Among all motor vehicles, motorcycles are the most vulnerable on the road. While many people enjoy riding their motorcycles out in the beautiful open Arizona landscape, they are by far the most dangerous type of vehicle when it comes to preserving the safety of the driver. Because of their design, motorcycles lack many basic elements of vehicle safety that come standard in a regular car. There are no seat belts on a motorcycle, so it’s very easy for a biker to be thrown off their motorcycle in a crash and sustain serious injuries or even be killed.
Motorcycles are also much smaller than conventional vehicles, making them more prone to accidents involving blind spots. It is very easy for other drivers to misjudge a motorcycle’s speed and location as well due to their smaller size. This is especially dangerous at night when drivers are relying on headlights to determine where other cars are on the road. Motorcycles only have a single headlight. This greatly affects a fellow driver’s depth perception and ability to determine the motorcycle’s speed and location, increasing the chances of a dangerous crash.
“I would say in 90 percent of cases we hear the same comment: I never saw the motorcycle coming… most people (driving cars) don’t understand that a motorcycle is closer than it appears to be. It is a matter of relative size; motorcycles look smaller,” said Sergeant Beam of the Tucson Police Department. There are many ways a biker can ride safer and protect themselves on a daily basis, including wearing a helmet, ensuring that their motorcycle is always in great condition, and avoiding bad weather and road conditions like ice, rain, and construction zones.
However, even if a motorcyclist does everything right and takes all safety precautions, there is always a chance of an accident. These accidents can be devastating and life-changing for the victim and their loved ones. A catastrophic injury or even wrongful death can leave you or your family feeling alone and overwhelmed with nowhere to turn. Medical bills, loss of work, rehabilitation, or funeral costs are just a few of the expenses that you or your loved ones could be burdened with due to a careless motorist.
After you are involved in a crash on your motorcycle, it is important to stay calm. An accident can be very overwhelming, but making the best decisions at the time of the incident can help you immensely in your future case.
First of all, do not say anything to the other driver that could be incriminating and do not lash out against them in anger, even if you believe the accident was their fault. You should get personal and vehicle information from any other individuals involved in the accident. If you can safely do so, you should also take photos of the scene. As soon as possible, call a personal injury lawyer to help you navigate the complexities of your specific case.
Our personal injury lawyers at Grabb & Durando understand that a motorcycle crash is much more than just damage to property or person. The long-term effects can last for years or even a lifetime. We can help you with your motorcycle accident injury. Let us fight for you during this difficult time. We have experienced motorcycle accident lawyers that have a successful track record of helping our clients.
At Grabb & Durando, it is our duty to ensure that you are properly compensated for your losses. This includes but is not limited to, compensation for property damage, lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. While we can’t undo your injuries, we do everything we can to get you the money you deserve.