Scottsdale, Arizona Motorcycle Accidents
Scottsdale is a picturesque community, much like the rest of Arizona’s southern valley cities. There are plenty of places to ride your motorcycle around Scottsdale and throughout the entire Phoenix area. Motorcyclists particularly enjoy Scottsdale’s own annual event drawing crowds from around the country, Arizona Bike Week. As part of Bike Week, there are thousands of motorcycles to see, riders to meet, concerts to enjoy and other festivities to join while showing off your own bike.
As reported by the Arizona Motor Vehicle Department in 2015, there are just under 200,000 motorcycles registered to state residents. From 2011 to 2015, almost 40,000 new motorcycle registrants were added to the state’s ranks of riding enthusiasts.
With population booms occurring in the Phoenix area and other surges of traffic caused by large events like sports games, Bike Week, concerts and festivals, there is always a risk for Scottsdale motorcycle riders being in an accident.
Because of motorcycle design, these riders are extremely vulnerable to suffering injuries that can be quite catastrophic, such as traumatic brain injuries and other life-changing damage. Death is common in motorcycle accidents, as compared to other types of crashes. Of all traffic accidents in Arizona, 17 percent of fatalities occur in motorcycle wrecks although only six percent of the state’s vehicles are bikes. Clearly motorcycle riders experience more than their share of deadly collisions.
Arizona State Motorcycle Accident Facts
2015 was no different than any other year, when it comes to severity of motorcycle accidents and high numbers of injuries and fatalities. Subsequent years will continue to bring thousands of bike wrecks in Arizona, likely more and more each year as the number of people on the state’s roads increase.
According to the Arizona AZ Department of Transportation’s Arizona Crash Facts Summary, below is a summary of Arizona crashes involving motorcycles in 2015:
- 2911 motorcycle accidents in the state
- 1827 accidents involved other parties
- 1,084 were one single vehicle wrecks of a motorcycle only
- 132 wrecks caused fatalities
- 2329 were injury accidents with 2497 people injured and 134 people killed
- 2704 collisions occurred in urban locations like Scottsdale
- 737 accidents were in rural areas
- 150 accidents involved alcohol DUI of a motorcyclist
- 16 accidents involved a motorcyclist’s drug DUI
- 1 accident involved a medicated motorcyclist
- 1395 motorcyclists were without any fault in their accident
- 71 motorcyclists in every 1000 AZ registered bikes will be killed in a motorcycle wreck
Scottsdale and Maricopa County Motorcycle Accidents
In Scottsdale and other parts of Maricopa County in 2015, just under 2000 motorcycle accidents occurred. These accidents led to 1619 injuries and 86 fatalities among the state’s motorcycle riders.
Because Arizona state law permits riders and passengers to make their own choice about wearing a helmet if they are aged 18 or older, accidents often lead to brain injury, other head trauma and fatality. There are a lower proportion of deadly wrecks in states were helmet wear is universally required of riders and passengers. But as long as riders in Scottsdale and the rest of the state continue to ride without helmets, statistics of deadly accidents will remain high among Arizona motorcyclists.
Below are some of 2015’s Arizona accident statistics indicating the role of helmets in these crashes:
- 492 riders survived their accident without injury. Only 85 of these injury-free survivors were not wearing a helmet.
- 584 riders survived with incapacitating injuries. 300 of were without helmets or helmet wear could not be verified.
- 130 riders were killed, with only 54 having a helmet on at the time of their wreck.
When a motorcycle accident that is someone else’s fault happens to you in Scottsdale or elsewhere in Arizona, you need the help of an experienced personal injury and motorcycle accident lawyer. This lawyer will work hard to ensure you gain the highest possible compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Scottsdale Motorcycle Accidents Can Occur Anytime
Although Arizona Bike Week is one of the most motorcycle-crowded times of the year on Scottsdale roads, this is not the only time of year that a motorcycle crash can occur in the city.
Throughout Arizona, noon to 6:00 p.m. is the most dangerous timeframe for motorcycle riding during the workweek of Monday to Friday. These six hours provide a window during which motorcycle accident counts spike each business day. The deadliest time during the workday for motorcyclists is 4:30 p.m., as commuter rush hour is getting started. More deaths among bikers occur from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday to Friday, than other hours.
Weekends are dangerous during different hours than weekdays. There are more weekend fatalities on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to noon, than at other hours of these days. The most accidents of the weekend occur from noon to 6:00 p.m., but fatalities are greater in morning hours.
