Category: Motorcycle Accidents

The Legality of Lane Splitting in Arizona

In Arizona, and elsewhere, motorcyclists sometimes attempt to split lanes in an effort to cut through traffic and avoid the gridlock.  This is perfectly natural, of course — many motorcyclists see lane splitting as a maneuver that is meant to take advantage of the unique dimensions of a two-wheeled vehicle.  Motorcyclists (like most others on the road) tend to also see themselves as exemplary operators and may therefore find any restriction on lane splitting to be questionable. In reality, however, lane splitting can expose both motorcyclists and others to a significant risk of injury.  It should come as no surprise that Arizona and most other states have regulated lane splitting in an effort to minimize the occurrence of motorcycle accidents (and the injury claims that may result from such behaviors).  As per section 28-903 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, the state imposes a complete ban on motorcycle lane splitting. How does this effect damage recovery in a motorcycle accident?  Let’s take a look. Recovering Damages in a Lane Splitting Accident Given that lane splitting is banned in Arizona by statute, if you are involved in an accident while you are splitting a lane (i.e., riding between two lanes of traffic or between adjacent rows of vehicles), then you will be found negligent per se. Importantly, however, the fact that you are negligent for violating the lane splitting prohibition is not — in and of itself — enough to prevent you from successfully recovering damages in an accident.  Arizona implements the […]

10 Tips to Help You When Involved In an Accident

Safety: Make sure that you and your passengers are not injured. If an injury occurred, call 911 to report the injuries. If there is serious injury or major damage, do not move the vehicles. Wait until the police arrive so they can properly document the scene. This will help the police and investigators determine who is at fault if there is any question of liability. If the accident is minor, move the vehicle to the side of the road to a safe location. Do not get out of the vehicle unless it is safe. Stay in the vehicle if you are injured or surrounded by moving traffic. What seems like a minor injury could be much worse than it seems and trying to move could make things worse. Your best bet is to stay in your vehicle with your seat belt fastened, turn on your hazards while waiting for help to arrive. Call the police: Don’t ever let anyone at the scene try to convince you otherwise. A police report will be very important alter on. Get the police report along with the name and number of the reporting officer. In some cases of minor crashes, the police will not respond unless there are serious injuries or property damage; if that is the case, you will need to file an accident report at the local police station as soon as possible. Exchanging Information: Get the other drivers name, phone number, insurance company, policy number, drivers license number, plate number, and […]

Be A Safer Motorcycle Rider

Be a Safer Biker You are more likely to get into an accident riding a motorcycle than if you were driving a car. Here are some safety tips to help you avoid a motorcycle accident, and have safer ride. The main cause of motorcycle accidents are: Being in a driver’s blind spot. Loose gravel, and road debris. The main objective is to stay visible. Try to stay out of the blind spots of cars. Add a little extra buffer room between you and the car that is in front of you, and to the side of you. Just in case they decide to stop short, or change lanes unexpectedly, you will have time and space to make the proper maneuvers to avoid and accident. You can also wear bright colors to improve your visibility. Yellow, red, and white are very visible on the road. Try to avoid wearing all black. Black blends in with the road, and may make you harder to see by other drivers. Wearing reflective gear will also help. It will help you get noticed by the drivers around you, even in their peripheral vision. Always use turn signals when making a turn. It might be necessary to put your turn signal on a little early to give the driver behind you ample warning time that you will be slowing down. Tapping your break a couple of times before slowing down will also get the drivers attention, and let them know that you will be slowing down […]