In need of a Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyer? If you or a loved one has been hurt in a Phoenix motorcycle crash, now is the time to take action. With over 25 years of experience, our team has extensive knowledge of Phoenix motorcycle law. Our satisfied clients attest to the fact that we work tirelessly to get them the compensation they deserve to move forward after their crash.
Sometimes the injuries that you experience in a motorcycle crash are not immediately apparent. You may feel alright after the accident, only to discover in the weeks or even months that follow that you are troubled by back pain, knee pain, or even lapses in memory stemming from a head injury. Fortunately, Arizona law allows you to file a claim up to two years after the date of the accident. Even if you were partially at fault, we can help you recover significant compensation.
Have you suffered injuries from a Phoenix motorcycle crash? Reach out to the Law Firm of Kass & Moses at 1-800-MOTORCYCLE now for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. When you contact us, you will speak with an experienced attorney, one who has represented hundreds of injured bikers. You can be sure that you are speaking with someone who has great knowledge of Phoenix motorcycle laws and can use the law to your advantage to help you gain compensation for your injuries.
Phoenix Motorcycle Crash Attorneys Who Get Results
Motorcyclists are fully exposed and vulnerable to severe injuries, even in minor crashes. A momentary lapse of judgment on the part of a motorist can leave you in a world of hurt. Your life can change completely in an instant – from happy-go-lucky biker to hospitalized individual facing chronic pain and disability. No one ever expects that today will be the day they are involved in a motorcycle crash. But for hundreds of bikers each day, a crash can result in pain, suffering, and even ongoing disability.
In the aftermath of a crash, you will face mounting medical bills, repair costs, lost wages, and more. If you have been seriously hurt, the devastation is more than financial – it affects your family and your entire wellbeing. At Kass & Moses, we want you to be able to focus on your recovery and return to health. Rest assured when you entrust your legal concerns to us, we will fight tirelessly to help get you the compensation you deserve.
Our lawyers are experts in Phoenix traffic law and understand specifically how it applies to motorcyclists. We have a long-standing track record of defending the rights of injured bikers. We do all we can to gain justice and restore them to their former selves. We aren’t afraid to take on the insurance companies.
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Various Types of Compensation
When considering your case, we must focus on several different types of compensation. First, there is the compensation that covers damages to your motorcycle. In many cases, you will receive an amount that is sufficient to replace your bike. But anyone who has been involved in a serious motorcycle crash understands that compensation for the loss of a motorcycle is the tip of the iceberg.
We will likely seek compensation for your injuries. There are several factors to be considered when computing likely compensation for physical injuries. First, your medical bills will be calculated and considered. Medical bills from injuries stemming from motorcycle crashes often reach into the tens of thousands of dollars and beyond. Even if you have health insurance and good medical coverage, you may still be entitled to compensation for some or all of these charges.
When factoring your medical bills, we may also consider future medical care that you may require. For example, if you have suffered muscle tears or fractures, or have an amputation, you may require ongoing physical or occupational therapy. These therapies are expensive, however can be required in order to heal and return to normal (or as close to normal as you can get, based upon the extent of your injuries).
No amount of money is enough for being forced to endure agonizing pain, but fair and just compensation for your pain and suffering is important. It can be difficult to calculate just what amount is fair, especially if your injuries were severe. As in the case of medical bills, sometimes pain and suffering continues long after your Phoenix motorcycle crash. We try to account not just for the pain you experienced during the acute period after your motorcycle accident but also long-term, ongoing pain that you may have experienced.
Another important part of compensation is time away from work. Many injured bikers will require some time away from work. This can be due to hospitalizations or surgeries, recovery time, or even time to attend doctor’s appointments and therapies. Time is valuable, and the time you spend away from work can result in decreased paychecks or loss of vacation time. At the Law Firm of Kass & Moses, we recognize that time away from work is worthy of fair compensation.
For some injured bikers, a return to work may not be possible. Or, perhaps, they may return to work in a different capacity, earning less money than before due to injuries that restrict them from full duty. Any disabilities, both now and in the future, should be considered as part of the compensation package. This is especially true if the injuries affect your ability to perform your job. Some injuries may even restrict your ability to perform basic activities of daily living. You may require extra care from a spouse or family member. Again, we believe you deserve compensation for the care required.
