Obviously, motorcycles are very different from cars. This is due to factors that include maneuverability, required stopping distance, responsiveness to roadway conditions and level of protection during an accident. Even motorcycle property damages issues are unique. A claim involving a motorcycle accident should, therefore, not be handled in the same manner as a car crash. An attorney experienced in the issues involved in a motorcycle accident will greatly improve your chances for success.
Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law P.L.L.C. exclusively focuses on personal injury cases to give our clients the very best representation we can. We are well known for our effective representation of motorcycle accident riders and passengers. Founding partner Greg Lyon is an avid motorcyclist. His decades of riding experience give him firsthand knowledge about the operation of a motorcycle and the factors involved in a bike crash.
He personally understands the heartfelt passion you have for riding and the tremendous losses you suffer after a crash, and he has the legal knowledge to help you recover.
Factors Particular to a Motorcycle Crash
Our lawyers consider the unique factors of handling a motorcycle accident claim, including:
- Helmet law. Arizona does not have a helmet law, meaning motorcyclists can legally ride without a helmet. However, whether you were wearing a helmet will impact your civil claim, and so we proactively address this issue, particularly in relation to a head injury claim.
- Protective clothing. Whether you were wearing goggles, boots, gloves, an abrasion-resistant, long-sleeved jacket and long pants will also affect your claim. We counter accusations that you somehow contributed to your own injuries so you recover the maximum possible damages.
- Blind spot. “I didn’t see him,” is never a valid defense. The driver is still responsible for the crash even if you were in his blind spot, a phenomenon that is more common with bikes and motorcycles than with larger vehicles.
- Stopping distance. Motorists who have never ridden a bike often do not appreciate the unique physics of stopping on two wheels versus four. We clearly explain this relevant concept to insurance adjusters, jurors and the judge. It comes up particularly in left-hand turn cases and other intersection accidents.
Motorcycle Accident Damages
Motorcycles do not have seat belts, airbags and protective metal.* Therefore, the injuries that occur during a motorcycle accident tend to be serious and may differ from a car or truck crash. Commonly, bikers sustain:
- Head injuries
- Road rash and scarring
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
In addition, damage to your bike can be heartbreaking. You put your heart and soul into creating a bike that represents you. You also may have sunk a large financial investment into the chrome, pipes, seat and paint, which makes the bike more valuable than the price you paid. We fight for full compensation of these aftermarket parts. We also recognize that selling a bike after a wreck is nearly impossible, so we seek compensation for the diminished resale value as well.
Call Our Firm for Motorcycle-Focused Representation
For representation that is focused specifically on a motorcycle wreck and the resulting injuries and property damage, consult a lawyer with actual riding and relevant legal experience. Call Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law to schedule a free case evaluation with our Phoenix motorcycle accident attorneys at 602-535-1900.