Flagstaff Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
We at The Husband & Wife Law Team love the city of Flagstaff. It’s a wonderful mixture of historic and modern, with a slice for everyone’s interests. If you are a history buff, take a stroll down to Historic Downtown, which is centered around the old railroad and station. If you’re more interested in taking in the views, you can take a ride up San Francisco mountain on the Arizona Snowball Scenic Chairlift, which gives you an incredible eye view of the surrounding area. Those who enjoy learning about natural history will have a field day at Meteor Crater, which was created 50,000 years ago when a meteor hit the Earth.
Is it any wonder we just can’t get enough of this city? Well, sadly, accidents happen even in such remarkable areas. The number of registered motorcycles in Arizona alone is 170,274, which means motorcycle accidents are bound to happen. Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be terrifying, and they often leave riders with catastrophic, life changing injuries. After such an accident you may be wondering how you’ll handle the financial burden of your medical bills, especially if you can’t work due to your injuries.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, then The Husband & Wife Law Team may be able to help. We are experienced motorcycle accident attorneys and work hard to get our clients the compensation they need. If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, reach out to our firm at (602) 457-6222 and find out how we can help you.
The average passenger vehicle comes with far more built in safety features than a motorcycle. A car has four, strong, metal walls, seatbelts, and airbags. A motorcycle, on the hand, is completely open and doesn’t have the space for an airbag or a seatbelt. This means that when involved in an accident, the motorcycle rider will typically suffer more than a passenger in a vehicle.
Motorcycles are also less stable. A car will usually have four wheels, which provide balance, and make it more difficult for the vehicle to flip or roll over, unless the conditions of the accident are severe. With two wheels, a motorcycle is far more prone to falling over. If the rider travels too fast or takes a turn too tightly, it can spell disaster.
This is especially true at Flagstaff’s most dangerous intersections. The intersection of East Ponderosa Parkway and East Butler Avenue had an alarming 44 accidents in one year. North County Club and North Highway 89 had 27 accidents alone. These intersections are already risky for a car, but on a motorcycle they can easily turn deadly.
This does not mean, however, that motorcycle operators drive any worse or more dangerously than car drivers. Rather, because they know the risks, many motorcycle riders do their best to follow all rules of the road and drive safety. When it comes to motorcycle accidents, many are not the fault of the rider. Common causes of negligent accidents include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Distracted driving
- Failing to yield the right of way
- The road was not properly maintained
The consequences of being involved in a motorcycle accident, whether it was your fault or not, are incredibly severe, especially if you involved in a trucking accident.
Motorcycle operators are completely exposed while on the road. They have no protection, besides the safety gear they choose to wear, from other vehicles in the case of an accident. Because of this, motorcycle injuries are often catastrophic and deadly. We have worked with many clients involved in motorcycle accidents, and we’ve seen many severe injuries, including:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Road rash
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Internal damage
- Fracture, broken, or crushed bones
- Lower-extremity injuries
- Amputations or the loss of a limb
Even if you feel fine after an accident, you should seek medical assistance immediately. There are many reasons you could feel okay while actually suffering severe injuries, such as shock or adrenaline. Thankfully, Flagstaff is full of amazing healthcare professionals who will give you the utmost care.
Truthfully, motorcycle accident injuries can take months, or even years, to fully heal. The emotional trauma may take even longer. This can leave you in an incredibly frightening financial situation.
With how catastrophic injuries caused by a motorcycle accident can be, recovering damages if your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence is incredibly important. After a traumatic injury, you will probably have to take time off of work to heal. As many of us live paycheck to paycheck, time off is often not a viable option, especially if you have medical bills to pay. Thankfully, it is fully within your power to hold the at-fault party’s insurance responsible. Some examples of what you may be able to get paid for are:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills, current and future
- The costs of rehabilitation or physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage or loss
- Loss of career
- Loss of earning capacity
- Lowered quality of life
- Wrongful death damages, if you lost a family member in the accident
A motorcycle accident can leave your life in shambles physically, emotionally, and financially. But if your injuries were caused by another individual’s negligence, receiving the compensation you need to live a comfortable life is your right. It may be hard to receive that compensation, however, given how many people view motorcycles and those that ride them.
Unfortunately, there are many people who believe that those who enjoy riding motorcycles are also risk takers and danger seekers. This bias extends to those who determine how high of a settlement you will be offered by the at fault party’s insurance. If you were involved in a dooring accident, an insurance adjuster may try to claim that you were speeding and not looking out for obstacles in the road. Or, if you are injured after a rear-end collision, then the insurance may tell you that you were only hit because you stopped too suddenly.
The truth is, receiving proper compensation after being injured in a motorcycle accident can be an uphill battle. Insurance companies have a vested interest in paying out as little as possible, even if their client was the one 100% at fault. In order to lowball claims, insurance companies will often use everyday motorcycle bias to their advantage. However, with The Husband & Wife Law Team, who have served numerous motorcycle accident clients with thorough legal representation, false claims by insurance adjusters can be disproven, and you can recover all the damages you suffered.
Many people involved in motorcycle accidents are left physically and emotionally traumatized. The stigma that often comes with motorcycles makes the situation even worse, as many people will assume you are at fault for your own injuries, even if that is the furthest thing from the truth. There is one place where you won’t find any such bias. We are motorcycle enthusiast ourselves, so we understand how terrifying and stressful an accident can be. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, reach out to us at (602) 457-6222 to speak to a knowledgeable Flagstaff personal injury lawyer.
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