All of these factors and more are considered when we seek compensation from the insurance company. Remember, insurers make money by paying you out as little money as possible. That’s right: even though you have religiously paid your premiums for years, the insurance company profits by limiting your compensation to as small an amount as they can get you to agree to accept. This means that initial offers of compensation from the insurance company are notoriously low.
In fact, many insurance companies will continue to present you with very low offers, unless and until you get a Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyer involved. That is why it is so important to contact the Law Firm of Kass & Moses as soon as possible after your crash. Remember that there is a statute of limitations involved when it comes to seeking compensation, so it pays to contact us as soon as possible.
After a crash, you may want to reach out to the best motorcycle accident lawyers in Phoenix. Many law firms will claim that they can achieve maximum settlements, but we have over 25 years of experience to back up our claims. We specialize in representing injured bikers because we ride, too. We feel it is our responsibility to serve the motorcycle community as a whole and give back to those we share the road with on a daily basis.
Head Injuries from Your Motorcycle Accident Phoenix, AZ
Whether you have been involved in a Phoenix motorcycle crash or elsewhere, you may face a head injuries. Head injuries in motorcycle crashes can be disastrous or even deadly. Even minor head injuries should be taken seriously. Even if you were wearing a motorcycle helmet, you still may have received head injuries due to the force of the crash. Consider that football players commonly receive concussions during impact, and that is not at high speed. Motorcycle crashes very frequently involved some degree of head injury.
Some head injuries are relatively mild. Mild concussions usually do not result in a lapse of consciousness. Instead, you may experience a headache, some dizziness, nausea or vomiting. You may have some blurred vision and trouble balancing or walking. You may feel a little confused and not remember what happened, especially around the time of your crash. If you exhibit any of these symptoms, no matter how mild, you should be checked for a concussion by a trained medical professional.
Moderate concussions result in more significant symptoms, including a short loss consciousness. Moderate concussions should be taken extremely seriously. If you have experienced any lapse on consciousness, no matter how brief, you should be treated by emergency medical professionals immediately. Do not take a wait and see approach to head injuries. It simply is not worth the danger involved.
More significant symptoms accompanying moderate concussions involve irritability and the inability to control moods, the inability to focus, even for short periods of time, and ongoing headaches, fatigue, and disturbances in balance and coordination.
Concussions associated with a loss of consciousness of five minutes or more are considered severe. These concussions may involve permanent brain damage. Even if you manage to escape brain damage, you will likely need weeks to recover from a grade 3 or severe concussion. They can result in speech difficulties and an extended period of amnesia. In some cases, these serious brain injuries can result in permanent disability and the need for long-term care.
Any head injury, no matter how mild, warrants immediate medical attention. Even mild concussions are associated with an elevated risk for suicide and emotional disturbances. The brain is an incredibly sensitive organ and does not handle impact well. It is important to take time to rest and recover, even following a mild concussion. This can mean a period of days or even weeks away from work, laying quietly in a darkened room with minimal stimulation.
If your doctor prescribes a period of total rest, take him or her seriously. Concussions that are not treated properly can delay recovery time and can take a toll on your brain. It is important to get the rest require to heal fully, as instructed by your physician. Contact a Phoenix motorcycle accident attorney at the Law Firm of Kass & Moses today to learn how you can receive compensation for your injuries.
In Arizona, you must wear a motorcycle helmet if you are under 18 years of age. It is, therefore, legal for those who are 18 and older to ride without a helmet. Even though it is legal, riding without a helmet raises your risk of head injury and even death from a motorcycle crash significantly. Although the choice is ultimately your own, it is important to make an informed decision. Remember that riding without a helmet increases your risk of severe injuries in the event you are involved in a crash.
Even though you may be an incredibly safe biker, many on the road are not so conscientious. Drivers still routinely text on their cell phones or face other distractions. Motorcycles have a smaller presence on the road and can be easily overlooked. So many motorcycle crashes occur each year in Phoenix and elsewhere in Arizona. Many of those crashes were caused by inattentive drivers or the errors of others. Do not assume you will not be involved in a motorcycle crash simply because you ride safely.
Remember that helmets are only part of your safety gear. In Arizona, bikers must wear protective glasses or goggles or use a faceshield unless the motorcycle has a windshield. In addition, protective gear can provide additional protection in the event of a crash. Severe road rash is far too common and can often by avoided by wearing thick clothing, including leather, and other protective gear.
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What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident in Phoenix
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Phoenix or elsewhere, there are several important steps you can take at the scene and in the days following the crash. Following these steps can help protect you and your rights when you go to seek compensation for your injuries. Even if you were not injured or do not initially appear injured, it is important to follow these steps to protect your rights in the future.
