Riding a motorcycle in Arizona can be an amazing experience, all year round. And if you are one for wind therapy, you understand that with this freedom comes a risk, especially when other drivers are involved. Many people are not yet vigilant when it comes to being aware of motorcyclists on the road, and frankly, are even concerned with distraction-free driving. And, when a collision happens, motorcycle riders are far more likely to experience injury than the person driving or riding in the vehicle that likely caused the accident.
Whether you have been involved in a motorcycle accident or are a motorcycle rider, there are some things you should be aware of when it comes to motorcycle accidents. Here are our top 5:
Motorcycle Injuries and Accident Stats
In Arizona in 2016, motorcycles were involved in only 2.45% (3115) of accidents. However, motorcycle accidents made up 78.37% of all injury accidents, with 2,602 people being injured. Also, of these accidents, 76.31% of them occurred in urban settings, suggesting that other vehicles were involved. Source: https://www.azdot.gov/motor-vehicles/Statistics/arizona-motor-vehicle-crash-facts
Minimum Insurance Required for Motorcycles in Arizona
There is a minimum required insurance coverage for motorcycles in the state of Arizona. These requirements, outlined by the Arizona DMV, are $15,000 bodily injury for one person involved in one accident, $30,000 bodily injury for two or more people involved in one accident, and $10,000 property damage coverage.
Time Limitations to Seek Restitution
You have two years to seek restitution in a case involving injury sustained in a motorcycle accident. If a loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, you have two years from the date the person died.
Healthcare Liens for Accidents
Most healthcare providers will immediately place a lien on anyone coming in that has been involved in an accident. They do this without even looking at the accident victim’s insurance policies. Although this type of lien does not apply to your wages or other income, if you receive a settlement, this money will be taken from it.
A good lawyer can get this lien waived by finding:
- It was not recorded in a timely manner
- There is no statement regarding continued treatment
- There are any errors in the amounts recorded for treatment received
- There were any unnecessary treatments, or
- Treatments were received not directly related to the accident
Most motorcycle accident cases are settled easily out of court, if you do go to court there are some things your lawyer should do on your behalf. These include but are not limited to the following:
- File official complaint
- Serve the defendant
- Confirm or deny complaint in writing
- Go to court (you may also appear)
- Provide testimony (you may also testify)
Settlements for motorcycle accidents can include compensation for loss of property, loss of the ability to work, loss of proper body functioning, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
Contacting an experienced personal injury attorney to help assess your rights when you have been in a motorcycle accident is crucial. With over 29 years of experience in Arizona, the Simon Law Group will provide a free and confidential consultation when you call 480-745-2450 or click here. Remember, Experience Matters!!!