Protect your rights after a motorcycle wreck and get the compensation you need by working with a Mesa motorcycle accident lawyer.
The injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash can have devastating consequences for your future. Motorbikes offer virtually no protection to their rider, and these accidents can leave motorcyclists with permanent disabilities and disfigurements as a result.
If you’ve been hurt in one of these collisions, it will be important to recover compensation from the at-fault parties. Doing so will protect both your finances and your future wellbeing. Obtaining this settlement will most likely mean going through an insurance company, however, and they’re notorious for treating motorcycle riders unfairly during the negotiation process.
By working with Milton Wagner, an experienced Mesa motorcycle accident lawyer, you’ll gain a legal advocate who can handle these communications on your behalf. Wagner Law can help you understand the complexities of your case, and guide your claim to a resolution that includes a full and fair monetary settlement.
Proving Negligence in a Motorcycle Crash
Every personal injury claim begins with an investigation to determine who was at fault for causing the accident. Even if the negligence in your motorcycle wreck seems clear-cut, it’s entirely possible that there are less-obvious factors that contributed to the crash. This is an important consideration, because if you don’t name all responsible parties in your demand for compensation, you could be leaving money on the table.
Equally important is proving that your level of fault for the wreck was minimal. Because Arizona observes comparative negligence, any negligence you are found responsible for will reduce the total amount of money you can recover in damages. The upside is that you can be partially responsible and still have a case for compensation; the downside is that the insurance company will push blame on you so that they can limit their own financial liability.
In many cases, insurers take advantage of popular stereotypes that portray bikers as reckless motorists who cause their own accidents. Our Mesa motorcycle accident lawyer won’t let this happen to you. A case built on facts and compelling evidence will render this tactic ineffective.
Identifying the Cause of a Motorbike Wreck
Collecting evidence and witness testimony is essential to your claim. The more we have of both, the stronger our negotiating position becomes. This is one reason that you want to begin work on your case immediately after the motorcycle collision. Evidence fades in time and witness memories can become less clear.
The investigation conducted by our Mesa motorcycle accident lawyer will consider every possible cause that the evidence might indicate:
Distracted Driving – People who split their attention between their driving and their cell phone increase the risk that they’ll fail to notice the smaller profile of a motorcycle and change lines into or turn in front of a biker.
Drunk Driving – The injuries caused by drunk driving accidents tend to result in more serious wounds to the victims than to the intoxicated driver. This can be disastrous for motorcyclists, who are already at increased risk of injury in a crash.
Roadwork – When construction crews fail to secure their site properly, it can create several hazards that are especially dangerous to motorcyclists, such as road debris and uneven lanes.
Reckless Driving and Speeding – A careless driver who moves out of their lane and into a motorcycle can easily send the rider flying—with catastrophic consequences.
Defective Motorcycle Parts or Tires – When a part or tire fails due to a design or manufacturing defect, the company that produced the item is likely responsible for your injuries. If a faulty installation was to blame, then the garage or mechanic could be at fault.
Injuries and Motorcycle Collisions
Valuing your personal injury claim starts with evaluating the severity of your injuries. The medical care that your recovery will require will make up a large percentage of your overall care. This is also true if your injuries will result in a permanent disability that requires ongoing medical care and special accommodations.
These are just a few of the different injury types that our Mesa motorcycle accident lawyer has experience litigating claims for:
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
Spine and neck injuries
Broken bones and fractures
Internal bleeding and organ damage
If, on the other hand, you have a loved one who suffered fatal injuries in a motorcycle accident, you can still collect compensation for the loss to your family. The damages you can recover are similar to those found in personal injury lawsuits, with the addition of funeral expenses and the guidance and companionship lost to your family.
What Goes into a Fair Motorcycle Injury Settlement?
The damages that should be included in your final payout from the insurance aren’t always obvious. Most crash victims know that their medical bills should be included, but many fail to account for their future needs. You should also be compensated for lost quality of life—something that doesn’t have a direct financial value.
Financial losses don’t end with your medical bills, either. A TBI or amputation can easily make it impossible for you to work and earn a living, making it necessary to demand compensation for your lost wages and earning potential. Other expenses could include mobility equipment, vehicle repair, home renovations, medication copays, and transportation costs.
Your non-economic damages will account for how your standard of living has been negatively affected by the motorbike accident. These include pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, loss of consortium, and lost enjoyment of life.
Mesa Motorcycle Accident FAQ
Considering how damaging a motorcycle crash can be, it’s no wonder that most victims have many questions in the aftermath. We’ve provided answers to a few of the most common here, but if you don’t see your concern addressed, please contact our office so that you can speak with our Mesa motorcycle accident lawyer.
Should I give a statement about my motorcycle accident to the insurance company?
No. If they can find a way to do so, the insurer will attempt to use your words against you later. They might use them out of context to pin blame on you. Instead, let your attorney handle the communication and negotiations.
How do I get compensated if my passenger caused my motorcycle collision?
Passengers can be at fault just like anyone else involved in the wreck. However, this person is most likely a friend or family member, which can add an additional layer of complexity to your claim. It’s best to let your attorney act as a go-between in this situation, thereby keeping emotions at a minimum.
Will I be at fault if my motorcycle was the only vehicle involved in the wreck?
Not necessarily. There are a large number of external factors that can contribute to traffic accidents—it isn’t always a matter of driver error. It’s best to consult with an attorney so that all the causes that led to your crash can be identified.
Help from a Mesa Motorcycle Crash Attorney
The injuries suffered in a motorcycle wreck can be difficult to recover form, and doing so will almost certainly require a significant amount of money. Wagner Law can review your case and inform you of what your options for compensation are. The consultation is free and carries no obligation, and all the information that you’ll receive will be honest and have your best interests in mind.
To arrange a time to discuss your case with Milton Wagner, our Mesa motorcycle accident lawyer, simply complete the form below or give us a call at 602-456-4166.