Phoenix is one of the most rapidly growing communities in the country. People with motorcycles from all over the U.S. aspire to ride throughout Arizona, to enjoy the state’s beautiful weather and scenery. Many of these bikers come into Phoenix and join local motorcyclists in utilization of the city’s roads.
The city of Phoenix is not just increasing in population and urban sprawl. In the five years between 2010 and 2014, the number of motorcycle accidents in Phoenix have also steadily increased, according to the 2014 Comprehensive Traffic Collision Summary. Below is a snapshot of motorcycle accidents, injuries and fatalities in the city:
- In 2010: 495 motorcycle accidents with 413 injuries and 19 fatalities
- In 2011: 558 motorcycle accidents with 531 injuries and 25 fatalities
- In 2012: 587 motorcycle accidents with 478 injuries and 22 fatalities
- In 2013: 607 motorcycle accidents with 510 injuries and 23 fatalities
- In 2014: 617 motorcycle accidents with 504 injuries and 26 fatalities
In 2015, there were 199,721 registered motorcycles in Arizona. This is 36,000 more than residents of Arizona owned in 2011. The number of motorcycles on Arizona roads will only increase as popularity of motorcycle ownership continues to grow in the U.S., as well as due to Arizona’s steady population increase that is expected to continue.
There were 1,939 motorcycle accidents in Maricopa County, where Phoenix is located, in 2015. In these accidents, 1,619 motorcycle riders were injured and 86 were killed.
As there are more motorcycles on the roads, there will always be increasing potential for motorcycle accidents to happen. These accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. There is no parking lot, road, highway, crossing or intersection immune to being the scene of a catastrophic motorcycle accident.
Arizona Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The year 2015 proved to be as deadly for motorcyclists on Arizona roads as years prior. Unfortunately, motorists of all kinds in the state will continue to experience injury, property damage and even death in accidents as the state grows and brings in more and more visitors. Arizona is also known for being one of the best motorcycling states in the country, due to its beautiful climate and scenery.
Statistics from the Arizona Crash Facts Summary of the Arizona Department of Transportation detail specifics of motorcycle crashes for 2015:
- 2911 motorcycle accidents in Arizona
- 1827 wrecks involved other vehicles
- 1,084 were single vehicle, motorcycle-only accidents
- 132 wrecks 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 fatally injured in traffic
Arizona Motorcycle Accidents: Helmet Wear
Riders aged 18 and over do not have to wear a helmet during motorcycle use in Arizona. But wearing a helmet can still improve your chances of surviving a motorcycle crash, as well as not receiving more significant injuries. These are statistics of helmet use in Arizona’s 2,911 motorcycle accidents occurring during 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.
Motorcycle Accidents Happen Anytime, Anywhere
Phoenix motorcycle accidents are not limited to certain hours of the day, days of the week or months of the year. But during some timeframes, many elements come together to create greater likelihood of a motorcyclist being involved in an accident.
Motorcyclists are just as guilty as other drivers of driving distracted, drowsy and drunk. Everyone must do their part in preventing motorcycle and auto accidents by ensuring they are alert, undistracted and sober while driving on Phoenix roads.
Noon to 6:00 p.m. is the timeframe of greatest danger for motorcycle riding in Phoenix on weekdays. These are the six hours when a spike in motorcycle accident counts occur on working days. The most deadly timeframe during the weekdays for motorcyclists is during afternoon rush hour at 4:30 p.m. More motorcyclist deaths occur from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on these days, than at other times of day during the week.
More motorcyclists are out on weekends than during the week. Most are enjoying their weekend off, without work hour restrictions for their riding. This freedom to ride during more daytime hours shifts the most dangerous time for riding to 9:00 a.m. through noon on Saturdays, when the most motorcyclist fatalities occur on the weekend. There are a greater concentration of accidents from noon to 6:00 p.m. on weekends, but the deadliest wrecks are in the mornings.
Saturday is the worst day of the week for motorcycle accidents. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are the safer for riding in Phoenix and throughout the state. 41 of the 2015 fatalities occurred on Saturday, while all other days of the week did not exceed 19 deaths of motorcyclists per day. Most motorcycle DUI fatalities also occur on Saturdays. Tuesday is the day on which the fewest fatalities occur among these riders in Arizona.
