Since 1987, Tony Merchant has helped the victims of motorcycle accidents recover compensation for their injuries. His keen understanding of motorcycle law and his love of riders have allowed him to recover millions of dollars for his clients.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, don’t delay. Get the help you need and deserve. Hold the negligent motorist who struck you accountable by reaching out to our law offices today.
Motorcycle accidents tend to be more catastrophic than car accidents, resulting in disabling injuries which can impact riders for a lifetime. Rider accidents tend to be some of the most expensive. Multiple broken bones are common, as are traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, internal injuries, cuts, and lacerations. Scarring and disfigurement are common. In extreme cases, amputation may be required.
In the most extreme cases, motorcycle accident injuries lead to the death of the rider.
These accidents and injuries can change a life. They can keep you from working. They can keep you from enjoying the hobbies and quality of life you used to enjoy. Most riders need the money from a personal injury suit to ensure they can support themselves after the accident.
Don’t be left behind. If you have catastrophic injuries, call to get the help that you need.
If you paid attention to the common list of motorcycle accident injuries then you know that these tend to be some of the most expensive cases that an auto insurance company can possibly pay out on.
The more expensive a case, the harder the insurance company is going to fight to avoid paying it out. One way they do this is by taking advantage of Arizona’s comparative negligence law. The higher the percentage of fault they can assign to a rider, the less they have to pay. Thus, you need an attorney who can fight hard to ensure the facts of the case are interpreted in your favor.
Another challenge for riders is that they tend to be far too hurt directly after their accident to spend time gathering evidence. Whereas the driver of a passenger vehicle can often get witness names and numbers, take copious pictures, and gather the other driver’s insurance information, the rider is often unconscious, or is in too much pain to move. Their only concern is getting taken to the hospital just as quickly as possible so they can get the treatment they need to survive.
This means your motorcycle accident lawyer will have to reconstruct the facts of the case on your behalf, and may need to bring in expert accident reconstructionists to help you make your case.
Finally, there is a stigma against riders which can work against you at every step of the process. It can make the insurance company less likely to negotiate because they believe they can get a better deal from a jury. It can make a jury more skeptical of your claim because they believe you were reckless for riding at all. You need an attorney who is adept at disarming these stigmas.
Passenger vehicles cause the vast majority of motorcycle accidents. Often, unsafe lane changes are the cause. The driver fails to see the rider and sideswipes them. Left turn accidents are another common culprit. In some cases, riders and cyclists get into deadly head-on collisions.
In rarer cases, motorcycle accidents are caused by motorcycle defects. When that happens your attorney can hold the manufacturer of the motorcycle accountable.
Lane splitting is the practice of riding a motorcycle between lanes of slow-moving traffic. It’s a passing maneuver. It takes advantage of the smaller size of the motorcycle to help the rider get through traffic faster, but it’s an extremely dangerous practice.
Lane splitting is illegal in Arizona. If you were engaging in the practice of lane splitting during your motorcycle accident you will be found at-fault for the accident. Riders must follow all the same traffic laws as passenger vehicles at all times.
It is legal for riders above the age of 18 to go without a helmet in Arizona. Nevertheless, a helmet can save your life. According to the CDC, helmets reduce the risk of death by 37%. They also reduce the risk of head injury by 69%.
The lack of a helmet can also influence your case. If you weren’t wearing a helmet at the time of the accident then your contributory negligence percentage could be a lot higher.
Be sure to tell your attorney if you were not wearing a helmet at the time of your accident. Your lawyer will need to take this fact into account when considering how to present your case.
There is no way to tell what your case may be worth without knowing the specific facts of your case. However, it’s important to understand the parts of a settlement.
The first part of your settlement will consist of compensation for your economic damages. This includes:
The second part of your settlement will be a pain and suffering award. In Arizona this is calculated using a multiplier. The severity of your injuries and the impact they have on your life are considered, and assigned a number between one and five. That number is then multiplied by your economic damages to come up with your pain and suffering award.
Thus, if your economic damages come to one million dollars, and you receive a multiplier of 4, then your pain and suffering award would be worth four million dollars, for a total settlement of five million dollars.
In some rare cases there is another type of compensation known as punitive damages. This award is given out when the negligent driver who hit you broke a serious law or engaged in conduct above normal negligence. They didn’t just break a traffic law, they were drinking or texting while driving. They knowingly got on the road in an unsafe vehicle. They committed a hit and run.
These are some of the hardest damages to win, but they are unlimited in scope.
The sad fact is that most motorcycle crashes result in the death of the rider, leaving their families to pick up the pieces. When this happens, the family of the rider can recover compensation for their injuries.
According to Arizona law, surviving spouses, children, and parents may file a wrongful death claim. The representative of the deceased may also file a claim. A representative would usually be filing a claim on behalf of the estate.
Only one claim may be filed. The proceeds from the claim must be shared among the beneficiaries. Wrongful death claims are subject to a two year statute of limitation from the date of the victim’s death.
A wrongful death claim should cover funeral expenses, the decedent’s medical expenses, loss of the decedent’s earning capacity, and compensation for a loss of love, affection, companionship, guidance, and consortium. It also acknowledges the need to compensate families for their own anguish, pain, and suffering for the loss of their loved one.
You are up to 40% more likely to recover funds with the help of an experienced Arizona motorcycle accident attorney on your side. As mentioned, motorcycle accident cases are some of the most complex cases a personal injury attorney can happen.
One of the first things we’ll do for you is file the claim while handling both your insurance company and the defendant-driver’s insurance company. This ensures that you can focus on recovery. It also avoids a situation wherein an insurance adjustor leads you to making major mistakes that can hurt your case.
Once you hire us, we’ll also begin the work of reconstructing your accident, gathering evidence, and building your case.
When you work with a personal injury attorney you don’t have to worry about coming up with a large retainer. You don’t have to worry about paying an hourly rate. Personal injury lawyers work on contingency.
That means your attorney doesn’t even get paid unless your case is successful. Then, they take a percentage of the settlement. You and your attorney will agree to that percentage prior to the start of your case.
You will almost always come out ahead with an attorney’s help. The math just works: you’re likely to make three to ten times more money than you would without help, even after your attorney’s fees are accounted for.
With a skilled motorcycle accident attorney on your side, you’re likely to get what you need to pay your medical bills and meet your expenses moving forward. That’s the purpose of launching a personal injury suit in the first place.
When you accept a settlement the check will go to your attorney. Your lawyer distributes the money first to the organizations with a claim on it, such as the hospital or the ambulance that treated you after your accident. They take their percentage and then write you a check for the rest. In many cases, in a motorcycle accident, this means you’re still walking away with several million dollars.
Since 1987, Tony Merchant has helped riders get justice. He’s won millions of dollars for his clients. He’s also won numerous awards, has published dozens of papers, has taught multiple classes about personal injury law, and has been extremely active in politics, the media, and public affairs.
He’s also responsive, kind, and easy to work with. He cares about you and your case, and it will show in the way that he works and the way that he takes care of you throughout the life of your case.
He’s a shrewd negotiator and a top-notch litigator, and teaches the lawyers he works with to be the same.
Get the help you deserve. Call (480) 581-8801 now.