Oftentimes, when we discuss motorcycle accidents, we talk about collisions that occur when other motorists fail to yield and thereafter turn into the path of a motorcyclist. While these types of driving errors contribute to a significant number of motorcycle accidents, they are not the only mistakes that can cause serious harm to motorcyclists.
To see another example, one need only look to a recent incident here in Phoenix. According to police, a 29-year-old man was speeding on 52nd Street when he failed to slow down in time to avoid rear-ending a motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was thrown from his vehicle and suffered serious injuries. He remains in critical condition. The driver of the speeding vehicle cooperated with police, but officers indicated that they observed signs of intoxication. A blood sample was taken to determine if the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the wreck.
Although this errant motorist is now facing criminal charges, a criminal conviction will do little to help the victim, who remains in the hospital. Sure, a conviction might provide a sense of relief to a certain extent, but it won’t lead to the recovery of much needed compensation to help offset medical expenses and lost wages. It also won’t help alleviate pain and suffering.
This is why motorcycle accident victims who are harmed by the negligence of another need to carefully consider their legal options. If the facts are on their side, a personal injury lawsuit may be justified.