On March 3 just before 7 p.m., a Chevy Cobalt drive through a Phoenix intersection on a green light and turned left in front of a motorcycle. The motorcycle collided with the vehicle and the impact sent the motorcycle operator and their passenger off the bike and into the roadway.
The operator of the motorcycle, 58-year-old William Curran, was killed in the crash. His passenger, a 59-year-old female, is still in critical condition in the hospital at the time of this writing. The driver of the vehicle faces charged of manslaughter and aggravated assault. Police found open containers in his vehicle. His blood alcohol level was .20% and he tested positive for cocaine.
At Lorona Mead, we know that the roadways are unpredictable. When you need a Phoenix motorcycle accident attorney, you can count on us to be by your side, fighting to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
The Reality Of Motorcycles
We know that there are plenty of motorcycle enthusiasts in and around Phoenix. However, there are more risks when it comes to riding a motorcycle than driving a passenger vehicle. Even with helmets, operators and their passengers sustain critical injuries more often in crashes. There is no way for the human body to absorb the impact of a vehicle slamming into it and then a secondary impact with the ground without some kind of damage.
For the latest reporting year in Arizona, there were:
- 2,907 motorcycle crashes
- 156 motorcycle crash fatalities
- 2,274 motorcycle crash injuries
Nearly every motorcycle crash resulted in some kind of injury or fatality.
What Are The Dangers
The most dangerous part of riding a motorcycle is the negligent driving behavior of those around the cyclist. Many times, we see that passenger vehicle drivers do not give motorcyclist respect on the roadway. This is often evidenced by them following a bike too closely or changing lanes improperly near a motorcyclist. When a passenger vehicle driver is operating while distracted or under the influence of alcohol, they are much more likely to kills a motorcyclist as a result of their actions.
Motorcyclists also face more danger to roadways that are not well-maintained by government agencies and those responsible for their upkeep. Potholes and poorly designed roadways are dangerous for everyone, but they can cause a motorcyclist to lose control.
How We Can Help
At Lorona Mead, we understand the difficulties you and your loved ones face after a car crash with injuries. If another person’s negligence has caused you harm, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. When you need a Phoenix motorcycle accident attorney, our qualified and experienced team will work to secure compensation for all of your crash-related expenses. This can include:
- Money for your medical bills
- Recovery of lost income and benefits if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages