Tucson Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
For motorcycle enthusiasts, there are few things in life that can match the joy that comes from an open road and the rumble of a motorized bike. You can spend hours, even days and weeks, wandering through the countryside. Motorcycles also allow you to save money on gasoline when commuting to work or heading out for a joy ride. Unfortunately, that joy is sometimes killed in an instant when a motorcycle accident occurs.
When a trip on your motorcycle turns into a disaster, you can trust the well-seasoned Tucson motorcycle accident lawyers at Lamber-Goodnow. Our team can help the person directly involved in the accident recover damages, but we also recognize that loved ones are in need of support and healing as well. This can turn into one of the most confusing hardships of a lifetime, but it’s manageable when you’re backed by a superior legal team ready to fight on your behalf.
Experience that Counts
You’re not looking for just any experienced lawyer. You deserve a legal team with firsthand experience related directly to motorcycle accidents. Our Tucson team and the attorneys at our co-counsel firms have seen the devastation that comes from this type of accident, and we’re ready to fight for the financial compensation that you deserve. There are four ways that this can happen:
- Trial verdict
How it all happens for you will depend on the specifics of your case. We take the time to listen to the details so that we can present the most effective defense on your behalf.
Why Do I Need an Attorney After a Motorcycle Accident?
After your motorcycle accident is reported to all involved insurance companies, you can expect representatives of those companies to contact you. These representatives are often investigators or adjustors interested in sorting out the details of the accident to determine who is at fault and how much bodily and property damage is involved.
The insurance adjustors may not have your best interests in mind. They are skilled when it comes to wording questions that may lead you to unknowingly admit liability, even if you weren’t at fault. They may also try to strike a deal that doesn’t fully cover your damages because they want to minimize financial impact for the insurance company.
The insurance companies are protecting their own interests, but who is protecting yours? This is precisely why you need the Lamber-Goodnow motorcycle accident law team fighting on your behalf. You need to fully cooperate with law enforcement at the scene of the accident, but you shouldn’t answer questions or make statements to any representative of an insurance company before contacting our team.
Motorcycle Accident Frequently Asked Questions
Are there time limitations for filing a motorcycle accident lawsuit in Arizona?
According to Title 12 of the Arizona Revised Statues (ARS 12-542), you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. There are many factors that may lengthen or shorten this basic statute of limitation, including the age of the victim at the time of the accident. Consulting with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible is the best way to ensure that you take action in a timely manner.
Is insurance required for motorcycle riders in Arizona?
Arizona motorcyclists are legally required to carry liability insurance with the following minimum coverage limits:
- $15,000 bodily-injury liability for a single rider
- $30,000 bodily-injury liability for multiple riders
- $10,000 property-damage liability
If you don’t maintain at least that amount of coverage, the state can suspend your registration and license plate.
Should I answer questions about the accident posed by my insurance company? What about the other driver’s insurance company?
It is important to answer questions presented by your insurance company so that they can properly process your claim, but you should talk to one of our lawyers before doing so. Our experience will work to your advantage as you learn what to expect and how to answer questions that may seem a bit tricky.
You should never give statements or answer questions posed by the other driver’s insurance company. The adjusters are trained to obtain statements and answers that serve the insurance company, and their job is to minimize the required payout for the insurance company.
When contacted by any representative of an insurance company other than your own, take the name and contact information without making any further statement or answering any questions. End the call promptly, and give the contact information to your lawyer. Allow your legal team to handle those communications on your behalf.
My injuries are minor. Should I still go to the emergency room?
Always go to the emergency room or see your doctor immediately after a motorcycle accident. Even if you think that your injuries are limited to scrapes and bruises that you can take pictures of at home, it’s important to check for internal injuries that may not present themselves until a later date. For instance, internal bleeding may not present noticeable symptoms until it becomes life threatening.
