Motorcycle Officer Seriously Injured In Crash
Motorcycles can be amazingly fun, especially when you learn to properly ride and be safe when you hit the streets. Phoenix offers some great riding areas and views. Unfortunately, you cannot always control the actions of other drivers around you and sometimes accidents happen.
That is what a Phoenix Police motorcycle officer found out the other day when they were struck by a car turning left in front of them. While we do not know all of the details of this crash yet, we know that the officer sustained serious injuries and is recovering in the hospital.
This story shows us that even the most highly trained riders can get hurt due to other drivers’ actions. Do you know where to turn if you are injured when riding a motorcycle?
If you need a Phoenix motorcycle accident attorney, Lorona Mead is ready to help.
The Reality Of Riding
As someone who rides motorcycles, you already know that there are dangers inherent with riding. Motorcyclists have much less protection than passengers in regular vehicles do. This means that when they are struck, there is almost always some kind of injury. While wearing a helmet does help reduce motorcycle fatalities, it only protects the head.
It is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries as a result of motorcycle accidents:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
Each of these injuries, and even less serious injuries, can lead to very high medical bills. If long-term rehabilitation is necessary, these costs can rise tremendously. Often, people who sustain injuries in motorcycle accidents cannot return to work due to a disability.
Will your insurance cover all of these expenses, including lost income? Can your family afford not to have your income?
For the latest reporting year in Arizona, there were nearly 3,000 motorcycle accidents. Out of those, 161 people were killed and 2,413 were injured.
Why They Happen
Often, motorcycle accidents are the result of the careless or reckless behavior of another driver. In this state, we know that we still face major problems with drinking and driving. Drunk drivers are a danger to everyone in and around the roadways.
Distracted driving is on the rise, as many people have access to all kinds of internet-connected devices in their vehicles: phones, tablets, watches, glasses, etc.
We also need to note that drivers who speed are still the number one cause of injuries and fatalities on the roadways.
Your Next Steps
When you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else’s negligent behavior, you need to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Lorona Mead, we will work to secure the evidence and documentation you need so you can get a fair settlement for your accident-related expenses. That includes coverage of your medical expenses, lost income, as well as other pain and suffering damages.