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Glendale Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Riding a motorcycle is invigorating, economical, and has less carbon emission than a passenger vehicle — among many other great benefits to this alternative transportation — but there are many risks present that a rider and their passengers must be aware of too. For one, the risk of a fatal motorcycle crash is much higher than a passenger vehicle accident at a similar speed, and angle of impact since a rider has no structural protection afforded to them on a motorcycle. Even the most cautious and defensive motorcycle driver is at risk of being involved in an accident due to someone else’s behavior, and working with an experienced Glendale, AZ motorcycle accident attorney is the best way to get the money you deserve from the insurance company afterward.

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Our team offers a free consultation for people who have been injured in a motorcycle accident to discuss the specifics of their situation and explain more about how we can help them work with the insurance companies to get the money they deserve. Motorcycle accident claims can be complicated due to the increased likelihood of serious injuries, higher medical bills, significant pain and suffering, and more. Unfortunately, the insurance company will still focus on paying minimal compensation to protect their bottom line, trying to focus instead on a limited number of damages such as your property damage, immediate medical bills, and limited payment for things like your lost wages while avoiding a range of very real, very important damages. We are here to protect your rights.

During our free consultation, we will go through the details of your case and provide you with an in-depth understanding of how we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Working with Glendale, AZ injury attorneys is an important first step towards getting the maximum compensation for your motorcycle accident claim. Contact us as soon as possible to get started on your case. You can submit a request 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you will hear back from our law firm as soon as possible to discuss partnering with us for legal representation.

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The Benefits of Working With a Glendale Motorcycle Accident Attorney

After a motorcycle accident in Glendale, you will have many issues to address — especially your medical care to ensure that you are on the right path towards recovery. If you have lost a loved one, you will need to start thinking about a wrongful death case while trying to make sense of this tragic and avoidable accident. After any type of motorcycle crash, each day can be overwhelming and complicated, but working with a personal injury and motorcycle accident lawyer can help you by alleviating your legal stress as we fight to get you the money you deserve.

Insurance companies are focused on profitability, which means paying as little as possible for any given injury claim — including your own. No matter how pleasant the adjuster assigned to your case may be, they are working on behalf of their employer to resolve your claim quickly and inexpensively. Still, your injury lawyer will be able to push back against their tactics without you needing to worry about the process on your own. While we are handling your injury claim, you can focus on getting your life back on track.

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Common Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents

The following are just a few of the many different types of injuries that motorcyclists are at risk of in an accident. Each injury is unique, so whether or not you see yours listed below, your legal team will need to consider the individual factors of your situation before calculating the compensation you are owed. Many injured motorcyclists are owed both past and future damages for things like future medical bills as well as those they have already incurred, which will change the overall damages you are owed significantly.

Broken Bones

Broken bones, or fractures, are extremely common injuries suffered by motorcyclists because a driver is likely to be thrown to the ground after a crash. A doctor must address these injuries as soon as possible to ensure that the break is appropriately set to facilitate a successful recovery. Your Glendale, AZ motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to quantify the tangible and intangible impacts of this personal injury to ensure that you are fairly compensated for it.

Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury complicates a personal injury case like a motorcycle accident because there are so many impacts, both in the short- and long-term, that must be accounted for. Working with a Glendale motorcycle accident lawyer will give you the benefit of partnering with a legal professional that understands these impacts, as well as how to calculate them before fighting for a settlement that accurately reflects the extent of the damages you have suffered. A helmet is the best line of defense against a TBI.

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries are prevalent in Glendale motorcycle accidents because motorcyclists are thrown from the bike and hit the ground at high speeds during a crash. Whereas a passenger vehicle provides built-in protection like a sturdy frame, airbags, and seatbelts, motorcyclists are only protected by what they wear. If you suspect that you or anyone else involved has been injured from a spinal cord injury, be sure not to move them, or you may further complicate their injuries.

Road Rash

Road rash is another widespread injury suffered by motorcycle riders because, again, they are thrown to the ground during a crash and will make contact with the ground. Road rash is a serious abrasion that happens when bike riders are thrown from the motorcycle and slide along the pavement, so riding clothes like jackets, pants, boots, gloves, and a helmet is essential to keeping motorcyclists safe.

Internal Bleeding

When riders hit the ground after initial contact with a car, the impact can lead to severe internal damage such as punctured organs and other serious internal trauma leading to internal bleeding, which is much more serious than superficial bruising or a hematoma. This is why it is so important for anyone involved in an Arizona motorcycle accident to call 911 and get examined by the EMTs at the accident scene to ensure that all injuries are recognized and addressed immediately and that there is additional information in their medical records.

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Common Causes of Glendale, AZ Motorcycle Accidents

After being injured in a motorcycle accident, you will need to prove to the insurance companies that you are the victim of someone else’s driving, and that you deserve compensation after your collision with another motor vehicle. The following are a few of the most common causes of Arizona motorcycle accidents, but whether or not you see your situation listed below, contact us as soon as possible to speak with an experienced lawyer about your situation.

Distracted Driving

When a driver looks at their phone, plays with a GPS, or lets their mind wander while behind the wheel of a car, they are taking their attention away from the road and increasing the risk of a crash. Because a motorcycle takes up so much less space in a driver’s visual field, it is easy for them to miss a rider. You will need to prove that the driver was distracted to establish fault, something your attorney can handle while you focus on recovering from your injuries.

Blind Spots

Blind spots are hazardous for motorcycle accidents. A Los Angeles or Glendale driver may take time to check these spots but fail to notice a motorcycle when looking for a larger motor vehicle. Not being able to see a motorcycle does not exonerate a driver from fault, though, and your attorney will work to build a strong case to get you the money you deserve for your accident claim.

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is another dangerous decision that puts everyone else on the road at serious risk of an accident, and one that means the at-fault driver’s insurance company is obligated to pay a victim for a range of personal injury damages. If a drunk driver caused your accident or the wrongful death of a loved one, contact our law firm to speak with our attorneys about your legal options during a free initial call. You deserve to partner with a lawyer who will fight for every dollar you deserve through your claim, and is prepared to take your case to the Arizona courts if they cannot settle your case with the compensation you are rightfully owed.

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Take advantage of our free consultation to speak with an experienced Glendale Arizona legal professional about what you can expect from your insurance claim and how we can help fight for fair compensation after an accident that was not your fault. During your first call with an attorney you will be able to get a better sense of how your situation is viewed through Arizona personal injury law, hear about similar cases our attorneys have successfully represented, and learn about how compensation is calculated, among many other complex and unique aspects of personal injury law that must be addressed following a Glendale motorcycle accident.

The sooner you call, the sooner you can focus on your recovery while our lawyers address your financial needs through a personal injury claim or lawsuit.

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