Phoenix, Arizona Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Throughout the United States, Phoenix is known as a booming city with beautiful weather and scenic vistas to enjoy. Motorcyclists do enjoy this scenery and weather each day of the year, with most days being perfect for riding. Motorcyclists from all corners of the U.S. want to ride in Arizona and to enjoy the state’s beautiful climate and views for themselves.
As Phoenix grows, so does the number of motorcycle accidents in the city. From 2010 to 2014, these accidents have increased year by year, as the 2014 Comprehensive Traffic Collision Summary indicates. Below is a listing of each year’s bike crashes, injuries and fatalities for Phoenix:
- In 2010: 495 bike crashes that caused 413 injuries and 19 deaths
- In 2011: 558 bike crashes that caused 531 injuries and 25 deaths
- In 2012: 587 bike crashes that caused 478 injuries and 22 deaths
- In 2013: 607 bike crashes that caused 510 injuries and 23 deaths
- In 2014: 617 bike crashes that caused 504 injuries and 26 deaths
The state of Arizona was home to just under 200,000 registered motorcycles in 2015. From 2011 to 2015, about 40,000 new bikes were registered in the state. As motorcycle ownership becomes more popular, gas more expensive and traffic more congested, this number will only continue to grow.
In 2015, Maricopa County was the scene of 1939 motorcycle accidents. This is the county where Phoenix and its suburbs are located. As a result of these wrecks, 1619 riders suffered injuries and 86 died.
As the number of bikers and registered motorcycles in the Phoenix area increase, so will these accidents. A collision or single-vehicle crash can happen anywhere and at any time, particularly since Phoenix and the valley provide some of the best motorcycle riding weather year round. A serious accident can occur on any road, crossing, highway, intersection or parking lot at any hour of the day. You never know whether your next ride will be your last.
Facts of Arizona Motorcycle Accidents
2015 was a deadly year for riders in the state, just like years prior and those that will follow. Both motorcycle riders and other vehicle occupants will continue to suffer injury, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering and even fatality because of these accidents. When such crashes occur, it is important to gain the help and guidance of an experienced Phoenix motorcycle accident attorney, to ensure you are able to recover all of your current and future accident damages.
Each year, the Arizona Department of Transportation, also known as AZDOT, provides the state with a report entitled the Arizona Crash Facts Summary. This report lists data of the prior year’s traffic accidents in the state and its communities. Below are some of the motorcycle accident facts from the 2015 Arizona Crash Facts Summary:
- 2911 bike wrecks in Arizona
- 1827 crashes involved other vehicles
- 1,084 were single vehicle, motorcycle-only accidents
- 132 accidents led to fatalities
- 2329 injury accidents
- 134 fatalities
- 2497 injuries
- 2704 urban collisions
- 737 rural accidents
- 150 motorcycle alcohol DUI accidents
- 16 motorcycle drug DUI accidents
- 1 motorcycle prescription medication DUI accidents
- 1395 motorcyclists were not at fault in their wrecks
- 71 motorcyclists in every 1000 with registered bikes in Arizona will be killed in a traffic accident
Helmet Wear Saves Lives in Arizona Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle riders have some freedom to choose whether they wear a helmet in Arizona while riding their bike on the state’s roads. Bikers aged 18 and older can make this decision without interference from the state, as can passengers of the same ages. But younger riders, those under the age of 18, and passengers also not yet legal adults, are required by state laws to wear a safety helmet each time they ride.
Regardless of your age, wearing a helmet is a choice that could save your life. There are dozens of Arizona riders who can testify to this fact as having been reality in their accidents in the prior year. Wearing a Department of Transportation approved safety helmet improves your odds of walking away from a wreck or suffering only minor injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident.
Below are statistics of the Phoenix area and the state, indicating how not wearing a helmet may have impacted some of your fellow riders in the region in 2015:
- 492 riders were uninjured in all of the state’s motorcycle accidents. Only 85 uninjured riders were indicated to not have been wearing a helmet.
- 584 riders suffered debilitating injuries. 300 of these were not confirmed to be wearing a helmet.
- 130 riders were killed. Only 54 of these killed riders were confirmed helmet wearers at the time of their wreck.
