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.
The danger posed by negligent driving behavior amplifies when committed near a motorcyclist. These motorists are extremely vulnerable because they lack the protections afforded to those in passenger vehicles, primarily seat belts and air bags. As a result, those individuals who are involved in a motorcycle accident often suffer the worst consequences, as evidence by a recent fatal wreck right here in Phoenix.
A previous post here discussed a recent motorcycle accident that left a Phoenix-area man dead. Sadly, many motorists in Arizona have limited awareness of motorcyclists, which increases the chances of a serious motorcycle accident. Victims of these wrecks are often left with significant damages that can take a devastating toll on them for years to come. They may be subjected to physical limitations, and their emotional well-being may be put at risk due to the trauma inflicted upon them.
Driving a motorcycle can be a lot of fun. However, because these vehicles lack the safety devices found in other vehicles, motorcyclists are often at increased risk of injury or death in accidents. Victims of these wrecks, as well as their family members, can face devastating damages including physical and emotional pain and suffering and financial losses. Oftentimes the only way to recover these damages is to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.An Arizona family may want to take such action after a recent Phoenix-area accident left a motorcyclist dead. According to reports, the motorcyclist was killed when a truck struck him after failing to yield before changing lanes. The truck driver was apparently trying to stop to pick up lumber that had fallen from a trailer that the truck was pulling. Although the motorcyclist was rushed to the hospital, he did not survive his injuries.Perhaps the most heartbreaking aspect of this accident is the fact that it was completely preventable. Had the truck driver simply checked his mirrors before changing lanes, the wreck might have been avoided. Now, though, the victim's family must try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. This can be challenging and, quite frankly, overwhelming.This is where the assistance of a qualified legal professional may prove beneficial. An attorney who is competent at handling personal injury and wrongful death cases can help victims and their families gather evidence and develop compelling legal arguments to support their fight for the imposition of liability and the recovery of compensation. Therefore, those who want to learn more about what an attorney can do to help them should consider reaching out to a legal professional of their choosing.
Riding a motorcycle can be a fun and relaxing way to spend your free time. Yet, those who ride these vehicles can be at an increased risk of being involved in an accident. One reason is because of motorcycles' small size, which can cause them to be lost in another driver's blind spot. Motorcyclists can also be at significant risk of being seriously injured in these wrecks because they are not afforded the protections found in other vehicles. In the worse cases, motorcycle accidents result in death.
Arizona motorcyclists, because they are not protected by layers of metal and airbags, are at significant risk of injury when involved in an accident. The types of harm they can suffer are numerous, and the severity of these injuries can vary greatly. Although some victims are able to escape with little more than scrapes, cuts and bruises, or perhaps, a minor case of road rash, others are left with traumatic brain injuries and damage to their spinal cords. In the middle are those injuries that are serious but from which a victim can recover through extensive medical care and rehabilitation.
Many Arizona residents turn to their motorcycles as a way to enjoy the outdoors and travel in a cost-effective manner. Although most riders are aware of the inherent dangers associated with riding a motorcycle, many of them drive defensively in order to minimize these risks. Unfortunately, however, far too many motorists fail to drive in a manner that protects motorcyclists. They may fail to see a motorcyclist before turning left or changing lanes, or they may fail to stop in time to avoid a rear-end collision. Regardless of how a motorcycle accident occurs, a victim of one of these wrecks can be left with serious injuries.
Riding a motorcycle can be a fun, relaxing way to unwind after a hard day's work. It can also be a cost effective way to get around town. Unfortunately, though, due to the negligence of other motorists, riding a motorcycle can also be extremely dangerous. Regardless of how defensive a motorcyclist operates his or her bike, a negligent or reckless driver can put them in harm's way in the blink of an eye. Far too often, the resulting motorcycle accidents leave victims with serious injuries or worse: death.
Previously, this blog discussed statistics that show just how dangerous riding a motorcycle can be. Although motorcyclists can take steps, such as wearing a helmet, to protect themselves, the sad truth of the matter is that no amount of defensive driving can fully protect a motorcyclist from the negligence of another. A driver who speeds, possesses motorcycle unawareness or is intoxicated can fail to yield to a motorcyclist or fail to slow for stopped traffic, causing a devastating motorcycle accident. Victims of these wrecks can be left with tremendous damages as a result.
Those individuals who ride motorcycles likely know that they can be dangerous. For this reason, most take appropriate safety precautions before going on a ride. This can include wearing long sleeve shirts, long pants, fingered gloves and a helmet. However, in Arizona, only those who are under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet. With that being said, it is important that motorcyclists make themselves aware of the benefits of wearing a helmet.