Avondale, Arizona Motorcycle Accidents
A growing community with just under 80,000 year-round residents, Avondale, Arizona is often the scene of traffic congestion, particularly during some of the community’s big-ticket sports events. With plenty of entertainment, recreation, dining and general leisure options for its residents, Avondale was voted a 2016 All-America City finalist. Not only is it a great place to live, but the community also provides its motorcycle riders plenty of access to Arizona’s beautiful climate and scenery as part of short trips, local rides, daily work commutes and for departing on longer trips across state deserts.
Like the rest of the Phoenix area, Avondale is growing quickly. This growth leads to inevitable congestion on the community’s roads where more cars, motorcycles and other vehicles join the local ranks of drivers each and every day. As home to many of Arizona’s almost 200,000 registered motorcyclists, the number of motorcycles in Avondale will only increase in coming years.
With crowds coming into town for sports events and the boom in regional population growth, there is always potential for a motorcycle accident to occur on Avondale streets, highways, intersections and even in parking lots.
Motorcyclists by nature of their vehicle are highly vulnerable injury or fatality. Negligent drivers of other vehicles are as much a problem for motorcyclists in Avondale as they are for riders anywhere else. Often, motorcycle riders cause their own accidents here, just as they do in other places.
Facts of Arizona Motorcycle Accidents
The year 2015 proved as dangerous for motorcycle riders on Arizona roads, as any other year before it. These types of wrecks will likely continue at their present level of occurrence in the state, possibly even becoming more frequent with population growth. Arizona has some of the best riding weather year round, so it is no surprise that the state ranks in the top ten in the nation for motorcycle accidents.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation’s annual Arizona Crash Facts Summary, facts of state motorcycle accidents in 2015 include:
- 2911 motorcycle accidents in Arizona
- 1827 of these 2911 accidents involved other vehicles
- 1,084 were one motorcycle-only wrecks
- 132 wrecks caused fatal injuries
- 2329 injury accidents
- 134 people were killed
- 2497 were injured
- 2704 collisions occurred in communities and urban areas like Avondale
- 737 accidents were rural
- 150 accidents involved a motorcyclist alcohol DUI
- 16 accidents involved a drugged motorcyclist
- 1 accident involved a medicated motorcyclist
- 1395 motorcyclists did not have any fault in their accident
- 71 motorcyclists in every 1000 with registered bikes in Arizona will be killed in a motorcycle accident
Facts of Maricopa County and Avondale Motorcycle Accidents
Avondale and the rest of Maricopa County experienced almost 2000 motorcycle crashes in 2015. Of these motorcyclists, 1619 were injured and 86 were killed.
Few area residents are aware of the economic impact of traffic accidents in the state, including motorcycle crashes. In 2015, accidents in Maricopa County and Avondale cost taxpayers and the local economy $1,067,621,046 for injuries, $630,776,160 for fatalities and $679,515,330 for property damage. The county’s accident economic impact total for 2015 was $2,377,912,536.
Wearing a Helmet Saves Lives in Arizona Motorcycle Accidents
Arizona only requires riders and motorcycle passengers under the age of 18 to wear a helmet. Anyone aged 18 or older can ride a motorcycle without a helmet, with the freedom of choice that state laws provide these adults. But before getting on your bike, you should consider the reality of not wearing a helmet, from 2015 crash data:
- 492 riders walked away without injury in all of Arizona’s motorcycle accidents. Only 85 of these were indicated to not have been wearing a helmet.
- 584 riders suffered incapacitating injuries. 300 of these were not wearing helmets or helmet wear could not be verified.
- 130 riders were fatally injured. Only 54 of these were confirmed helmet wearers at the time of their accident.
In Avondale, Motorcycle Accidents Can Occur on Any Day at Any Time
There is no set time during which motorcycle accidents occur In Avondale. They can happen at any time of day, on any day of the week, and during any month of the year. This is why it is so important that all drivers and motorcyclists remain aware, undistracted, sober and cautious while following traffic laws on Avondale roads. Of course, motorcyclists are just as prone to committing drowsy driving, DUI, distracted driving, speeding and other traffic violations or behaviors that can lead to their own demise and injury or death of others. Everyone on the roads in Avondale must remain distraction-free, alcohol-free and alert.
Noon to 6:00 p.m. is the most accident-prone timeframe during the week for driving a motorcycle or riding on one as a passenger in and around Avondale. These are the six hours when most workday motorcycle crashes occur. During workweeks, the deadliest time of day is in the beginning of afternoon rush hour, at 4:30 p.m. More deaths occur from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on working days, than at other times during the work week.
Weekends are a different story. Most weekend motorcycle deaths occur from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. There are more wrecks on weekends from noon to 6:00 p.m., but these are less deadly than morning accidents.
