Motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the U.S. travel to Arizona to take in the scenic desert landscape and the open roads, particularly in the winter or spring, when the weather is mild. Additionally, commuters in Phoenix often rely on motorcycles as a less expensive and more agile method of getting to and from work.

Unfortunately, motorcyclists are much more likely to become injured or die in accidents than the drivers of other motor vehicles, including cars and trucks. Injured motorcyclists often face bias when seeking medical or legal help after becoming injured due to their transportation choice and the stereotypes of motorcycle riders that have existed in the country for decades.

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If a motorcycle accident injured you, the legal team at Hutzler Law, PLLC understands the difficult road to recovery that you face. Let our experienced Phoenix motorcycle accident attorney explain the process of seeking compensation for the expenses and impacts of your injuries and the type of services we can provide to assist you with your claim.


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Proudly serving all of Arizona, Hutzler Law, PLLC, treats every case as though it will go to court. We build strong cases for personal injury claims of all kinds, relying on our team’s breadth of knowledge and experience to aggressively pursue success in the name of justice.

Accident attorneys Jason Hutzler, Omer Gurion, and Samantha Knobbe know how to handle negotiations with large insurance companies so you don’t have to fight alone. We’ll work closely with you every step so you can make informed decisions once your offers start coming back. Call us for your free case evaluation.


The Hazards That Motorcyclists Face

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, more than 2,300 motorcycle crashes occur in a year on the state’s roadways, with more than three-quarters of those accidents in urban areas. These accidents result in the deaths of more than 150 riders or their passengers and cause close to 2,000 injuries.

Motorcyclists deal with several hazards when riding on Phoenix’s busy streets. Their vehicles feature a slimmer profile and fewer lights, making it difficult for other drivers to see. Additionally, they have less stability than four-wheel vehicles and lack the protective features in other vehicles, including the seat belt, airbags, and steel frame.

However, some of the biggest risks facing motorcyclists result from the drivers of cars and trucks on the roadway. Here is a look at some risky driving actions that can result in a motorcycle accident.

#1. Left-Turning Drivers

Left-turning drivers are one of the biggest hazards motorcyclists face when riding in urban areas, particularly in intersections with no green arrow for left turns. The turning driver must ensure the travel lane goes straight through the intersection is clear before crossing it to complete their turn. RideApart explains that an accident occurs when the driver fails to notice an oncoming motorcycle and turns in its path.

In south Phoenix, left-turning drivers have been a source of concern to residents living in the area of the intersection of Seventh and Southern Avenue. The intersection only features a green arrow for eastbound travelers turning northbound. However, the three directional left turn lanes only have a flashing yellow arrow, confusing drivers. Residents say the road is too busy to allow drivers a sufficient gap in traffic to make the turn, causing them to sit through several lights and many drivers to simply ignore the light altogether.

There were 141 collisions at the intersection in four years, and other intersections along Southern Avenue have green arrows for left turns and fewer crashes.

#2. Alcohol-Impaired Drivers

Phoenix’s bustling nightlife is a source of pride for the owners of these establishments and a place for residents to meet with friends, unwind, and even watch the Suns, the Cardinals, the Diamondbacks, and the Coyotes play. Thirty-four percent of fatal motorcycle accidents feature a rider or a driver with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 grams of alcohol per deciliter of blood.

Alcohol impairs several skills needed for safe driving and safe riding, including the ability to track moving targets and complete multiple tasks simultaneously, reduced coordination and concentration, short-term memory loss, difficulty maintaining a travel lane, and making good driving or riding decisions.

#3. Distracted Drivers

Distracted drivers are a major cause of all types of traffic accidents, including motorcycle accidents.

Three distractions can impair a driver’s ability to operate their motor vehicle safely:

  1. Manual distractions, which prevent the driver from properly positioning their hands on the steering wheel, such as eating, drinking, or smoking.
  2. Visual distractions, which prevent the driver from watching the roadway, such as attending to children or pets in the back seat, looking for something that was dropped on the floor of the vehicle, or staring at people or cars on the roadway.
  3. Cognitive distractions, which prevent the driver from focusing on the tasks of driving safely, such as daydreaming or thinking about work.

One driving distraction that has caused increasing concern for state lawmakers and traffic safety experts is texting and other cell phone use, as it poses all three types of driving distractions. In the time it takes a driver traveling at highway speeds to read or reply to a text, they will have traveled the length of a football field one-handed while not watching the roadway or thinking about driving.

