Peoria Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Riding a motorcycle can be exciting, but with that excitement comes a huge risk for severe injuries if a crash happens. If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident, consider contacting a licensed attorney to discuss whether you may have a case for compensation.
The personal injury attorneys at Phillips Law Group have been helping injury victims throughout Arizona for nearly 30 years. Found Jeffrey Phillips and his firms have successfully obtained over $750 million in financial compensation on behalf of our clients, including a settlement for $7,650,000 for a motorcyclist who sustained a traumatic brain injury.
If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident that was caused by the negligent actions of another party, you may have a chance to recover compensation for your damages and losses, such as medical expenses, missed time from work, pain and suffering and motorcycle repairs.
Contact a Peoria motorcycle accident lawyer today to schedule a free consultation. There are no costs to you unless we win compensation for your case.
Call Phillips Law Group at 1-800-706-3000.
How Do I Know if I am Eligible for Compensation?
It will be difficult to determine if your case may qualify for compensation without discussing the details with a licensed motorcycle accident attorney.
We must determine if we would be able to prove the four elements of negligence:
- Duty of care was present – Our Peoria motorcycle accident lawyers must prove the at-fault party failed to uphold its legal obligation to take reasonable action to prevent harm to others. For example, all drivers are legally responsible for operating their vehicles safely, without speeding, driving while intoxicated, disobeying other traffic laws or engaging in some other type of reckless or negligent behavior.
- Duty of care was breached – In other words, the driver did not uphold his or her legal obligations as another reasonable person would in a similar situation.
- Causal link exists – There must be a causal link between your injuries or property damage and the breach of duty of care. You or your lawyer must provide proof that the injuries or property damage you sustained would not have happened if the defendant upheld his or her duty of care.
- Damages were created – You must not only show you sustained an injury. You must also be able to provide proof of damages, such as medical expenses, lost income from missing work and property damage assessments.
If you believe your motorcycle accident was caused by negligence, you should strongly consider contacting a Peoria motorcycle accident lawyer today for a free review of your claim. Our lawyers are focused on holding negligent parties liable for their actions as we pursue the maximum compensation available for our clients’ damages.
How Much Financial Compensation May be Available?
The answer depends on several important factors such as the severity of your injuries or property damage and your ability to return to work in the same capacity as before.
Motorcycle crash victims may be eligible to pursue compensation for a variety of damages, including:
- Medical costs – If you have a valid case, you may be able to recover any compensation for past, present and future medical expenses related to your injury. Some examples may include doctor visits, ambulatory services, medications, imaging tests, rehabilitation, physical therapy, surgeries and more.
- Lost income – Since motorcycle accidents often cause severe injuries, it is common for victims to suffer lost income due to missed time from work. If you have a valid case, our Peoria motorcycle accident lawyers may be able to recover the wages you lost because of your injury.
- Property damage – If your motorcycle was damaged and if you needed to rent a car because of this damage, you may be able to receive compensation for these expenses.
- Pain and suffering – You and your family may be able to recover compensation for the physical and emotional stress you endured after your motorcycle accident, along with any loss of companionship or loss of enjoyment of life.
There may be additional damages you may qualify for, depending on the details of your case. If your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, you could receive compensation for funeral and burial costs, along with loss of earning capacity if the family depended on the wages of the deceased individual. Our lawyers can help determine the types of compensation you may be eligible for during your free case review.
Give us a call today at 1-800-706-3000 and ask us any questions you may have about your motorcycle accident claim.
Is There a Deadline to File a Claim?
The statute of limitations in Arizona gives most personal injury victims two years from the date of the accident to submit a claim. However, since no two motorcycle accident cases are the same, there may be certain details about your claim that can affect this deadline.
For example, if your motorcycle accident was caused by poor road design or a lack of maintenance on a road that was owned by the government, you may need to provide notice of your claim within 180 days and file a claim within just one year of the accident.
However, if you or your loved one was a minor at the time of the motorcycle accident, the claim may be filed up to two years after the minor turns 18 years of age.
Determining the deadline for your claim is something our knowledgeable Peoria motorcycle accident attorneys are ready to assist you with in a free consultation. If you do not submit your claim on time, your case could be dismissed from court and you may lose the right to seek compensation for your damages.
Insurance Coverage in a Motorcycle Accident Claim
Since Arizona is a fault-based state, the person held liable for causing a motorcycle accident is also liable for any damages sustained by the victim.
For this reason, drivers in Arizona are required to carry a certain amount of liability insurance coverage to pay for the victim’s medical bills and other expenses.
The minimum amount of liability coverage drivers can purchase is:
- $15,000 of bodily injury coverage per person
- $30,000 of bodily injury coverage per accident
- $10,000 of property damage coverage
Most drivers tend to purchase additional coverage beyond the minimum requirements in case they are struck by an uninsured driver or if they cause a lot of damage in a crash.
Determining how much coverage you may be able to recover from the at-fault party’s insurance company is something our experienced Peoria motorcycle accident lawyers may be able to determine for you. We have plenty of experience examining insurance policies and negotiating fair settlements with insurance adjusters.
Phillips Law Group Ph: 1-800-706-3000.
What if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?
Many motorcyclists may not know that they may still be eligible for compensation even if they were helmetless at the time of the accident. This is because Arizona law does not require motorcyclists to wear a helmet if they are at least 18 years of age or older.
Speak to a dedicated Peoria motorcycle attorney today to learn more about your rights as an injury victim. We are here to help you make a full recovery after your accident, if you have a valid case.
Causes for Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries Sustained
There are numerous reasons why motorcycle accidents happen, however, many of them are caused by the negligence of another party. Examples of driver negligence that could lead to motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving (texting, eating, or using GPS systems)
- Neglecting stop signs and traffic lights
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Failing to properly check blind spots
Some injuries caused by the above negligent actions could have life-changing effects on victims and their families. These injuries may include:
- Broken bones
- Severe burns
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
No matter how mild or how severe your injury may seem, it is always important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Sometimes it could take several days or weeks for symptoms to take effect and if you do not see a health care professional immediately after the accident, the insurance companies may question the validity of your injuries and could try to deny your claim.
Contact a Peoria Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Some motorcycle accidents can have a debilitating effect on a victim and his or her family. Our motorcycle accident lawyers understand the physical, emotional and financial struggles an individual or family may face after a severe injury.
The dedicated team of legal professionals at Phillips Law Group is prepared to walk you through the claims process if you have a case. We have helped over 155,000 clients throughout Arizona recover compensation.
The consultation with our attorneys is confidential and you are not obligated to hire us. There are no upfront or hidden fees and we do not get paid unless you do.