Motorcyclists face several challenges out on the road, including dangerous drivers and road defects. It’s never a shock to receive a phone call from an injured motorcyclist asking for legal help following a crash. The only surprise is that more bikers aren’t injured out on the road.

At CLS Law, we are dedicated to helping accident victims access the legal system. If someone else is to blame for your accident, you could have a right to seek financial compensation. In some situations, you might litigate a lawsuit and present your case to a jury. But our Gilbert motorcycle accident lawyer has successfully negotiated many settlements for fair compensation without need for a trial, and we can assist you, too.  Give us a call if you’d like to find out more about how to receive meaningful compensation for an accident.

Biggest Hazards To Motorcyclists

Motorcyclists can be injured in all sorts of accidents. The top 5 hazards they confront are:

1.       Distracted drivers. Someone looking at a phone will not see a motorcyclist stopped up ahead at a red light or even one driving in front of them. Consequently, the distracted motorist can crash into the bike, causing major injuries.

2.       Aggressive drivers. Some motorists don’t want to share the road with motorcyclists. They might pass too closely or tailgate, while others will cut off a motorcyclist.

3.       Poor visibility. A driver can’t avoid a motorcycle if they don’t see it. Too many motorcycles are black or brown and blend in with surrounding traffic. Many bikers also dress in dark colors. Fortunately, visibility is something you can partially control. Make sure to wear a helmet or jacket in a bright color.

4.       Potholes. A giant hole in the road can topple any motorcycle that hits it. You could easily end up injured in this type of accident and get run over by other vehicles. The city or state should fill potholes in a reasonable time frame, but many of Gilbert’s roads are crumbling.

5.       Motorcycle defects. Defects can render a motorcycle impossible to manage. If the brakes don’t work, then you might be unable to stop in time to avoid a crash. A defect is usually the manufacturer’s fault. Remember to keep your motorcycle after a crash so your attorney can inspect it.

Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents

You could be hurt almost anywhere in Gilbert, whether pulling out of a parking lot or while riding free and easy on the highway. Some of the most common accidents include:

  • Lane change accidents. A motorist who can’t see you might change lanes and pull straight into your motorcycle. These accidents often happen at high speeds out on Route 202.
  • Left-hand turns. A driver will make a quick left-hand turn and pull straight in front of an oncoming motorcycle. You can hit the car and go flying through the air.
  • Head-on collisions. Some motorcyclists like to ride close to the center line—but that comes with risk. A fatigued or impaired driver could cross into your lane and smash head-on with your motorcycle.
  • Flipped bike accidents. A motorcycle can flip when it hits a pothole or loose gravel when making a turn.
  • Rear-end collision. Drivers coming up front behind can smash into a motorcycle, especially one waiting at a red light.

Regardless of how you were hurt, call CLS Law. We will listen to your story. Based on what you tell us, we can offer a preliminary estimate of the strength of your case. We might also need more information before deciding whether you can hold someone else responsible for your injuries.

Do You Need a Lawyer After Your Accident?

If you’re reading this, you probably realize you can seek financial compensation when someone crashes into you. An important consideration is whether you can negotiate a settlement on your own, or should you hire an expert?

We recommend calling CLS Law to speak with a lawyer. In a private consultation, we can provide more detail about how we win these cases. Our firm is at the forefront of protecting accident victims’ rights:

  • Accident reconstruction. We gather as much evidence as possible to find out what happened. Who is to blame for the accident, and why? We leave no stone unturned as we strive to recreate the accident so there is no doubt about fault.
  • Communication and evidence gathering. After a crash, you’ll need to notify multiple insurers, fill out forms, and gather information about your medical care. Let us handle these details for you.
  • Case strategy. Our goal is to win fair compensation for our clients. But the strategy we use will depend on the circumstances of your case. Typically, we try to negotiate a settlement, but our firm doesn’t fear going into court to file a lawsuit. A detailed strategy puts us in the driver’s seat when it comes to settlement talks.
  • Negotiation. CLS wins—it’s that simple. We have won million-dollar settlements for clients by convincing the other side they are at fault for the crash. And we’ll minimize your own negligence.

Visit our results page to see how we have established ourselves as an up-and-coming law firm focused on representing accident victims. Motorcyclists need sympathetic legal representation, and we are proud to offer our services to the Gilbert community.

Possible Compensation for Your Accident

Once we have strong evidence showing what happened, we can approach the defendant with a demand for compensation. Motorcycle wrecks are expensive and disruptive—no one disputes that. Your bike could be totaled, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Other major expenses include medical bills to treat serious injuries like concussions or organ damage.

At CLS Law, our Gilbert motorcycle accident attorney can fight for compensation that covers:

  • Motorcycle repairs or the purchase of a new motorcycle if your old one is totaled;
  • Medical bills, including rehabilitation expenses;
  • At-home medical help, if you are permanently disabled;
  • Lost wages or income suffered because your injuries keep you out of work;
  • Future economic losses, like continuing medical treatment or future surgeries;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Emotional distress or mental anguish;
  • Loss of consortium.

As you heal from the accident, you might get a call from an insurance company with a settlement offer. Do not accept! Wait until you have met with a motorcycle attorney at CLS Law. It is highly unlikely the settlement offer will be fair, and you’ll only sign away your rights.

One critical limitation is your own comparative fault, also called comparative negligence. If you made a mistake while driving, then your compensation is reduced. For example, you could have been distracted when a drunk driver crashed into you. Your own distraction will reduce your compensation in proportion to your share of fault. Someone who is 40% to blame will receive 40% less in monetary compensation.

Statute of Limitations

Arizona’s statute of limitations sets out the maximum amount of time to file a motorcycle lawsuit. You get two years. This time can pass quickly as you focus on rehab and recovery. Contact our firm so you don’t go past the deadline, even accidentally. A judge will toss your lawsuit, and you’ll possibly end up without any compensation for your injuries.

Get Expert Legal Help Today

Motorcyclists often bear the brunt of any collision, enduring severe injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and other catastrophic harm. These injuries can lead to years of struggle, extensive medical bills, and significant financial burdens. CLS Law understands the challenges you face and is dedicated to helping you secure the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses and support your recovery. Let us fight for your rights and ensure you get the justice you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our experienced legal team. Call us at (855) 257-9467 to take the first step toward financial recovery.