Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Scottsdale

Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Compared to drivers of cars, motorcyclists are much more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident, and more likely to be killed as a result. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the accident rate is almost 35 times higher for motorcycles than other types of passenger vehicles. If you are a motorcyclist who has been injured in a motorcycle accident because of the negligence of another motorist, contact a Scottsdale motorcycle accident attorney at The Watkin Law Office, PC who will provide you with the legal advice and guidance you need to receive fair compensation for your bodily injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Like any motor vehicle accidents, there are many possible causes of motorcycle accidents, including:

Limited Visibility Accidents: Because motorcycles are smaller than 4-wheel passenger vehicles, the drivers of those passenger vehicles often fail to either see or hear motorcyclists. A driver might fail to use his side and rear-view mirrors and check his car's "blind spots" before turning or making a lane change; and even if the cyclist is able to swerve to avoid a collision with the car, he might lose control of his bike in the process and end up in a one-vehicle crash.

Left-Turn and U-Turn Collisions: Perhaps the single most common type of collision between a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle occurs when a 4-wheeled motorist turns left in front of an oncoming motorcyclist. This is the infamous "left hook" type of collision that occurs not only at intersections but at the entrances to private drives and public retail centers. The U-Turn collision is essentially the same type of crash, except the passenger vehicle is making a 180-degree turn that cuts across the path of the motorcyclist, rather than a 90-degree left turn. Either way, if the car's turn is sudden and the cyclist does not have enough time or distance to change the direction of his motorcycle, he will usually plow into the front or the side of the turning passenger vehicle. Such collisions almost always result in serious or fatal bodily injuries to the cyclist.

Rear-end Accidents: For whatever "reasons," the drivers of passenger vehicles and commercial trucks sometimes fail to "notice" the presence of motorcyclists at all, including failing to pay attention closely enough to notice/realize that the motorcycle ahead of them is slowing down directly in front of them. When a passenger vehicle or truck strikes the back of a motorcycle, it can propel the motorcyclist and his bike forward – often into the vehicle in front of the motorcycle; sideways – into other traffic lanes; of "backwards" – where the motorcyclist himself is struck by the at-fault vehicle, while his bike is literally knocked out from underneath him. Under any of these circumstances, catastrophic or fatal injuries to the motorcyclist are common.

Solo Accidents: Incidents that only involve the motorcycle are known as solo accidents. Frankly, these are usually the result of the motorcyclist's "operator error," meaning the motorcyclist was solely at fault for the crash. However, sometimes even good and safe cyclists crash due to bad road conditions, poorly-marked or signed roadways, defective parts on the motorcycles, or other motorists who intentionally or accidentally "run them off the road."

Tips to Avoid Being Injured in a Motorcycle Crash

Though most motorcycle accidents are caused by careless drivers of passenger vehicles, there are some preventive actions a motorcyclist can take to help decrease some of the inherent risks.

  • Before each ride, check your bike to make sure everything is in proper working order, paying special attention to the inflation and condition of the tires and treads. Your tires and brakes are about the most important components on your vehicle.
  • Drive defensively; and always take the extra effort needed to be sure other drivers can see you – avoid riding in their blind spots, attempt to make eye contact whenever possible, use your horn when appropriate, and if local ordinances do not prohibit them, equip the bike with exhaust pipes that other motorists are likely to hear, even over their cell phones and car stereos.
  • Wear appropriate gear that will increase your safety and visibility. Helmet, gloves, protective eyewear, perhaps even protective body armor.

Hopefully, by following these suggestions, always driving conservatively and defensively, and exercising good common sense, you can reduce your chances of being involved in a traffic accident, or increasing the odds of surviving it.

Contact our law firm when you need a lawyer on your side who also rides.

Injured cyclists can trust they are getting the best legal counsel from Scottsdale personal injury lawyer, Clark Watkin, who rides motorcycles and has spent over 40 years as a trial attorney. Clark will take the time needed to put together a solid case that will protect, preserve, and collect your rights to fair and full compensation from negligent motorists and their auto insurance companies.

Clark Watkin reputation for excellence not only benefits you and your family in obtaining the best legal assistance, it also means that liability insurance companies know of his reputation and frequently are willing to negotiate a full settlement with Clark's clients rather than risk having to go to trial against him.

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