Glendale Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, it can be life-changing, as riders often suffer serious injuries, long-term disabilities and even death.
If you or a family member has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a licensed Glendale motorcycle accident lawyer at Phillips Law Group to assist you. You may be eligible to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our firm has more than two decades of experience obtaining millions in compensation for our clients, including a $7.6 million settlement on behalf of a motorcyclist who sustained a skull fracture and traumatic brain injury. Founder Jeff Phillips is a member of the State Bar of Arizona.
To learn more about how our attorneys may be able to help, contact us for a free consultation. There is no risk or obligation to pursue legal action and there are no upfront fees involved for our services. We only get paid if you get compensation at the end of the legal process. We are available 24/7 to discuss your situation.
Gives us a call at 1-800-706-3000 to get started.
Do I Have a Valid Case?
Our Glendale motorcycle accident lawyers need to discuss the details of your crash with you to determine if you may be eligible to file a claim. We need to determine if your accident may have been caused by someone else’s negligence. A person is negligent when he or she behaves in a careless manner and causes injury to another.
There are four elements of negligence that need to be proven in an injury claim. These include:
- Duty of care – You must establish that the at-fault party owed you a duty of care. He or she had a legal obligation to act in a sensible manner to prevent you and others from being injured.
- Breach of duty – You must establish that the at-fault party failed to uphold his or her duty of care and caused you harm by not acting as a reasonable person would under similar circumstances.
- Causation – You must establish a direct link between the breach of duty and your injuries. Our attorneys can help obtain the medical records and police report needed to try to prove this link.
- Damages – You must establish that you suffered measurable damages, such as medical expenses or loss of wages. If the motorcycle accident did not result in damages, then you have no case.
A Glendale motorcycle accident lawyer at our firm is ready to review your situation. If we can determine that negligence may have played a role in your accident and injuries, we are prepared to pursue maximum compensation.
Need legal help? Give us a call at 1-800-706-3000.
Damages in Motorcycle Accident Cases
We will not know how to calculate the true value of your damages unless you get in touch with one of our qualified attorneys. A number of factors, including the severity of your injuries and your ability to return to work, may contribute to the type and amount of compensation you may be able to obtain.
Medical treatment after a motorcycle accident can be expensive. Some injuries, such as those to the brain and spinal cord, can require extensive care or become a permanent reality for a motorcycle accident victim. You may be eligible to seek compensation to help cover past and future medical bills, ambulance services, rehabilitation costs, therapy, medications, surgery, imaging tests and more.
Many serious motorcycle accidents can either leave victims unable to work for some time, return to work in the same capacity or work at all. Without a steady source of income, it can leave you feeling stressed about how to manage your household expenses. If you have a case, we can help you pursue maximum compensation for the loss of current and future wages.
If your motorcycle can be repaired, you may be eligible for compensation for repair costs and the cost of renting a vehicle. If your motorcycle is a total loss, you may be eligible for compensation for the value of your motorcycle.
Pain and Suffering
A motorcycle accident can be a traumatic experience for both the victim and his or her family. Compensation for pain and suffering can include the physical and emotional distress you endured after the accident as well as loss of enjoyment of life due to your injury and loss of companionship for your affected spouse or partner.
Other damages may be available for your claim. To discuss the value of your claim, contact our Glendale motorcycle accident lawyers for a risk-free consultation.
Deadline to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim
If you are looking to obtain compensation for your injury, we recommend that you seek legal representation as soon as possible after the accident.
In Arizona, most personal injury cases, including motorcycle accidents, have a two-year filing deadline. Cases must typically be filed within two years from the date of the accident. This deadline is referred to as the statute of limitations. If you fail to file before the deadline passes, you will be unable to file a lawsuit.
However, each case is different. You may have to file before or after this deadline. If you have questions about the legal process or are unsure if your time to file has passed, it is in your best interest to reach out to one of our experienced Glendale personal injury attorneys for advice.
Can I Still Sue If I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?