Facts of Phoenix Motorcycle Accidents
If there is one truth about motorcycle crashes, it is that you can never predict one will happen to you as you board your bike and set off on the road each time you ride. Such an accident can happen anytime, anywhere and during any month of the year in Arizona where riding is possible throughout all seasons. The 2,988 motorcycle accidents that happened in Arizona during 2015 are detailed through the following data:
- 1395 accidents were not the motorcyclist’s fault
- 846 involved a speeding motorcyclist
- 61 wrecks were due to the rider’s failure to share the road with other traffic
- 99 involved motorcycles following other motorists too closely
- 11 riders ran stop signs
- 51 riders ran a red traffic signal
- 28 riders executed an improper turn
- 25 riders drove against traffic in the wrong lane
- 7 riders failed to maintain their motorcycle to state safety standards
- 8 riders did not use required equipment on the bike
- 8 riders used the no passing zone to pass slower traffic
- 42 riders unsafely changed lanes
- 63 riders veered into another lane
- 22 riders committed unsafe passing
- 16 motorcyclists were driving distracted
Speeding is a major factor in many Phoenix and Arizona motorcycle accidents. There were 137 fatal bike wrecks in 2015, 33 being the fault of another speeding vehicle and 44 being due to the motorcyclists’ speed.
Of the 1827 accidents including motorcycles in 2015 in and around Phoenix and other Arizona communities, there are some patterns in how the motorcycles were hit by other vehicles. The four most frequent angles of impact and statistics relating to those accidents include:
- 446 motorcycles were hit during a vehicle’s left turn with 26 being fatal
- 622 accidents involved a vehicle’s rear-end collisions with motorcycles, 18 being fatal
- 295 bike crashes were at a diagonal angle, with 19 being fatal
- 267 of these accidents were sideswipes with 6 being fatal
Of the 135 fatal motorcycle accidents in the same year, 28 of the motorcycle operators did not have a legal motorcycle operator’s license when their accident occurred. Their licenses had expired, been revoked, were or suspended or the bike operator never had a license, at all.
When Your Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Occurs
No matter how or where your motorcycle accident happens, it will be stressful. Being in one of these wrecks often involves terrible injuries to the riders, if not death. Of all of the fatal motor vehicle accidents occurring in Phoenix and statewide during 2015, 17 percent of these deadly crashes involved motorcycles. This is a harrowing truth, when you consider that only six percent of the state’s motor vehicles are motorcycles.
When you have been in a Phoenix motorcycle accident, there is some information that you can gain at the accident scene while you await arrival of police. Of course, you should provide first aid to others’ injuries first, if you are not injured yourself. If you are unable to gain these details yourself, you can call upon a trusted friend or family member to gain them for you. These insights, details and photos can help build your strongest possible motorcycle accident claim:
- Note the accident time and date
- Record observations of weather from the time of the accident
- Take notes about your observations of the scene
- Take photos of the scene and vehicle damage
- Capture contact info for witnesses
- Maintain your insurance declarations
- Write down notes of how you think the accident occurred
- Keep accident records together in one file
- Gain a copy of the police report
- Call a Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyer right away at 602.254.2701
- Speak to Cantor Crane injury lawyers BEFORE dealing with insurance companies, letting them record you or negotiating a settlement
You Need the Help of Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Lawyers after Your Crash
When someone else is at fault in your Phoenix motorcycle accident, you may be able to gain compensation for your accident-related injuries, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages. A Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyer will help you build a substantial motorcycle accident claim and will handle most aspects of the case for you, including dealing with the insurance companies, communicating with adjusters, negotiating the best possible settlement, and filing a court case if a positive settlement is not reached. Below are some of the damages you may be able to recover:
- Medical bills
- Hospital treatment costs
- Medications from over-the-counter or prescriptions
- Imaging studies like X-rays, MRIs and CT scans
- Injury rehabilitation
- Motorcycle replacement or repair
- Auto rental while repairs are being done
- Lost income or wages
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Auto rental
- Towing charges
- Other property damage
- Wrongful death
- Other damages
Your first call after your Phoenix motorcycle accident should be to the Phoenix-based motorcycle accident attorneys of Cantor Crane. All of Cantor Crane’s Phoenix motorcycle accident attorneys are highly experienced and skilled in motor vehicle accidents, including those occurring in Phoenix.
As one of Cantor Crane’s clients, you will be helped and guided through your legal claim process. Your attorney will handle most aspects of your case, including the communications with the plaintiff’s insurance company and settlement negotiations. Other details your Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyer will handle for you include:
- Determination of fault
- Accident investigations
- Claims process
- Communications with insurance companies
- Settlement negotiations
- Trial preparations, if a trial is needed
- Damages and injury compensation
- Government liability
- Structured settlements
There are Arizona statutes of limitations that apply to your Phoenix motorcycle accident. So you need to call the experienced attorneys of Cantor Crane as soon as possible after your motorcycle accident.
Call Cantor Crane Motorcycle Accident Attorneys for a Free, No-Obligation Consultation
When you call upon the Phoenix motorcycle accident attorneys of Cantor Crane for help with your insurance claim, you will not pay any legal fees until your case is settled or won. Your attorney will work hard to ensure you receive the highest possible settlement under Arizona law, providing you with far greater compensation than you could likely ever gain without a lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Cantor Crane now at 602.254.2701 for a free, no-obligation motorcycle accident consultation.