talk to the Insurance Company?
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle crash in the state of Arizona, you’ll get a call from an insurance company wanting to take a recorded statement. People ask me all the time if they need to give a recorded statement. I recommend that you not give a recorded statement without talking to an attorney first. The reason for that is the insurance companies have people who take recorded statements and are trained to get the information that helps their case and hurts your case.
How Long Will My Case Take?
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident in the state of Arizona, you probably want to know how quickly you can get it resolved so you can get back to normal life. One of the things that really determines how long it will take is what your injuries are and figuring out what the injuries are. It takes time to work with the doctors and figure out how your injuries are affecting you, how long they’re going to affect you, what treatment is working, and what treatment is going to be needed in the future. Once we have a good understanding of what that medical condition is, we can get a demand to the insurance company pretty quickly. Then they have an opportunity to review it.
If they get back to us and are willing to resolve the matter in a fair manner, we can get the case resolved. If they’re not going to be fair and we have to push the case to litigation or take additional steps to fight with them, it’s going to take a little bit longer. We’re always happy to talk to anybody about a motorcycle crash and the injuries in their specific case.
Call Our Arizona Motorcycle Accident Attorney
When you have been involved in a motorcycle accident and have suffered serious injuries, please call our office today to set up a free consultation. We will protect your rights to full and fair compensation. You don’t want to take on a case like this by yourself. You would not try to reset your own broken bone, you would let a doctor do it, so please consider letting an attorney handle your legal issues. Our Arizona motorcycle accident attorneys are here to help with everything to ensure you are going to get the best possible result.