Arizona law does not require motorcycle riders to wear a helmet if they are at least 18 years old. However, motorcycle accident victims who were not wearing a helmet in the crash may be concerned about their eligibility for taking legal action, even if they were not under 18.
It is important to note that you can still pursue compensation after an accident in which you were not wearing a helmet. You should not avoid meeting with a licensed attorney to discuss your legal options just because you were helmetless in the accident.
Insurance Coverage for Motorcycle Accidents
Arizona has a fault-based insurance system. Generally, this means that person responsible for causing the motorcycle accident is also responsible for paying for the damages suffered by the victim.
This is why Arizona requires motor vehicle operators to carry a minimum amount of liability insurance coverage. This type of coverage helps pay for the other party’s property damage and injury costs if you are at fault for the accident.
The minimum amounts of coverage as required by law include:
- $15,000 of bodily injury coverage per person
- $30,000 of bodily injury coverage per accident
- $10,000 of property damage coverage
Many drivers purchase more than the minimum amount of coverage. If our Glendale motorcycle accident lawyers pursue insurance compensation on your behalf, we can pursue the full value of your damages, up to the limits of the other driver’s coverage.
What if the Other Driver’s Insurance Coverage Runs Out?
Even if the driver who caused your accident has more than the minimum coverage, it might not be enough to cover the full value of your damages, if you are able to recover compensation.
If this happens, our attorneys may be able to pursue compensation from your underinsured motorist coverage. Arizona requires motorcycle operators to purchase a minimum of $15,000 per person and $30,000 per accident.
Our attorneys can review the insurance coverage that may be available in your situation. We are well-versed in Arizona insurance requirements and motorcycle laws. Contact us today for a free legal consultation. We are available to answer any questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Call us right away at 1-800-706-3000.
Motorcycle Passenger Injury Claims
These claims are actually somewhat similar to a claim filed by a motorcycle driver who was injured in an accident. You may be able to file a claim against the at-fault driver. If the motorcycle driver was partially at-fault in the crash, you may also be able to file a claim against his or her insurance policy.
You may not want to file a claim against the driver’s insurance if you are friends or he or she is a family member. It is important to note you are not pursuing a claim against that person, but his or her insurance policy.
However, these situations can get complicated so it is recommended that you talk to a lawyer about your options for obtaining compensation.
‘No Contact’ Motorcycle Accidents
Sometimes a crash is caused by the rider losing control of his or her bike. This may be the result of mechanical issues on the bike, such as a tire blowing out. There could have been a problem with the road, such as a pothole or slippery or uneven surface.
These cases can be very complicated, as you may need to pursue compensation from a government entity or a product manufacturer. This is a situation where it helps to have experienced legal assistance to level the playing field.
Our Glendale motorcycle accident lawyers have helped many riders obtain fair compensation for damages.
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What Causes Motorcycle Crashes?
Motorcycle accidents are often the result of another driver’s negligence. Common examples of driver negligence that cause motorcycle crashes include:
- Distracted driving, such as texting, eating or using a GPS device
- Speeding or reckless driving
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Following too closely
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Disobeying traffic lights and stop signs
- Failing to check for blind spots
- Weaving in and out of traffic
The smaller size of a motorcycle can make it harder to spot in traffic, and it may appear to be further away and traveling slower than it actually is. Since it is difficult to judge the distance and speed, drivers need to pay close attention and take extra care when traveling around motorcyclists.
Speak to Our Glendale Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one were harmed in a motorcycle accident, it is in your best interest to seek legal representation. Our Glendale motorcycle accident lawyers have the knowledge, experience and resources it takes to build a strong case and pursue maximum compensation for crash victims.
Call us today for a free consultation to learn more about your possible legal options. Your consultation with us is confidential. There is no risk or obligation to pursue legal action. If you have a case, there are no upfront fees for our services. You only pay us if we obtain compensation for you. We are available to talk with you 24/7.
Our main office is conveniently located about 10 minutes from the Valley Metro.