Arizona Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Arizona Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you were recently injured in a motorcycle accident, Esquire Law will help you determine the next steps and seek compensation for your losses. As a trusted Arizona motorcycle accident lawyer, we don’t take shortcuts. We put in the hard work required to get the results you want. That’s how you know we’re the right firm for the job. Take a look below to see why Esquire Law is the trusted motorcycle crash lawyer among Arizona residents.

Why Choose Esquire Law as Your Arizona Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

We’re Experts at What We Do

Our personal injury lawyers specialize in motorcycle accident cases, meaning they know a thing or two about how to handle them the right way. As Arizona motorcycle accident legal experts, we understand the challenges of motorcycle accident claims and know how to overcome them. We also know Arizona’s motorcycle laws like the back of our hand. You can rest easy knowing we’re the law firm equipped with the knowledge and resources needed to win your case.

We’re Committed to Justice

At Esquire Law, we’re dedicated to fighting for your rights as your Arizona motorcycle accident lawyer. You shouldn’t be responsible for expenses that resulted from an accident someone else caused. That’s why we hold the at-fault party accountable for their actions.

We’re not afraid to cut through red tape or stand up against powerful insurance companies to get the justice and compensation you deserve. While insurance companies try to cheat you out of your rightful compensation, we have your best interest at heart. We’ll make sure you don’t settle for less than what you deserve.

We Have a Track Record of Success

We don’t just handle cases. We win them. As a leading Arizona motorcycle accident lawyer, our results speak for themselves. Here are just a few of our successful case outcomes. We won:

  • $475,000 for a client who was rear-ended while driving on the highway
  • $350,000 for a client who was rear-ended while on the way to work
  • $325,000 for a client who was rear-ended while stopped in traffic

With a track record like that, you can count on us to win your case, too.

Our Clients Recommend Us

See what some of our former clients have to say about working with Esquire Law.

“Hands down the best law firm I have ever encountered. Kyle is amazing! He is a pit bull, he doesn’t back down. They were in constant contact to keep me updated and all around honestly cared about me personally. I wasn’t just a number or another client. Thank you to Kyle and the team at Esquire Law. You gave me my life back!!”

-Blake Byers

“It was truly a blessing being represented by Esquire Law. Words can’t explain how efficient these guys were when it came to client care. My case wasn’t only handled with care but felt like I was truly part of this family. From day 1 Melissa kept constant contact with me, making sure I was ok physically, and was there any time I had any questions or concerns. Everyone within Esquire Law made sure the process went smoothly. I’d definitely recommend everyone and anyone who has a case that needs attention from professionals that truly love what they do to contact Esquire Law.”

-Danny Joseph

“I brought my case over from a different attorney’s office who tried to settle it for no money with no treatment because of my work schedule. Andrew and Estevan were able to schedule me for Saturday appointments with a provider and even complete my MRIs. I highly recommend this law firm to anyone trying to get some real help in regard to medical treatment and compensation. There were moments when their boss stepped in to help, and I appreciate her being a straight shooter. Thank you, Melissa. You guys earned my business, and I will definitely send people your way.”

-Gilberto Ibanez

The Risks Motorcyclists Face in Arizona

Arizona is a popular state among motorcycle enthusiasts. In fact, it ranks 11th among states with the highest number of registered motorcycles. The open roads, warm weather, and scenic views are ideal for year-round riding. Unfortunately, the higher number of motorcycles on the road results in a higher risk of motorcycle accidents.

Motorcyclists face unique challenges on the road. Motorcycles lack many of the modern safety features that motor vehicles have, like seat belts and airbags. As a result, motorcyclists are more vulnerable to severe injuries when accidents occur. Another challenge is that other motorists aren’t always mindful of nearby motorcyclists and can put them at risk without realizing it. Here are some statistics to help you understand the risks Arizona motorcyclists face.

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle operators and passengers are 29 times more likely to die in a collision than drivers and occupants of other motor vehicles.
  • In 2020, a total of 2,317 motorcycle crashes were reported, resulting in 1,921 injuries and 160 fatalities. A minimum of 73 operators or passengers weren’t wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
  • Arizona saw a 36.5% increase in fatalities from 2021 to 2022, with 167 fatalities reported in 2021 and  228 fatalities reported in 2022. 42% of the fatalities included operators and passengers who did not wear helmets.
  • 36% of motorcyclists who were involved in a fatal accident in 2021 did not have a valid motorcycle license.
  • 43% of motorcyclists who died in single-vehicle crashes in 2021 were alcohol-impaired.

Knowing what causes motorcycle accidents can help you reduce your risks while on the road. These are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents.

  • Distracted driving
  • Aggressive driving (tailgating, speeding, weaving in and out of lanes)
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failing to yield or signal
  • Limited visibility
  • Disobeying traffic signs

Common Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents

Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents can have long-term effects on victims and their loved ones—whether they be physical, mental, emotional, financial, or a combination of these. Injuries can range from mild to severe, and some can even be fatal. These are some of the most common injuries caused by motorcycle accidents.

  • Road rash
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Burn injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries

While financial compensation doesn’t right the wrong that was done, it does ease the financial burden associated with the aftermath of a motorcycle accident. Compensation can cover both economic and non-economic damages.

