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Arizona Motorcycle & Motorbike Accident Personal Injury Help

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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:

  1. Get trained on riding a motorbike before you get licensed.
  2. Always wear protective gear, such as a helmet and protective clothing.
  3. Never ride your motorcycle when impaired on alcohol or drugs.
  4. Do not ride outside of your own skill and abilities.
  5. 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.

Man Riding Motorcycle on Mountain Road

Motorcycle Safety Tips & Information for Arizona Riders

Man Riding Motorcycle on Mountain Road

Motorcycle riders have a lot of disadvantages to operators of other motor vehicles in that they are harder to see and if a collision occurs, injuries are often more severe.

Motorcycles are amongst the few hobbies that display an entirely new breed of culture throughout the global society, however with this culture comes great risks. At the Law Offices of Gonzales & Poirier, some of our staff are experienced riders who understand the passion behind the hobby.

In the state of Arizona it is not required by law for a rider to wear a helmet, or any gear other than eye protection for that matter. The dangers of not wearing protective gear are seen to be fatal in many incidents. When riding a motorcycle the facts that should be taken into consideration for a safer ride are as follows:

  • On a motorcycle you are far less visible on the road than any other vehicle, meaning there is a far greater risk of collision as a result of other vehicles not seeing you.
  • On a motorcycle you are far more vulnerable to injuries. Unlike cars, where many incidents lead to fender benders and minor injuries if any, a motorcycle almost insures that at a time of collision the rider will end up on the road.
  • The distribution of balance is key in riding, making it a necessity to always be aware and alert of your surroundings and their potential effects on your motorcycle.
  • Road conditions can ultimately decide whether or not you are in an accident, be it the weather, gravel or potholes. If you ride somewhere where you are not familiar with the road and the conditions on it, ride alert and cautiously until you get a feel for the hazards the road may present.

The concepts listed above are all to be frequently noted in order to ride efficiently and safely but predicting an accident isn’t always possible, because of that safety gear is imperative. Although it isn’t required by law, riding should always take place with a helmet in order to avoid serious injuries or fatalities. Gloves and a jacket are also an extremely beneficial asset to anybody who rides, seeing how people on motorcycles are 35% more likely to be in an accident than a person in a car. With such a large percentage of riders prone to being in a collision the more safety gear, the better. With all this taken into account remember to ride with care and keep the rubber side down, one of them at least.

If you or a loved one has been inured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Law Office of Gonzales & Poirier at (855) 774-5400 for more information on our services or click here for personal injury help. We represent clients injured in accidents throughout Flagstaff, Arizona and if you are too injured to come meet at our office location, we will gladly come to you!


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