Motorcycle accidents are a problem in Arizona just as they are everywhere else. Despite the economic advantages and the fun that are offered by every ride on a motorcycle, the risks are also extreme in many situations. Motorcycles are quite small compared to the vehicles with which they share the roads, and the drivers and passengers on these vehicles are almost completely exposed to the elements around them when a collision occurs. As a result of these often unfortunate realities, Arizona motorcycle accident attorneys are often needed to help those injured or the families of those who are killed in these occurrences fight for their rights and their justifiable recovery of damages.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, 140 drivers and passengers on motorcycles were killed in accidents in 2008, and more than 3,000 motorcyclists were injured. The numbers have remained relatively consistent over the years, which means that one person is killed approximately every 2.5 days and more than 8 people are injured every day because of these motorcycle accidents. These statistics include collisions of all types and instances in which conditions can cause a motorcyclist to lose control of the vehicle, among other factors.
In terms of filing an Arizona motorcycle accident lawsuit, anyone would be extremely well-served to seek the help of an experienced attorney. The reasons are many in number, but it usually starts with the fact that if someone is injured or worse in such a situation, it's advisable to have those harmed focus on their recoveries rather than attempt to handle an entirely new context on their own while they are suffering from physical pain, emotional trauma and financial losses that include medical bills, property damage and lost income among other problems that tend to follow.
An experienced and skilled attorney will be able to help you piece together what happened before, during and immediately after the accident with the help of police reports and witness statements and help you decide how to pursue those responsible for the damages caused. There are times when a settlement offer may be fair and equitable, but there are other situations in which the only way your rights would be properly protected is to fight the matter all the way to a trial.
If a lawsuit is filed, all of the evidence will need to be gathered, organized and analyzed from the standpoint of what will be admissible, what will help your case and what could harm your case. The other parties will certainly be taking the same steps, which is why you owe it to yourself and anyone else affected by this accident to put your best foot forward when it comes to holding those responsible for the accident accountable. If this situation is familiar to you, contact the Arizona motorcycle accident lawyers at Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.