Arizona is one of many states that passed hands-free driving laws prohibiting drivers from using handheld devices while driving.

#4. Blind Spots

Every vehicle has a blind spot, which is an area—generally around the rear sides of a passenger car—that the driver cannot see through their rear- or side-view mirrors. Instead, they must look over their shoulder to ensure that area is clear before merging onto the roadway or changing lanes.

Failing to check the blind spot is a common cause of accidents involving commercial trucks, which have significant blind spots on all sides of the vehicle. Because of their smaller frame, motorcycles can often slip into the blind spot of a car or truck unnoticed, leaving riders at risk of becoming injured or killed if the driver attempts to change lanes.

#5. Inattentional Blindness

“I didn’t even see them.”

It’s one of the most common statements made at an accident scene where a car collided with a motorcycle. While distraction, fatigue, and even alcohol impairment can cause a driver to be unaware of a motorcyclist in proximity to them, as can failing to check the vehicle’s blind spots before changing lanes, there is another reason why this statement can be true: Inattentional blindness.

Inattentional blindness is not a medical condition but rather the way the brain processes chaotic situations such as intersections along Southern Avenue. The brain focuses on the largest hazards in the area—such as a commercial truck or that Dodge Ram threading traffic and running red lights—while failing to notice smaller objects such as motorcycles, bicycles, or pedestrians.

While inattentional blindness is common, it remains the responsibility of a vehicle’s driver to wait for a safe gap in traffic before entering an intersection.

#6. Dooring

Dooring occurs when an occupant of a motor vehicle opens the door into the path of an approaching motorcyclist. The rider then must choose between colliding with the door or swerving into an adjacent travel lane at the risk of having an accident with another vehicle in that lane.


Seeking Compensation After a Phoenix Motorcycle Accident

Motorcyclists who were injured by a negligent driver in Phoenix can seek compensation for the economic costs of the accident and injury, such as medical expenses, wage loss, property damage, and the non-economic impacts such as pain and suffering or emotional distress. The personal injury claims process initially involves filing a claim against the at-fault driver’s auto liability insurance policy.

Upon receiving the claim, the insurance provider will assign a claims adjuster to evaluate the accident and determine how much compensation to pay the claimant. The adjuster’s options for responding to the claim include accepting it, denying it, or offering an out-of-court settlement for less than the stated value of the claim.

If the insurance provider fails to compensate the claim, you can file a lawsuit to recover compensation.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have to file a motorcycle accident claim in Phoenix?

In most cases, motorcycle accident injury claimants have two years to file their claim as a lawsuit in court. While most personal injury claims settle out of court, if you file your claim too late you cannot seek compensation for your injuries.

Without the threat of legal action, most insurance companies will not entertain settlement discussions either because there is no longer a legal recourse if they fail to compensate the claim.

What if I can’t afford a motorcycle accident lawyer to help me with my claim?

Luckily, the billing method that most personal injury attorneys use is in place to ensure anyone who needs legal assistance with their claim has access to it. The contingent fee billing method allows you to withhold payment for your legal team’s services unless you recover compensation.

Instead, you pay a percentage of your award after your case resolves. During your free case evaluation, be sure to ask us about the contingent fee so we can explain it in greater detail for you.

Can I still seek compensation if I wasn’t wearing a helmet when the accident occurred?

In Arizona, only riders under 18 must wear a helmet when riding, and choosing not to wear a helmet does not diminish other drivers’ duty of care to you. In any case, if someone else’s negligence injured you, you may seek compensation for your monetary and psychological costs.


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Jason Hutzler & Omer Gurion, Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? We Can Help

From start to finish, the legal team at Hutzler Law, PLLC treats each case as if it is going to trial, carefully investigating the case details to identify all liable parties and all available insurance policies that can provide compensation.

We will fight for you to receive the highest compensation, whether through a settlement negotiation or in the courtroom. We understand the type of judgments many motorcyclists encounter when seeking help after being injured due to someone else’s negligence, and we want you to know that we will fight alongside you for the justice you deserve.

We are here to assist injured motorcycle riders, their passengers, and even loved ones of motorcyclists who died due to injuries sustained in an accident through the wrongful death claims process. Let our Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyer help you understand the claims process and learn more about the services we can provide to assist you with your claim.

Contact us at (602) 730-4530 for your free case evaluation.

Hutzler Law, PLLC – Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

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