Remember that often, the injuries that occur in motorcycle accidents do not seem severe. This can be the result of shock or simply the adrenaline produced by your body during the crash. If you have been involved in a crash, it’s important to get checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible. Optimally, seek medical attention right away. Even if you choose not to go to see a doctor right away, if you do develop pain or some level of disability in the future and you feel it may be related to your crash, get it checked out.
At the scene of the accident, there are some important steps you must take. First, contact emergency personnel. Have a police officer dispatched to the scene of your crash and, if you have any injuries at all, have emergency medical personnel dispatched as well. When the police show up, explain what happened but do not admit guilt. Some people accept blame even if the crash was only partially their fault. It is best to simply state the facts and let blame be determined at a later time. Remember that your memory and understanding of what happened leading up to and during the crash may be skewed if you had any degree of head injuries.
If you are feeling up to it, collect the names and contact information of any witnesses. Their accounts of what they witnessed may be important at a later date. As attorneys, we frequently call upon these witnesses to get a better understanding of exactly what occurred. Often, their memory serves to clarify confusion surrounding the crash. One easy way to do this is to have them enter their contact information into your phone. This preserves a better record of it than just writing it down on a piece of paper that may get lost in the chaos as you deal with your crash and receive medical treatment.
Take photos of the crash scene. Again, only do so if you are able to safely and without exacerbating any injuries. The crash scene tells the tale of the accident. Sometimes police reports are incorrect and pictures tell a different story. The pictures can also demonstrate the severity of the crash. Photograph any injuries you have, as well, as these pictures can keep a record of the pain and suffering you experienced due to the crash.
Keep all records surrounding the crash. You will be given a copy of the police report. If you go to the hospital or other medical personnel, you may be given a transcript of your medical status and injuries. Hold on to all papers and records that you receive as we may need these to help support your claims for compensation. In addition, hang on to all bills for any treatment related to the crash. It can be helpful to start a small notebook where you keep track of any medical care or procedures you undergo, the names of the providers, and the dates of treatment. This can help us reconstruct your care following the crash and better determine the extent of your injuries.
Follow all medical advice and keep all medical appointments. In order to demonstrate that your injuries are serious, you need to show that you are following your doctor’s advice and seeking care for your injuries. I know that as bikers sometimes we just want to let it go and treat our injuries at home. Now is not the time to be macho. In order to heal properly and support your future claims of injury, you need to show that you are following medical advice.
Do not post about your injuries on Facebook. As a Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyer, I cannot tell you the number of times I see people posting pictures of their crashes and injuries online. Then, when caring friends ask how they are feeling, they reply that they are fine, or doing okay. Remember, nothing on the internet is private. These statements, or any that you make on social media, can be misconstrued or used against you by the insurance company. If you have already posted something on social media, take it down.
When you do speak to the insurance company, do not accept their offer of compensation. Even if the offer seems fair, it is likely not even enough to cover your medical bills. Never accept any offer of compensation from your motorcycle crash without first speaking with a Phoenix motorcycle accident attorney.
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Phoenix Motorcycle Law
Motorcycle laws vary from state to state. At the Law Firm of Kass & Moses, we are experts in Phoenix motorcycle law. We can answer any questions you may have regarding the laws of the road in Arizona. Remember that even if you have violated the law in some form, you may still be entitled to compensation. Here are a few rules you should follow whenever you ride in Phoenix.
• Any biker younger than 18 years of age must wear a helmet while on a motorcycle.
• Lane splitting is illegal in Arizona. Bikers are forbidden from maneuvering between lanes of traffic.
• All motorcycles must have headlamps.
• Motorcycles with a passenger must have a seat for the passenger.
Phoenix Motorcycle Organizations:
Arizona Leathernecks Motorcycle Club
Mongols Motorcycle Club
Rollin Knights Motorcycle Club
If you have any questions for a Phoenix motorcycle accident attorney, contact the Law Firm of Kass & Moses at 1-800-MOTORCYCLE today. We are available to answer your questions relating to motorcycle law and any claims you may have for compensation related to your motorcycle accident in Phoenix or elsewhere in Arizona. Our attorneys take every phone call seriously, which is why when you call you will speak with an experienced lawyer who can answer your questions and help you determine the next steps you should take to receive fair and just compensation for injuries.
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