By: William Thomas
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What You Need to Know About Motorcycle Accidents in Phoenix, AZ
Personal Injury in Phoenix AZ; specially motor cycle accident is an important thing that you should have must be know everything about it. So don’t neglect or ski]p this article. Because it’s so much conspicuous matter for motorcycle drivers.
A motorcycle accident can be devastating. Many cyclists will come away from a collision with lifelong, catastrophic injuries. Some will even die.
Yet it’s not easy for cyclists to collect personal injury settlements. Indeed, without the help of a good attorney the average cyclist is likely to find themselves blamed for their own accident and left with no payouts at all.
Here’s what you need to know.
What is unique about motorcycle personal injury claims?
Vehicle operators are usually the ones responsible for motorcycle accidents. Yet you wouldn’t always know it by the way that personal injury cases shake out here in Phoenix. The truth is, cyclists face a stigma, and that stigma can array police officers, insurance adjusters, judges, and juries against them.
Some people don’t even care if the injury is the cyclist’s fault: they think the cyclist shouldn’t have been on a motorcycle in the first place, and want to punish them for being irresponsible.
The insurance industry has worked hard to promote this stigma, and for one very clear-cut reason. Motorcycle injuries are expensive.
For example, a traumatic brain injury can cost millions of dollars. Often, a person with a TBI can’t work, and so a winning personal injury claim would have to cover those costs as well.
If the insurance company can pin the blame on the cyclist then they either have to pay very little of that or nothing at all.
It takes a skilled attorney with experience in motorcycle claims to work against this stigma. You need someone who will go through all the evidence, tap every expert, and present an air-tight case as to why you are the victim of the accident and the driver of the passenger vehicle that hit you was the one being negligent.
What’s the worth of the average motorcycle lawsuit in Arizona?
A lot depends on the case. We’ve seen cases settle for over $500,000 when pain, suffering, punitive damages, and economic losses are all factored in. Much depends, too, on the insurance coverages involved and the people we are able to recover from.
If you are riding a motorcycle and haven’t been in an accident yet it’s a good idea to purchase uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. This can help pay the difference when the other driver’s insurance policy isn’t equipped to pay for your losses. Given just how expensive these cases are this is quite common.
What happens in an Arizona wrongful death claim?
If your spouse, parent, or child died in a motorcycle accident then you can make a wrongful death claim. These claims are meant to cover funeral expenses, the deceased’s accident-related medical bills, the value of lost wages and benefits, repair and replacement of property, the loss of household services, the loss of care and companionship, and your own pain and suffering from the death of your loved one.
Proving wrongful death in a motorcycle case isn’t any easier than proving personal injury. Involving an attorney right away is the easiest way to make sure you get the payout you deserve.
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