Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Scottsdale
Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Compared to drivers of cars, motorcyclists are much more likely to be involved
in a motor vehicle accident, and more likely to be killed as a result.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
the accident rate is almost 35 times higher for motorcycles than other types of passenger vehicles. If you are a motorcyclist who
has been injured in a motorcycle accident because of the negligence of
another motorist, contact a Scottsdale motorcycle accident attorney at
The Watkin Law Office, PC who will provide you with the legal advice and guidance you need to receive
fair compensation for your bodily injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Like any motor vehicle accidents, there are many possible causes of motorcycle
Limited Visibility Accidents: Because motorcycles are smaller than 4-wheel passenger vehicles, the drivers
of those passenger vehicles often fail to either see or hear motorcyclists.
A driver might fail to use his side and rear-view mirrors and check his
car's "blind spots" before turning or making a lane change;
and even if the cyclist is able to swerve to avoid a collision with the
car, he might lose control of his bike in the process and end up in a
Left-Turn and U-Turn Collisions: Perhaps the single most common type of collision between a passenger vehicle
and a motorcycle occurs when a 4-wheeled motorist turns left in front
of an oncoming motorcyclist. This is the infamous "left hook"
type of collision that occurs not only at intersections but at the entrances
to private drives and public retail centers. The U-Turn collision is essentially
the same type of crash, except the passenger vehicle is making a 180-degree
turn that cuts across the path of the motorcyclist, rather than a 90-degree
left turn. Either way, if the car's turn is sudden and the cyclist
does not have enough time or distance to change the direction of his motorcycle,
he will usually plow into the front or the side of the turning passenger
vehicle. Such collisions almost always result in serious or fatal bodily
injuries to the cyclist.
Rear-end Accidents: For whatever "reasons," the drivers of passenger vehicles and
commercial trucks sometimes fail to "notice" the presence of
motorcyclists at all, including failing to pay attention closely enough
to notice/realize that the motorcycle ahead of them is slowing down directly
in front of them. When a passenger vehicle or truck strikes the back of
a motorcycle, it can propel the motorcyclist and his bike forward –
often into the vehicle in front of the motorcycle; sideways – into
other traffic lanes; of "backwards" – where the motorcyclist
himself is struck by the at-fault vehicle, while his bike is literally
knocked out from underneath him. Under any of these circumstances, catastrophic
or fatal injuries to the motorcyclist are common.
Solo Accidents: Incidents that only involve the motorcycle are known as solo accidents.
Frankly, these are usually the result of the motorcyclist's "operator
error," meaning the motorcyclist was solely at fault for the crash.
However, sometimes even good and safe cyclists crash due to bad road conditions,
poorly-marked or signed roadways, defective parts on the motorcycles,
or other motorists who intentionally or accidentally "run them off
Tips to Avoid Being Injured in a Motorcycle Crash
Though most motorcycle accidents are caused by careless drivers of passenger
vehicles, there are some preventive actions a motorcyclist can take to
help decrease some of the inherent risks.
- Before each ride, check your bike to make sure everything is in proper
working order, paying special attention to the inflation and condition
of the tires and treads. Your tires and brakes are about the most important
components on your vehicle.
- Drive defensively; and always take the extra effort needed to be sure other
drivers can see you – avoid riding in their blind spots, attempt
to make eye contact whenever possible, use your horn when appropriate,
and if local ordinances do not prohibit them, equip the bike with exhaust
pipes that other motorists are likely to hear, even over their cell phones
and car stereos.
- Wear appropriate gear that will increase your safety and visibility. Helmet,
gloves, protective eyewear, perhaps even protective body armor.
Hopefully, by following these suggestions, always driving conservatively
and defensively, and exercising good common sense, you can reduce your
chances of being involved in a traffic accident, or increasing the odds
of surviving it.
Contact our law firm when you need a lawyer on your side who also rides.
Injured cyclists can trust they are getting the best legal counsel from
Scottsdale personal injury lawyer, Clark Watkin, who rides motorcycles
and has spent 40 years as a trial attorney. Clark will take the time needed
to put together a solid case that will protect, preserve, and collect
your rights to fair and full compensation from negligent motorists and
their auto insurance companies.
Clark Watkin reputation for excellence not only benefits you and your family
in obtaining the best legal assistance, it also means that liability insurance
companies know of his reputation and frequently are willing to negotiate
a full settlement with Clark's clients rather than risk having to
go to trial against him.
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