  • Economic Damages: Economic damages are objective, calculable losses. Some examples include medical bills, lost wages, loss of future earnings, and property damage.
  • Non-Economic Damages: Non-economic damages are subjective, incalculable losses. Some examples are pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional trauma, and scarring and disfigurement.

Understanding Arizona’s Motorcycle Laws

Motorcycle License Requirement

In addition to a standard driver’s license, motorcyclists in Arizona must also obtain a valid motorcycle license, showing they know the rules of the road and how to safely operate a motorcycle. You must be 16 years of age or older to apply for and obtain a motorcycle license. Learn more about Arizona’s license requirements for motorcyclists.

Helmet Laws

Motorcyclists under the age of 18 must wear a helmet while operating the motorcycle. Motorcyclists aged 18 and older are not required to wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle, although it’s still highly recommended for safety purposes. If a motorcyclist who is younger than 18 years old gets in an accident while not wearing a helmet, they can still seek compensation.

That’s because Arizona is a pure comparative negligence state. If the motorcyclist—or plaintiff—wasn’t wearing a helmet, their compensation would simply be reduced based on their percentage of fault. For example, if a plaintiff is assigned 20% of the fault by failing to wear a helmet, and the total damages awarded amount to $100,000, the plaintiff will receive $80,000. Under pure comparative negligence, the plaintiff can still seek compensation even if they’re up to 99% at fault for the accident.

Protective Gear Recommendations

While not required, we recommend that motorcyclists wear additional protective gear, like gloves, long pants, and boots. Motorcyclists are required to wear protective eyewear, like goggles, glasses, or a face shield. A protective windshield on the motorcycle is an acceptable substitute.

Equipment Laws

Just like cars and trucks, motorcycles must be equipped with certain safety features to be considered street-legal. These safety features include:

  • A seat for the driver and any passengers
  • Footrests
  • At least one rearview mirror
  • Turn signals (or, if absent, the use of hand signaling)
  • Taillights
  • Front and rear brakes
  • A horn
  • Two mirrors

Lane Splitting Regulations

Lane splitting is when a motorcyclist drives between two vehicles in adjacent lanes. Under Arizona’s current lane-splitting requirements, motorcyclists can only split lanes when nearby vehicles are stopped and the motorcyclist does not exceed 15 mph. Lane splitting is only allowed on roads with a speed limit of 45 mph or less.

Minimum Liability Insurance

Arizona motorcyclists must have an insurance policy with minimum liability coverage. This coverage prevents motorcyclists from being held financially responsible for any damages that result from an accident. It also protects the at-fault party from having to cover costs out-of-pocket. Instead, the insurance company of either or both parties foots the bill—up to the policy limit

Here’s a breakdown of the minimum liability coverage allowances in Arizona.

  • $15,000 for bodily injury per person
  • $30,000 for bodily injury per accident
  • $10,000 for property damage per accident

How Esquire Law Can Help

We know how difficult the aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be. These accidents impact you physically, financially, mentally, and emotionally. You’re not a fact or a figure to us. You’re a person with complex needs. We’ll be there to provide support however you need it every step of the way. After all, we’re not just a group of lawyers. We’re a team of trusted legal advocates ready to help get your life back on track as your Arizona motorcycle accident lawyer. Here’s a breakdown of the services our lawyers provide to every client.

Conduct an Initial Case Evaluation

The first thing we do is evaluate your case—free of charge. During this process, we’ll also explain your legal rights and provide expert legal advice. With no upfront fees, you can get the justice you deserve without worrying about how to pay for our services.

Determine Fault and Assess Damages

The next step is to determine who caused the accident and calculate your economic and non-economic losses. Our attorneys will achieve this by investigating the accident, gathering and evaluating evidence—including but not limited to photos and videos of the crash scene, medical bills and scans, and a police or accident report—and interviewing witnesses.

Establishing negligence in a motorcycle accident case involves four elements.

  • Duty: The motorist owed the motorcyclist a duty of care.
  • Breach: The motorist breached their duty of care to the motorcyclist
  • Causation: The motorist’s breach of duty caused the motorcyclist’s injuries
  • Damages: The motorcyclist suffered a form of identifiable harm—whether physical, mental, or emotional—as a result of their injuries

Secure Maximum Financial Compensation

Compensation can’t cure your pain, alleviate your emotional trauma, or make up for lost time. It can, however, ease the financial burden of paying for accident-related expenses and safeguard your financial future.

Before pursuing litigation, we’ll try to reach a fair settlement with the defendant. The settlement process involves negotiations between two or more parties, which involves the insurance provider of one or both parties. Our team will handle all negotiations.

File a Lawsuit

If a settlement can’t be reached, we’ll help you file a lawsuit, which is a civil action filed with a court of law. Our team will prepare legal documents like a complaint and a summons. A complaint summarizes the case and justifies reasons for filing a lawsuit. A summons lets the defendant know they’re being sued and tells them how to respond.

Represent You in Court

If you choose to file a lawsuit, one of our skilled attorneys will represent you in court until justice is achieved and compensation is secured.

Contact Our Arizona Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today

If another driver’s negligence or recklessness caused the accident that resulted in your injuries, it’s time to claim the compensation you’re entitled to. Contact an Arizona motorcycle accident lawyer to schedule a free case evaluation and discuss the details of your case. Don’t wait. Take the first step today.