There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding motorcycle accidents, perhaps even more than there are about automobile accidents. If you ride, it’s even more important that you’re aware of your rights and the steps you should take should you find yourself involved in a motorcycle accident with another vehicle.
Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about motorcycle accidents:
1. How long do I have to file a motorcycle accident claim in Arizona?
Arizona’s statute of limitations on motorcycle accidents is two years from the date of injury, or date of realization of injury. This is the same as the date for automobile accidents.
2. What if I didn’t have insurance on my motorcycle?
If you did not carry motorcycle insurance, then you can still file a lawsuit against the driver or drivers who caused your accident. Since you don’t have an insurance company to cover your expenses otherwise, it is even more important that you work with a skilled motorcycle accident attorney who can seek compensation for your injuries on your behalf.
3. Who can sue for motorcycle injury and accident cases?
Either the motorcyclist or their passenger can file a claim against parties to blame for injury or death that was due to a motorcycle accident. This lawsuit could be filed against the driver of another vehicle, municipals responsible for bad roads, or anyone else who is found to be partially at fault for an accident.
4. What if I was partially to blame for the accident?
If the court determines that your own actions were partially responsible for the motorcycle accident, then you may seem the total amount of your damages reduced. This is typically calculated according to the percentage of blame that is assigned to you.
5. What if I didn’t see the vehicle that caused my motorcycle accident?
If you were involved in a hit-and-run accident where you never saw identifying information for the vehicle that caused the accident, you can still file a claim. You would file this claim under your uninsured motorist insurance coverage, which you purchase along with your liability insurance for just such an event.
6. Do I have to call the police after a traffic accident?
You must notify the police about any accident that resulted in an injury or damage to property in excess of $500.
7. What if a car turned left in front of my motorcycle, causing the accident?
While it’s hard to know for sure the details of a case like this, blame in accidents involving a left-hand turn is typically assigned to the car that was conducting the turn. This is because many left-hand turns are permitted only if the driver yields to oncoming traffic. However, if the turn was protected, you were speeding, or other factors were at play, then you as the motorcyclist could also face some blame.
The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be overwhelming. Seek the help of an experienced accident attorney who also has extensive knowledge of motorcycle laws, for the best chance at getting compensation for your injuries.