Mesa, Arizona Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
In Arizona, the community of Mesa is only second to Phoenix in the list of the state’s cities with the most traffic accidents. This unfortunate distinction has been gained due to Mesa’s rapid growth and increasing number of vehicles on its community streets, highways and parking lots, including the addition of thousands of motorcycles in the past ten years. It has been predicted that Mesa will continue to grow for many more years, continuing to be the scene of many motorcycle accidents for years to come.
As the roads and highways in, out of and around Mesa continue to become more congested with traffic, city planners and construction crews work hard to scale the city’s roads to meet the population growth needs. Arizona is home to over 200,000 registered motorcycles. Mesa takes its fair share, with many of its residents enjoying riding their bikes most days of the year.
As Mesa traffic gains more cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles, there is always the chance for an accident to occur. A motorcycle crash can happen anytime and anywhere in the city of Mesa, often resulting in horrific injuries to the rider. Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable people on the road, with their vehicles not providing much protection against other vehicles, the elements and even the road, itself.
Mesa riders are easily affected by the city’s weather conditions, insects, road construction, road obstacles, poorly maintained roads, animals and other situations that can result in property damage, injuries and even fatalities. Of course, motorcycle riders cause their own wrecks in Mesa, too.
Arizona Motorcycle Crash Facts
There continue to be increases in motorcycle crashes, injuries and fatalities from year to year in Arizona, with few years providing a respite from these patterns of accident growth. Of course, the more bikes in the state, the greater the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities there will be each year. Of all vehicles on the roads in the state, motorcycles only make up six percent of traffic. But these highly vulnerable riders are 17 percent of the accident fatalities in the state each year. Arizona is among the top ten states in the nation for deadly motorcycle accidents, although it is far from the top ten for the number of residents having motorcycles.
The 2015 Arizona Crash Facts Summary of the Arizona Department of Transportation provided the following insights into what caused that year’s motorcycle crashes:
- Motorcycle accidents in Arizona: 2911
- Accidents involving other vehicles and a motorcycle: 1827
- Motorcycle-only wrecks: 1,084
- Fatal motorcycle accidents: 132
- Injury accidents: 2329
- Number of people killed in motorcycle crashes: 134
- Number of people injured in these wrecks: 2497
- Collisions occurring in urban areas like Mesa: 2704
- Rural accidents in Arizona: 737
- Motorcyclist alcohol DUI-related accidents: 150
- Motorcyclist drug DUI-related accidents: 16
- Motorcyclist medication DUI-related accidents: 1
- Motorcyclist not at fault: 1395
- Number of Arizona motorcyclists who will be killed on their bike in Arizona: 6.71 in every 1000
In Mesa’s county of Maricopa, there were just under 2000 motorcycle accidents during the year 2015. In these wrecks, 1619 riders were injured and 86 were killed.
Riders Can Increase Their Odds of Surviving a Mesa Motorcycle Accident
Arizona state laws do not require all riders in Mesa or other parts of the state to wear a helmet when they ride their motorcycle. This is a freedom of choice for riders in the state, most of whom can decide for themselves whether they want to add this type of protection before getting on their bike for each ride.
The details of Arizona’s helmet laws include that only riders under the age of 18 and passengers also under that age must wear a motorcycle helmet. After they turn 18, riders and passengers can make their own decision.
While helmet wear is up to individuals, having a Department of Transportation approved safety helmet on during a crash is one way to provide yourself with greater odds of survival and reduced likelihood of suffering a traumatic brain injury or other head trauma. As the below statistics indicate, helmets played a role in victims’ survival of Arizona’s 2,911 motorcycle accidents in 2015:
- 492 riders walked away without injury in all of Arizona’s motorcycle accidents, only 85 of whom were not wearing helmets
- 584 riders, 300 of which could not be confirmed as wearing helmets, suffered incapacitating injuries in Arizona motorcycle accidents
- 130 riders were fatally injured in Arizona wrecks, with only 54 having worn a helmet when they were killed
Facts of Mesa’s Motorcycle Accidents
Because a motorcycle accident can occur anywhere and at any time in Mesa, riders can never stop driving defensively or safely. These accidents can be caused by a vast number of factors, including the riders’ own behaviors and choices. Below are some of the details of how accidents happened in Mesa and the rest of Arizona in 2015. By understanding these accidents, you can increase your road safety awareness and odds of escaping a potential accident before it occurs.