The emergency room is also the best place to document your injuries, regardless of how minor they may seem. This is the documentation that you will need to present your case in court when filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Am I entitled to lost wages resulting from my motorcycle accident injuries?
Arizona law allows you to file a claim for lost wages and/or loss of working capacity. If you have to take time off work while recovering from bodily injuries but expect to continue working unhindered after those injuries have healed, then you will more than likely file for wages lost during the recovery phase. Loss of working capacity comes into play with more substantial injuries that can limit your capacity to work over a long period of time or permanently.
If I was hit by a car making a left-hand turn, are they at fault?
Assuming that you were going straight and were hit by a car crossing your lane to make a left turn, the turning driver is most likely at fault. This is due to basic traffic rules that give a vehicle traveling straight through an intersection the right of way, but there are exceptions. For instance, if the other driver was turning with a green arrow and you were running a red light, then fault would fall on you.
Am I legally required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle in Tucson?
Arizona motorcycle helmet laws only require riders under the age of 18 to wear a helmet. Riders of all ages are required to wear protective goggles or a transparent face mask if the motorcycle isn’t equipped with a protective windshield.
I was injured during a motorcycle accident in Arizona. What type of damages may I recover?
The damages that you’re entitled to claim will depend on the circumstances surrounding your accident. In general, you may file a lawsuit or negotiate a settlement the covers some or all of the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Diminished earnings capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
There are many types of damages that fall into each of these categories. For instance, you may receive additional compensation for permanent impairment or to cover the cost of a wheelchair and other expensive medical equipment needed during recovery.
How much does it cost to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer?
Every law office has their own policy regarding payments, but Lamber Goodnow lawyers work with a contingency-fee system. This means that most fees are paid only after you receive a settlement for your case. You may still need to cover some administrative charges, including court filing fees. We always provide a free consultation and will look over the details surrounding your case free of charge.
What happens if the driver at fault in my accident doesn’t have insurance or is underinsured?
If you believe that the driver at fault doesn’t have insurance or the failed to provide you with their insurance information, submit the Insurance Information Request form along with a copy of the police report to the Arizona Department of Transportation. This will give you the insurance information on file for the driver, and the lack of information will verify that they don’t have insurance.
You can then proceed with a personal lawsuit against the driver, securing a judgement against them for your damages. The Department of Transportation may suspend their driving privileges until they pay the judgement.
What to Expect from Lamber Goodnow
Once our law team officially begins work on your case, we will conduct a detailed investigation into the accident. This starts with analyzing the police report and looking over interviews with witnesses and other documentation available. We may then enlist the help of reconstructionists, medical experts and other professionals able to help us better understand the accident. This investigative phase is critical to mounting the most effective case against the at-fault driver or their insurance company.
Our goal is to maximize the compensation that you can legally receive for damages suffered as a result of your accident. This can include a variety of damages from your medical bills and therapeutic expenses to pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and psychological distress. It’s our job to determine what types of damages you may claim and what you are owed, even when it’s not easy to put a price tag on the damage.
We will represent you in all court proceedings while giving you information that will make those proceedings easier to handle emotionally. It’s our job to walk you through the process, ensuring that no steps are missed along the way.
Why Choose Lamber Goodnow?
There are certainly other motorcycle accident lawyers in the Tucson area, but many accident victims choose Lamber Goodnow for three reasons:
- Innovative Strategies: We use the most creative and technologically advanced resources when investigating an accident and putting together lawsuits and defenses. We will do what it takes to get the facts and present your case in the most effective manner.
- Undeniable Track Record: Our level of success is impressive, and our goal is always to win on behalf of our clients. Lamber Goodnow is your ticket to experienced Tucson motorcycle accident lawyers accustomed to winning.
- The No-Fee Promise: We don’t ask for compensation for our time until you receive a settlement or verdict in your favor. This is your guarantee that we will do our best for your case.
If you or someone you love has suffered a motorcycle accident in the Tucson area, contact Lamber Goodnow for your free consultation today.