In 2015, 4,693 people died in motorcycle accidents. Many of the bikers who survive sustain severe injuries that require extensive medical treatment and may result in a lifetime disability.
Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law P.L.L.C. is a renowned motorcycle accident law firm. We have extensive knowledge in handling the complex issues unique to motorcycle crashes. Our founding partner also has personal experience as a longtime biker, giving him the extensive knowledge to help investigate and litigate your claim.
Causes of Single-Motorcycle Crashes
A high percentage of motorcycle accidents involve just the biker himself. Single-bike crashes accounted for 1,906 motorcycle accident deaths in 2015. Unfortunately, the number of single-bike wreck fatalities has substantially increased from the preceding 15 decades.
Why does this occur? Sometimes the rider is at fault, but often he encounters adverse roadway conditions, such as:
- Potholes and pavement cracks
- Slick or icy roadways
- Insufficient street lighting
- Obstructions on or near the road
- Roadway debris
Claims by the Driver
Contrary to common misperceptions, motorcyclists are usually very careful drivers, so bike wrecks often occur because of conditions beyond the rider’s control. Yet insurance companies are quick to blame single-bike wrecks on biker negligence. A vital aspect of your claim is proving you were not at fault.
Claims by the Passenger
Often the passenger is the only person with a valid claim in a single-bike crash, particularly if the rider was reckless. If you were a passenger on a crashed bike, we may pursue damages in this order:
- Rider’s liability coverage. Arizona law requires the rider to carry insurance coverage of at least $15,000 for one person injured in a crash, $30,000 for injuries to all people per accident and $10,000 in total property damage. Many bikers carry higher amounts of liability coverage.
- Your insurance policy. Whether you are covered by your own insurance depends on the terms of your policies. You may have a valid claim for damages amounts not covered by the rider’s insurance.
- Third-party liability. Motorcycle crash injuries are often serious and not adequately covered by Arizona’s minimum insurance requirements. However, you may have a third-party claim against a corporation or municipality.
Filing a Third-Party Claim Against the City
Early, thorough investigation is essential to determine whether you have a third-party claim. Police only conduct a complete investigation in the case of a fatality or if criminality is suspected, and their findings are rarely sufficient. Law enforcement’s main interest is getting the crash cleared, and the city may actually repair the defect before you file a claim. A corporation is more concerned with mitigating financial liability than on helping you prove your case and may quickly destroy the evidence unless a judge orders it not to.
For this reason, you should contact an attorney as soon as practicable. Our attorneys visit the site immediately so we can show poor road conditions that might have contributed to your crash. We file an emergency motion if a corporation has evidence that could be destroyed.
Call Our Firm for Motorcycle Accident Representation
After a wreck, you want an attorney who understands the world of motorcycles to build a strong case on your behalf. Call our Phoenix motorcycle crash attorneys at Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law for experienced representation. Your first consultation is free. Call us at 602-535-1900.