Motorcycles and Drunk Drivers in Arizona
In 2018, the Arizona Department of Transportation recorded 2,738 motorcycle accidents. Due to their nature, motorcycle crashes statistically end in serious injuries or fatalities. This is why it is so crucial for drivers to be aware and alert on the roadways, and for motorcyclists to wear the proper protection and take caution when driving.
Although a majority of motorcycle accidents occur because drivers cannot see them, there are times when drunk drivers are operating vehicles when they shouldn’t be, and crash into motorcycles. As a motorcyclist, it is important to know your legal rights and responsibilities. This can help you to make a case with a motorcycle accident attorney in Arizona.
Our Arizona personal injury law firm handles all types of motor vehicle accidents from truck accidents to motorcycle accidents and can help you too. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by a drunk driver, contact ELG ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS today.
Common Injuries That Occur in Arizona Motorcycle Accidents
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents commonly end in serious injuries, with head injuries being the number one cause of death for motorcyclists. Arizona statistics discovered that in 184 crashes where a helmet was not worn by a motorcyclist, 24.6 percent of the drivers sustained incapacitating injuries whereas, helmet users only recorded 20.16 percent. Wearing a proper motorcycle helmet increases driver safety and decreases the possibility of a head injury occurring.
Head injuries may be one of the more serious injuries that occur in motorcycle accidents, but many other injuries can occur that are life-altering, such as:
- Neck Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Leg and Foot Injuries
- Ribs, Breastbone, and Chest Injuries
- Face Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Damage to Internal Organs
Accidents cannot always be prevented, but with the proper protection, awareness, and caution, they can be minimized. The law in Arizona states that motorcyclists over 18 can choose whether or not to wear a helmet. Despite the law, if a crash occurs and the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and sustained injuries the negligent driver can argue that if they had worn a helmet, injuries may have been less or minimal.
Arizona Personal Injury Attorneys
Every year more than 100,000 automobile accidents take place in Arizona and at least 30,000 of those accidents will end in injury. Directly after an accident, victims should immediately seek medical attention to ensure his or her safety. After injuries have been assessed and treated, victims can then decide if they would like to file a claim with a personal injury attorney.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other post-accident costs.
Our skilled personal injury attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of our clients by preparing effective legal strategies to accomplish his or her needs. Contact our Arizona motorcycle accident law firm to speak with a skilled representative today at (623) 562-3838.