Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to personal injury when in a collision with another vehicle. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, don’t deal with the insurance company alone.
Despite the best efforts of experienced riders, motorcycle accidents and the accompanying injuries are often caused by drivers failing to locate the motorcycle and providing the proper distance for maneuvering, failing to yield the right of way to motorcyclists, or other failures of obedience to traffic laws. Unfortunately, motorcycle injuries are often more serious than auto accident injuries, because motorcycles provide less protection than a car or truck. Even with the proper protective clothing and headgear, a motorcycle accident can result in serious, permanent, and debilitating injuries. Our experienced lawyers handle a wide variety of motorcycle related injury cases. If you are injured on a motorcycle because of the negligence of another driver, it is important to act quickly to protect your rights.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation state these five key messages for motorcycle safety. They are as listed:
- Get trained on riding a motorbike before you get licensed.
- Always wear protective gear, such as a helmet and protective clothing.
- Never ride your motorcycle when impaired on alcohol or drugs.
- Do not ride outside of your own skill and abilities.
- Regularly take refresher courses on motorbike safety and changes to local laws.
To learn more visit the Motorcycle Safety Foundation at their website.
Other precautions to take if you are a motorcycle rider:
- It is first important to understand that helmets are the most effective way to prevent a motorcycle fatality or serious injury. Helmets are 37% effective in preventing injuries to the motorcycle rider and 41% effective in preventing injuries to passengers.
- Don’t drink and ride. In 2010, 29% of motorcycle riders that died in an accident had alcohol in their system.
- Reduce your speed. In 2008, 35% of motorcycle riders involved in a fatal accident were speeding.
- Obtain motorcycle training. All beginners should be trained in basic motorcycle operating skills and safe riding. Arizona offers operator training courses.
If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a motorcycle and you have questions about your rights, contact the Law Office of Gonzales & Poirier at (855) 774-5400 immediately. Our law firm serves all of Northern Arizona, including Flagstaff, Holbrook, Winslow, Williams, Page, Sedona, Cottonwood, Ashfork and Kingman. We have experience dealing with insurance companies and obtaining people with injuries full compensation. If you or your loved one is unable to travel, we can meet you at home, care facility, or wherever is most convenient.