While Saturdays are the most dangerous days of the week in Arizona, Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays are the safest. There were 41 fatalities of bikers on Saturdays in 2015, but only a maximum of 19 for each other day of the week in the same year.
Most motorcycle DUI accidents occur on Saturdays, too.
Facts of Scottsdale’s Motorcycle Accidents
There were 2,988 motorcycle accidents in Scottsdale and other areas of Arizona during 2015. Among these accidents, the following facts are true:
- In 1395 of the accidents, the riders were not at fault
- Speeding was the cause of 846 accidents
- 61 were due to the rider’s failure to yield
- 99 accidents were the fault of riders following other vehicles too closely
- 11 motorcycle riders neglected to stop at a stop sign
- 51 riders ignored a traffic signal
- 28 riders made improper turns
- 25 motorcyclists drove against traffic in an opposing lane
- 7 accidents were blamed on faulty parts or equipment
- 8 riders did not use required equipment
- 8 riders ignored a no passing zone and passed traffic
- 42 riders made unsafe lane changes
- 63 riders veered into an opposing lane of traffic
- 22 motorcycle riders unsafely passed other vehicles
- 16 motorcyclists engaged in distracted driving
Fatalities in Arizona accidents among motorcyclists are most often due to wrecks caused by other drivers or the rider’s own reckless speeding. There were 137 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2015, 33 having been caused by other vehicle drivers’ behaviors or the riders’ speeding. In 44 of the crashes, motorcycle speed was the direct cause.
Of 1827 multiple vehicle crashes occurring in 2015 in Arizona, there were distinct patterns in the direction from which motorcyclists were impacted by other vehicles. Below are the four most frequently noted impact angles and the number of wrecks and fatalities related to each:
- 446 collisions with 26 fatal wrecks were during a vehicle’s left turn
- 18 of 622 rear-end collision accidents were fatal
- 295 accidents were at an angle with 19 being fatal
- 267 were sideswipe collisions with 6 being fatal
After Your Scottsdale Motorcycle Accident
There are particular pieces of information and photographs that can be helpful in a Scottsdale motorcycle accident injury claim. Because you want to have the strongest possible case for the best chance of gaining the full compensation you deserve from the at-fault driver, you should try to obtain this information and take appropriate photos while still at the accident scene. If you are injured or unable to perform these tasks, you can call upon a trusted friend or loved one to do them for you.
Try to gain the following details, contact information and photographs:
- Make note of the accident’s date and time
- Write down observations of weather conditions at the time of the accident and the scene
- Take photos of the damaged vehicles and accident scene
- Obtain contact information of witnesses and a few notes about their observations
- Maintain insurance declarations
- Write down your thoughts about how the accident happened
- Keep all of your accident records in one place, including the police report
- Talk with a motorcycle accident attorney BEFORE signing anything or allowing the insurance company to record you
- Call a Scottsdale motorcycle accident attorney immediately at 602.254.2701
- Speak to Cantor Crane injury lawyers BEFORE you deal with any insurance companies
What a Personal Injury and Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Do For You
If someone else is negligent or at fault in your Scottsdale motorcycle accident, an Arizona personal injury and motorcycle accident attorney can help you gain the compensation you need to cover your accident injuries, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages. Some of these damages may include:
- Medical expenses
- Prescription costs
- Over-the-counter medication expenses
- Imaging study costs
- CT scans
- Hospital bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost income or lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Property damage, motorcycle replacement or repair
- Auto rental
- Towing charges
- Other damages
Your first call after your accident should be to the experienced Scottsdale motorcycle attorneys of Cantor Crane. These lawyers have the skill, local knowledge, reputation and expert witnesses you need to gain the highest possible settlement or judgment in your accident case.
When you are a client of the attorneys of Cantor Crane, many of your case details will be handled for you. Such details include:
- Fault determination
- Claims process, including filing your case
- Accident investigation
- Communications with the insurance adjusters and companies
- Damages and injury compensation
- Government liability
- Structured settlements
Call for your FREE Consultation with Cantor Crane Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
The motorcycle accident lawyers of Cantor Crane are on your side and will work hard for you to help you recover all of your damages suffered in your motorcycle accident. Even better, you do not have to pay any legal fees until your case is settled or won. Call the Law Offices of Cantor Crane now at 602.254.2701 for a free, no-obligation consultation about your Scottsdale motorcycle accident.