Owning and riding a motorcycle can be one the most exhilarating experiences to date. Many Americans report a sense of freedom and openness that comes with riding. The feeling of having no walls around you and only the open road ahead of you can be incredibly liberating. On par with national trends, the city of Tucson has its share of motorcycle enthusiasts. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation there are nearly 25,000 motorcycles registered in Pima county alone. This number illustrates that this national past time is alive and well.
Although riding a motorcycle is a freedom that many Tucson citizens enjoy, it does not go without some degree of risk. In the year 2009, there were approximately 145 reported motorcycle accidents for the city of Tucson alone. Statewide there were over 3,000 motorcycle accidents for the same year. Including others harmed involved in the motorcycle accident, about 4,834 people reported injuries. 127 Arizona motorcycle accidents ended fatally that year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports on traffic affairs each year. At the end of 2008, their annual report shows eye-opening statistics:
- 96,000 people were injured in motorcycle related accidents
- 5,290 motorcycle accidents resulted in a fatality
- In Arizona, alcohol contributed to 28% all driving related fatalities
- Historically from 1995 – 2008, the number of motorcycle fatalities has sharply increased
Although motorcycles are involved in only 1.5% of all accidents in Arizona, they are related to 12% of all traffic fatalities.
Due to their smaller size, many motorists simply fail to see motorcyclists in time to prevent an accident. The most common place for a motorcycle accident to take place in is an intersection. Failing to obey the rules of the road, including the right of way, often results in catastrophic crashes. As a result of their smaller size, motorcyclists involved in crashes with passenger cars typically incur more physical trauma than the occupants of the car. Injuries associated with motorcycle crashes include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Neck and Spinal Cord Injuries, even Paralysis
- Fractured Limbs
In Tucson, the driver or rider that causes or is â€śat faultâ€ť in an accident is determined by the law of negligence. Each driver / rider has a duty to other motorists and pedestrians to exert reasonable care. When a driver / rider doesnâ€™t exert reasonable care, they are guilty of negligence. Negligence can result in personal injury — or even death. Some common examples of driver / rider negligence are:
- Ignoring Traffic Signs or Signals
- Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII)
- raveling with Excessive Speed
- Unlawful Lane Changes
- Failing to Yield the Right of Way
If you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident, seek the service of a Tucson attorney trained and experienced in motorcycle accident law. Here at the Tucson branch of Wattel & York, our attorneys have a vast array of knowledge concerning motorcycle accident claims. All aspects of your case will be reviewed by trained professionals to ensure your full compensation for injuries, pain, and suffering you incur as a result of your accident.
Finding the right medical specialist can be a tough task, especially when youâ€™re already dealing with physical and emotional injuries after a motorcycle accident. The attorneys at Wattel & York will set you up with the appropriate specialist for your motorcycle injury. Additionally, we can put off the payment to these specialists until your trial is finished or your case settled. This is a courtesy we extend to all of our clients
Donâ€™t hesitate any longer if you are the victim of a motorcycle accident. The statute of limitations strictly dictates how long you have after your accident to file a claim. Contact an experienced Tucson attorney within Wattel & York, Attorneys At Law, to get started on your motorcycle accident claim today. You can reach our Tuscon office at (520) 352-0183. Alternatively, you can fill out our simple case form on our website and we will get back to you promptly.
Here at Wattel & York, your initial consultation is always free and confidential. When we accept cases, our firm operates on a contingent fee basis. What this means to you is simple — you donâ€™t pay anything unless we win your case.
The motorcycle accident attorneys at Wattel & York will fervently pursue the cause of your personal injury.
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