Motorcycle Accident Attorney Phoenix, AZ
Serious Injuries After a Motorcycle Crash
A motorcycle can be a very dangerous way to travel. Drivers often fail to see motorcyclists before it’s too late to react. In addition, many drivers simply don’t give motorcyclists the space and respect they deserve on the road, serious injuries can occur. Motorcycle crash fatalities have increased in Arizona, and ridership has increased due to rising gas prices.
If you have been injured in a Phoenix motorcycle accident caused by another party’s negligence, or a family member has been injured or killed, we can help you get the fair and just compensation you deserve and are entitled to under the law.
At the Phoenix, Arizona, personal injury Law Office of Paul Englander, PLC, our sole focus is on helping injured persons and their families obtain fair and just compensation for the harms they have suffered as a result of motorcycle accidents and other unfortunate events. We can help you seek justice and work to ensure that you will have the money you’ll need to cover medical bills, ongoing medical treatment and therapy, lost income, and other financial and emotional losses caused by your accident, plus compensation for any permanent injuries.
Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation 602.266.7986
Motorcyclists are overrepresented in traffic fatalities. Motorcycles are involved in 14% of all traffic-related fatalities, but represent only 3% of the entire registered motor vehicle fleet. In 2018, 36,560 people died in all traffic crashes, and of that number, 4,985 people died in motorcycle crashes. In addition, motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely than people riding in passenger cars to die in an accident.
The majority of multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes are caused most often by other drivers who did not see the motorcyclist. Drivers do not always understand the safety challenges faced by motorcyclists such as size and visibility, or how to anticipate or respond to motorcycle riding practices.
Motorcyclists can make themselves more visible by putting reflective materials on their motorcycles and by keeping headlights on at all times.
Alcohol, drugs, and some prescription medications may negatively affect a motorcyclist’s judgment, alertness, coordination, reaction time, balance, throttle control, and the ability to shift gears.
Here are some key statistics on motorcycle crashes in 2016, according to the Department of Transportation:
- Motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were found to have the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers than any other vehicle types, with 25% for motorcycles, 21% for passenger cars, 20% for light trucks, and 2% for large trucks.
- Thirty-seven percent of motorcycle riders who died in single vehicle crashes were alcohol-impaired.
- Motorcycle riders killed in traffic crashes at night were three times more frequently alcohol-impaired than those killed during the day.
Education and experience play a role in motorcycle crashes, of the motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2017, 29% were riding without valid motorcycle licenses.
Age is also a consideration in motorcycle accidents. The 40-and-older age group made up 54% of motorcyclists killed in 2016, with the average age being 43. Furthermore, the 50-and-older age group had the highest rate of motorcyclists killed on weekend days.
Helmets are estimated to be 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle riders, and 41% for motorcycle passengers. In 2018, 71% of motorcyclists wore helmets, which were compliant with Department of Transportation safety standards.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,859 motorcyclists in 2016, and that 802 more lives could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.
A personal injury attorney should be consulted following a crash resulting in serious injuries. Liability, insurance coverage will be investigated, potential injury and damages claims can be evaluated.
The consultation should be free. There should be no fees unless a settlement is obtained.
No Matter How it Happened, We Can Help
Our firm routinely works with individuals and families with serious injury, catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims involving:
- Motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, Vespas, mini bikes, dirt bikes
- Serious head injury, fractures, broken bones
- Spinal cord injury, paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia
- Head injury, brain injury
- Road rash, disfigurement
- Driver negligence
- Failure to see motorcycle
- Improper lane change, lane splitting, failure to yield, excessive speed
- Tailgating, following too close
- Poorly marked construction zones
- Inattentive driver, driver on cell phone
- Drunk drivers
- Dram shop / bar liability
Certified in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death by the State Bar of Arizona
Phoenix motorcycle accident injury attorney Paul Englander has more than 40 years of experience as a trial attorney, and has earned the designation of Certified Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death by the State Bar of Arizona. Less than 1 percent of all Arizona lawyers have achieved this special designation, which demonstrates significant personal injury trial experience.
Mr. Englander is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Best Lawyers in America, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, whose membership is limited to those attorneys who have succeeded in obtaining million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients, the American Association of Justiceand the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association. He has also been recognized by SuperLawyers, Best Lawyers in America and Arizona’s Finest Lawyers.
Contact Paul Englander Today for Help
If you have a claim against a negligent driver, contact Phoenix motorcycle accident injury attorney Paul Englander immediately. The sooner you talk to us, the sooner we can begin to gather evidence to bolster your case. Talk to us now, while your memory of the event and the memories of any witnesses involved are still fresh. We will fight for your right to fair and just compensation.
We offer a free and confidential consultation to all prospective clients. Home and hospital visits are available, as well as weekend and evening appointments. To reach us after hours or on weekends, please call 602.320.4378.