- Motorcyclist not at fault: 1395 accidents
- Motorcyclist was speeding: 846 accidents
- Failure to yield by the rider: 61 accidents
- Rider was following other vehicles too closely: 99 accidents
- Riders ran a stop sign: 11 accidents
- Rider disregarded traffic signals: 51 accidents
- Improper turns caused the accidents: 28 accidents
- Driving in the wrong lane of traffic was to blame: 25 accidents
- Motorcycle parts or equipment were faulty: 7 accidents
- Failure of the motorcyclist to use required equipment: 8 accidents
- Passing in the no-passing zone by the rider: 8 accidents
- Unsafe lane changes by the motorcyclist: 42 accidents
- Riders veered into another lane: 63 accidents
- Unsafe passing by the motorcyclist: 22 accidents
- Distracted driving by the motorcyclist: 16 accidents
Other vehicle drivers cause the vast majority of Mesa’s motorcycle crashes. This is due to the nature of those vehicles, against the smaller size, lighter weight and fewer safety features of motorcycles. But riders can help prevent their own involvement in these accidents by refraining from speeding and other risky behaviors while in traffic. Of 2015’s tragic Arizona accidents, 137 were fatal to motorcyclists, 33 were caused by other drivers and 44 were the fault of speeding motorcyclists.
Although being hit by a vehicle is hard for a motorcyclist to survive from any angle, there are a variety of directions from which such accidents may occur. The four most commonly experienced angles of impact in Arizona’s motorcycle accidents in 2015 were as follows:
- During a left turn: 446 accidents, with 26 fatalities
- Rear-end collisions: 622 accidents, including 18 fatalities
- At an angle: 295 accidents, with 19 fatalities
- Sideswipes: 267 accidents, including 6 fatalities
Of the 137 fatal motorcycle crashes in Arizona during that year, 28 involved unlicensed riders. This means that one in every five deadly bike crashes involves someone who is not licensed to operate a motorcycle, in the first place.
Being in a Mesa Motorcycle Accident
Being in a Mesa motorcycle accident is as stressful and traumatic as being in one in any other place in the country. The scene of a motorcycle accident can be particularly harrowing and a difficult event for anyone to witness, particularly those involved in the crash. Injuries in Mesa bike crashes can be severe. When you are in one of these accidents, you should first help others who may need immediate first aid, if you are not injured, yourself.
While awaiting the arrival of police and EMTs, there are things you can do to help strengthen your motorcycle accident injury claim. If you possibly can do these things, you should. If you are unable, try to get the help of someone you trust. Try to obtain or note the following:
- Accident time and date
- Weather of the time of the accident
- Observations of the scene
- Photos of the scene and vehicle damage
- Contact info for witnesses
- Thoughts about how the wreck happened
- Copy of the police report or the officer’s contact information
After your Mesa motorcycle accident, you should remember:
- Avoid speaking with insurance companies, giving a statement to them or being recorded by them until you have spoken with a motorcycle accident attorney
- Call a Mesa motorcycle accident lawyer immediately at 602.254.2701
- Speak to Cantor Crane injury lawyers BEFORE dealing with insurance companies or accepting any settlements
How a Mesa Personal Injury and Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Helps You Recover from Your Wreck
If someone else is to blame in your Mesa motorcycle accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages resulting from the wreck. Below are some of the most commonly recovered damages, many of which your Mesa motorcycle accident lawyer may seek on your behalf:
- 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
Your first telephone call after your Mesa motorcycle accident should be to the highly experienced Mesa motorcycle accident lawyers of Cantor Crane. Cantor Crane’s personal injury attorneys specialize in handling motorcycle accidents and have done so for many years for riders from throughout Arizona, including Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Tucson and surrounding communities.
As a motorcycle accident victim and client of the lawyers of Cantor Crane, you will have skilled help and guidance from an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. This lawyer will have a solid reputation among Arizona’s insurance adjusters and companies providing insurance policies for your accident’s at-fault driver. This reputation is important, as it carries with it the immediate realization by insurance adjusters that they cannot provide you with less than you are due for your accident damages.
A Cantor Crane motorcycle accident attorney makes handling the aftermath of your accident so much easier. You will also receive much higher compensation with the help of a Cantor Crane lawyer, than you could likely ever receive by handling your insurance claim on your own. Your lawyer will provide these services and others for your accident claim, without any upfront fees:
- Fault determination
- Claims processing
- Accident investigations
- Expert witnesses
- Product liability
- Insurance company communications
- Damages and injury compensation
- Government liability
- Structured settlements
The state’s statutes of limitations do apply toward your motorcycle accident. So you need to quickly call the skilled attorneys of Cantor Crane.
Call for a FREE Consultation with Cantor Crane Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
The stress, expense and pain of your Mesa motorcycle accident are enough for you to deal with after your crash. For these reasons and many others, you need the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer who will help you throughout the process of filing your motorcycle accident claim.
You will not have to pay 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 Mesa motorcycle accident consultation.