Causes of Phoenix Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are never predictable. They can occur anywhere and at any time, as well as due to a vast variety of causes. In 2015, the 2,988 motorcycle accidents occurring in the state, including Phoenix, were found to include the following circumstances:
- 1395 accidents were the fault of someone other than the motorcyclist
- 846 involved a motorcyclist who was speeding
- 61 wrecks were due to the rider’s failure to yield to other traffic
- 99 involved motorcycles following other vehicles 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 standards for safety
- 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
The majority of fatalities occurring as part of motorcycle accidents were due to another driver’s speeding or the motorcyclist speeding. In 2015 there were 137 fatal motorcycle accidents with 33 being due to other driver’s excessive speed and 44 due to the rider’s excessive speed.
Of 1827 multi-vehicle accidents involving at least one motorcycle in 2015, the accidents occurred at the following angles:
- 446 during a vehicle’s left turn with 26 being fatal
- 622 rear-end collisions with 18 being fatal
- 295 at an angle with 19 being fatal
- 267 sideswipes with 6 being fatal
Of 2015’s 135 fatal motorcycle accidents, 28 of the motorcycle operators were not legally licensed when the accident occurred. Their licenses had expired, been revoked, were suspended or the driver never had a license for driving a motorcycle, at all.
When You Are in a Phoenix Motorcycle Accident
It is always stressful to be in any kind of vehicle accident. But being in a motorcycle accident carries a higher likelihood of injury and fatality than other types of vehicle wrecks. Because motorcycles do not protect passengers or operators in an enclosed compartment, motorcyclists are vulnerable to the elements, other vehicles, pavement and obstacles in the road. If you have collided with a motorcycle or if you were on the bike, yourself, you know how devastating these collisions can be for everyone involved. Accident scenes are often chaotic and motorcycle wrecks are no exception.
When you are in a motorcycle accident in Phoenix, you need to try to remember to gain some information while you are still at the scene. This can be exceptionally difficult for a motorcyclist, as they are more likely to be seriously injured, incapacitated or killed. If you have a loved one or friend who can help gather this information for you, that is extremely helpful when you cannot do it yourself. Try to remember the following:
- 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 Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law BEFORE dealing with insurance companies, letting them record you or negotiating a settlement
Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Will Provide the Help You Need
If someone else has been at fault or negligent in your motorcycle accident in Phoenix or elsewhere in the state of Arizona, you can gain compensation you need to cover the property damage of your accident, injuries and other costs associated with the wreck. A Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyer is extremely invaluable in these circumstances. Such a lawyer will help you recover costs for all of these areas of expense, as they are applicable to your case:
- 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
After your Phoenix motorcycle accident, your first call should be to the motorcycle accident attorneys of the Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law team. All of the personal injury lawyers of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law are exceptionally experienced in motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle crashes occurring in Phoenix.
As one of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law’’s clients, our attorneys will help you get through your legal claim process and they will handle many of the case details for you. These 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
Statues of limitations do apply to your Arizona motorcycle accident. So it is important that you contact the experienced attorneys of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law as soon after the accident as possible.
Call Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law Motorcycle Accident Attorneys for a Free, No-Obligation Consultation
A motorcycle accident is a devastating occurrence and has likely left you shaken. You may also be in physical pain and suffering many injuries throughout your body, that affect how you live your life each day. These are only some of the reasons why you need the help of experienced motorcycle accident lawyers with a solid reputation in Phoenix and throughout Arizona.
A Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law accident lawyer will handle most of the details for you, helping you start and get through your motorcycle accident claim until a positive settlement or judgment has been received. Insurance companies know the reputation of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law’s legal team and know that they will be pressed to settle fairly, providing the compensation you deserve. Never try to handle a motorcycle accident claim alone, especially since you have the skillful Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law team ready to help you with your Phoenix motorcycle accident damages.
You will not have to pay any legal fees until the attorneys of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law win or settle your case. Call the Law Offices of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law now at 602.254.2701 for a free, no-obligation motorcycle accident consultation.