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Riding a motorcycle is a popular form of transportation in Arizona due to the warm weather our state has year round. Unfortunately, this also means that there are a significant amount of motorcycle crashes in Arizona as well. In 2016, the percentage of motorcyclist deaths as a percent of total motor vehicle deaths was 15.2%, the 12th most in the country at 144 fatalities. Even worse, 49% of the time a motorcyclist is injured in an accident, they took no improper action at all. Because there is little in the way to protection in the event of an accident except for some durable clothing and a helmet, these accidents often cause severe injuries, and even death. At the Law Offices of Andrew R.C. Davis, we understand how difficult life can become after dealing with serious injuries caused by another person’s careless, reckless, or negligent acts, that’s we’re here to stand up for you and your rights. With our firm you’ll never be treated like a number, and we’ll do everything in our power to get you the compensation you deserve.

How Lane Splitting May Affect Your Case

Unfortunately lane splitting remains illegal in the state of Arizona under Arizona Code 28-903Because a motorcycle accident injury is lawsuit based on negligence, the amount of fault you’re responsible for causing the accident could drastically affect the amount of compensation you’re entitled to. If you are riding in-between lanes in stand still traffic, and an inattentive driver suddenly pulls their vehicle in front of you, it would be hard to pursue a lawsuit against the driver because violating Arizona’s lane splitting law would attribute a lot of the fault to you. The following are several rules and exceptions under the Arizona lane splitting law that all riders should know:

  • Motorcyclists have the same rights as all other motor vehicle drivers and may make full use of a lane. Drivers may not maneuver in any way that deprives a motorcyclist of full use of a lane.
  • This lane splitting law does not apply to two motorcyclists riding side-by-side in the same lane, but no more than two motorcyclists may ride abreast in the same lane.
  • Motorcyclists may not overtake and pass another vehicle using the other vehicle’s lane. Just like other drivers, motorcyclists must fully pass another vehicle and execute a safe lane change to legally overtake and pass other drivers.
  • Motorcyclists may not “white line” or pass between adjacent lanes of traffic.

Common Causes for Motorcycle Accidents

The following are some examples of causes for motorcycle accidents:

  • Head-On Collisions
  • Cars Making Left-Hand Turns
  • Lane Splitting
  • Speeding & Alcohol Use
  • Collisions Between Motorcycles and Fixed Objects
  • Road Hazards
A major issue that motorcyclists face is the fact that they are far more faster and nimble than most vehicles on the road, making a distracted driver much less likely to notice them on the road. Shockingly, national statistics show the majority of motorcycle accidents involving two-vehicle crashes result in the impact happening in the front at 72%. When a motorcycle makes sudden contact with a much heavier vehicle, not only will it likely cause substantial damage to the riders pelvis, but also potentially throw the driver into the street which is often fatal.
In addition to being more likely to be hit from the front, the most dangerous situation for a motorcyclist is when a vehicle is making a left turn. In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that 41% of fatal crashes took place when the other vehicle was turning left. This danger is all too well known by riders who have experienced a driver negligently turning through an intersection in front of them. In addition to left hand turns, 23% of fatal accidents involved a collision with a fixed object.

The Seriousness of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Frequently when handling a case involving a motorcycle accident, the significance of pursuing a case is much higher due to the life-altering medical costs that come with an accident. It is not uncommon for victims of such accidents to suffer life-long effects such as paralysis, amputation, or traumatic brain injury. In the event that a rider is struck in a head-on accident, it is often that the result of such an accident is fatal, and if negligence is the main cause, it may be grounds for a wrongful death claim. Because of this, it takes an expert personal injury attorney to competently pursue the claims necessary to protect your future.

In Arizona, The “Wrongful Death Act” allows a wrongful death lawsuit to be brought by the “husband or wife, child, parent or guardian, on behalf of the family member who was killed. A negligent wrongful death lawsuit is unique in that it allows a jury to consider damages that they normally aren’t allowed to. First it gives the jury a lot of flexibility to decide on any damages that they deem “fair and just.” The second thing it allows the jury to do in considering damages is to take into consideration any other special circumstances that caused the actual death to occur, typically resulting in what is called punitive damages. Finally, any recovery that is made is not allowed to be offset by any existing debts of the family member who was killed. All things considered, a wrongful death suit gives the victim’s family much more power and flexibility to seek justice and the compensation they deserve for losing a loved one.

Injured and Unable to Visit Our Office? No Problem.

We know it’s difficult enough recovering from injuries caused by a serious accident, often times we have new clients who are unable to travel. That shouldn’t prevent you from getting the legal representation you need and deserve though. With the Law Offices of Andrew R.C. Davis, we’ll send a lawyer out to meet with you anytime and anywhere to discuss your case personally. The following are locations in Arizona we serve:
  • Phoenix Area (Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Carefree, Apache Junction)
  • Tucson Area (Oro Valley, Catalina Foothills, Marana)
  • Flagstaff
  • Prescott
If you live outside these locations, don’t worry we’ll still make the trip, just give us a call and we’ll make the arrangements.

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The Law Offices of Andrew R.C. Davis is committed to helping individuals who have been seriously injured in auto accident while riding a motorcycle. A catastrophic injury from a motorcycle accident can result in the inability to work, care for dependents, and significantly impact other parts of your life. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Arizona, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact our legal team at the Law Offices of Andrew R.C. Davis to learn more about the legal options available to you.


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