Saturday is by far the deadliest day in Avondale and elsewhere in Arizona, for motorcyclists. Safest days for riding are Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
In 2015 in Arizona, 41 fatalities happened on Saturdays in motorcycle accidents. All other days of the week only led to under 19 deaths each, with Tuesday being the least fatal riding day.
Saturdays are also the worst days for all motorcycle DUI accidents and DUI fatalities.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Avondale
Of the almost 3000 motorcycle accidents occurring in Avondale and across Arizona in 2015, investigators determined the following statistics to be true:
- 1395 accidents were not the motorcyclist’s fault
- 846 involved a speeding motorcyclist
- 61 were due to the rider’s failure to yield
- 99 involved riders following other vehicles too closely
- 11 riders ran a stop sign
- 51 riders disregarded a traffic signal
- 28 riders made an improper turn
- 25 riders drove in the wrong lane of traffic
- 7 riders operated their motorcycle with faulty parts or equipment
- 8 riders did not use required equipment
- 8 riders passed traffic in the no passing zone
- 42 riders made an unsafe lane change
- 63 riders veered into another lane of traffic
- 22 riders committed unsafe passing
- 16 motorcyclists were distracted driving
In Arizona’s fatal motorcycle crashes, most were caused by other drivers or a motorcyclist who was speeding. Of the state’s 137 deadly motorcycle wrecks in 2015, other drivers were to blame in 33 of the accidents. Motorcyclists were at fault in 44 wrecks, because of speeding.
There were 1827 motorcycle accidents involving multiple vehicles in Arizona, including Avondale, in 2015. These accidents include the motorcycle being impacted from one of several angles at which another vehicle can hit the bike. The four most common accident angles and number of wrecks for each include:
- 446 were during a vehicle’s left turn with 26 being fatal
- 622 were rear-end collisions with 18 being fatal
- 295 were at an angle at 19 were fatal
- 267 were a sideswipe with 6 being fatal
In 135 fatal motorcycle crashes in 2015, 28 operators did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the accident.
When You Have an Avondale Motorcycle Accident
Whether you are injured or not, being in a motorcycle accident will be one of the most traumatic experiences of your life. These accident scenes can be particularly harrowing, just as the crash is, itself. Motorcycle accident victims can experience horrific injuries that can be difficult to witness and even more difficult to experience.
But if you have not suffered serious injury in your accident and can still move around the scene, there are some things you can do to help your accident injury claim. If you cannot do these things, you can call upon someone you trust to handle them for you.
Suggested actions on the scene of your accident, after first aid has been administered to anyone who needs it, include:
- Write down the accident’s time and date
- Make notes about weather conditions from the time of the accident
- Record any of your observations of the scene
- Take photos of the scene and damaged vehicles
- Obtain contact info for witnesses
- Maintain insurance declarations
- Make notes regarding your thoughts on how the accident occurred
- Keep accident records in one place
- Obtain a copy of the police report
- Do NOT sign anything or allow the insurance company to record you until you have spoken with a motorcycle accident attorney
- Contact an Avondale motorcycle accident lawyer immediately at 602.254.2701
- Speak to Cantor Crane injury lawyers BEFORE dealing with insurance companies
Get Help from an Avondale Personal Injury and Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If someone else is at fault or negligent in causing your motorcycle accident and you have been injured as a result of that wreck, you have the right to file an accident injury claim. Through this type of claim, you can recover damages associated with your injuries, lost income, property damage and pain and suffering. There are a wide variety of expenses you may experience after a motorcycle accident in Avondale. With the help of an experienced Avondale motorcycle accident attorney, these costs may be recovered in your case:
- Hospital bills
- Prescription medications
- Over-the-counter medication
- Accident-related medical bills
- Injury rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Auto rental
- Towing charges
- Other damages
After your motorcycle accident occurs in Avondale, your first call should be to the motorcycle accident lawyers of Cantor Crane. Cantor Crane’s attorneys have extensive experience in handling Avondale motor vehicle accidents, including those involving motorcycles.
As an Avondale client of Cantor Crane, you will gain the immediate help of experienced lawyers who will guide you through the injury claim process. They will handle most aspects of your case for you, taking most of the stress off of your shoulders. Some of the ways they will help you include in the following case aspects:
- Fault determination
- Claims process
- Insurance company communications
- Damages and injury compensation
- Government liability
- Structured settlements
Call for a FREE Consultation with Cantor Crane Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
When a Cantor Crane motorcycle accident lawyer is handling your Avondale accident claim, insurance companies realize they must pay you what you deserve for your accident injuries, property damage, loss of income, pain and suffering and other damages. You will not be responsible for any legal fees until the attorneys of Cantor Crane win or settle your case. Call the Law Offices of Cantor Crane now at 602.254.2701 for a free, no-obligation motorcycle accident consultation.