Arizona motorcycle accidents a serious danger. Get street smart
Motorcycle accidents in Arizona are rarely minor accidents. Since motorcyclists have very little protection, motorcycle accident injuries can sometimes be very severe.
In 2011, there were 2,980 motorcycle accidents in Arizona, according to the state Department of Transportation. Of those accidents, 2,553 people were injured and 132 died that year in Arizona. The vast majority of these accidents - 2,196 - occurred in urban areas. The remaining 784 motorcycle accidents took place on rural roads.
A closer look at motorcycle accident statistics
And like auto accidents, the causes of motorcycle accidents can cover a very wide range. Even so, the clear, number one cause of motorcycle accidents is a collision with a motor vehicle. In 2011, a total of 1,436 accidents - more than 48 percent - of all motorcycle accidents could be traced back to a crash involving a motor vehicle.
In some cases, passengers are the ones who sustain an injury in a motorcycle accident. When motorcycle passenger injuries occur, a wide range of issues can come into play, including who's responsible for compensating the passenger for their injuries.
Insurance companies should seem like the obvious answer to the question of who will pay for injuries related to a motorcycle accident. But biker accidents & insurance companies can sometimes be a volatile mix. In some cases, some insurance companies do everything they can to avoid paying bikers the money they rightfully deserve.
Where do motorcycle accidents happen in Arizona?
Where do motorcycle wrecks happen most in Phoenix and across Arizona? There is no easy answer to this question. Arizona averaged 139 fatal motorcycle accidents per year between 2011 and 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), with accidents occurring on major highways, city streets and rural roads alike.
However, some roads have proven to be more dangerous than others. West Thomas Road, between the intersections of North 83rd Avenue and North 75th Avenue, has been a dangerous location for motorcyclists for years. In Chandler, West Elliot Road and West Warner Road can be dangerous to motorcyclists. In Glendale, Northern Avenue near the Interstate 17 onramp has proven to be hazardous as well.
With motorcycles sharing the road with other vehicles at high speeds, Phoenix area highways have proven to be dangerous for motorcyclists as well. North of Phoenix, Interstate 17 and the Agua Fria Freeway have seen fatal accidents. Route 101 and Highway 60, which run through Tempe and Mesa, have also seen a number of serious - and oftentimes fatal - high-speed accidents involving motorcyclists.
Let a Phoenix motorcycle accident attorney fight for you
Wherever the accident occurred, you will need an experienced attorney on your side if you were injured or lost a loved one in an Arizona motorcycle wreck. For a free case review, call Israel & Gerity, PLLC. You can also reach us online. We will listen to you and help you explore your options. Know your rights! Talk to Israel & Gerity, PLLC today.