Car Lane Change Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Phoenix
Drivers of passenger vehicles and trucks both have blind spots in their side and rearview mirrors. To safely execute a lane change, a driver must first do a head check - physically turn the head to look over the left or right shoulder to ensure the lane is clear. Drivers who fail to do this, or fail to register the presence of a motorcycle in traffic, can lead to accidents and serious or fatal injuries to motorcycle riders when they change lanes.
Riders can sustain serious injuries in a motorcycle crash even when travelling at slow speeds, which would only result in a minor collision for a passenger vehicle. Cars and trucks provide the protection of an enclosed vehicle, which motorcycles lack. Although conscientious riders try to stay alert to drivers who violate their right-of-way, an unsafe lane change by a passenger vehicle driver could result in an unavoidable accident.
If you have been the victim of such an accident, the first action to take is to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Our Phoenix motorcycle lawyers at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. are happy to provide a free case evaluation and discuss your options under the law.
Lane splitting – riding between lanes of traffic – is not permitted for motorcycle riders in Arizona under state law. However, even in states in which lane splitting is not prohibited, many accidents occur when drivers of other vehicles try to prevent motorcyclists from getting ahead of them in traffic, or simply change lanes without a head check.
Motorcyclists sometimes change lanes quickly as a defensive maneuver. However, when large passenger vehicles or trucks make unsafe lane changes without signaling or looking, it can put motorcycle riders at great risk of injury or death. The motorcyclists may be sideswiped or forced into a dangerous maneuver to avoid being hit, leading to a deadly accident. The rider may have to speed up or slow down quickly or change lanes suddenly, which could result in loss of control or an accident with another vehicle while moving in heavy traffic.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 4,295 people lost their lives in motorcycle accidents in the U.S. in 2014, accounting for 13% of all traffic fatalities. Most of those deaths (58%) occurred in accidents involving other vehicles. Most (55%) occurred in urban rather than rural areas, and more than half (57%) occurred on major roads other than freeways and interstates.
It is important to act fast after a serious motorcycle crash caused by another driver's negligence. Time is of the essence because evidence in your case must be collected and preserved.
Our Phoenix motorcycle lane change accident attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. can investigate your accident and gather evidence, including police reports, photographs of the scene, call upon forensic specialists, review medical records, and carefully evaluate all eyewitness testimony. We can build a powerful case, based on the evidence, and fight for the compensatory damages you deserve, during the period you are recovering from your injuries. Contact us at (602) 267-1280 for a free case evaluation to find out how we can help after a motorcycle accident that left you or a loved one with serious injuries.
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