For many people, motorcycles mean freedom, and they have never seen more popularity. Statistics show that motorcycle registration in the U.S. has increased from 3.8 million in 1997 to more than 8.4 million in 2013, and the numbers keep growing.
Motorcycle registrations in Arizona have grown to more than 190,000 in 2017, not surprising for a state where, even in its coldest month, January, the daily temperature still reaches an average of 67 degrees.
Add to that the fact that Arizona ranks 47th in amount of precipitation and has four cities (Yuma, Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff) ranked in the top 10 for most sunshine yearly in the U.S., and it’s clear to see why so there are so many motorcycles on our roads.
Motorcycles: Fun but Dangerous
But despite the fun and freedom they offer, motorcycles can also be dangerous when motorcycle accidents occur. With only two wheels and no shell, a motorcycle has little to protect its rider, and motorcycle accidents often result in more serious injuries than automobile collisions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,976 people died as a result of motorcycle accidents in 2015, and 88,000 motorcyclists were injured.
Arizona, with its long stretches of highway, warm weather and tourist attractions, has more than its share. These accidents don’t only cost lives, but the ripple effect causes damages that spread across the state by impacting its economy.
How Our Motorcycle Lawyers Help
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, Khalidi Law Firm, PLLC can help. Call to set up a free consultation to evaluate the merits of your claim. We receive no attorney fees unless we secure financial compensation for your injuries. Any expenses advanced by the law firm are recouped from the settlement or judgement.
Khalidi Law Firm PLLC has more than two decades’ experience litigating motorcycle accidents from our offices in Tucson’s Barrio Historico. If you’ve been in an accident, we have both the resources and the experience to help you navigate through the maze of legalities, to ensure that you know your rights and understand what comes next. We can help you recover expenses and compensation including:
- Hospital charges
- Rehab expenses
- Doctor’s bills
- Prescription drugs
- Physical therapy
- Assistive devices
- Home nursing care
- Household help
- Lost wages
- Reduced future earning ability
- Loss of companionship
- Funeral expenses
Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
- A Car Ahead Turns Left – Motorcycle accidents are frequently caused by a driver who fails to see the motorcycle or judges its speed incorrectly, turning in front of it at an intersection.
- Gravel In A Blind Corner – Turning a corner and hitting gravel, a patch of sand or other substances that can loosen the tires’ grip on the road.
- Cornering Too Fast – The motorcycle enters a turn too fast leaving no time to compensate.
- A Car Improperly Changes Lanes – Because motorcycles are smaller and harder to see, cars sometimes miss them in blind spots.
- Hit from Behind – This type of accident is extremely dangerous. When stopped at an intersection, stop sign, light, etc., a vehicle approaches from behind and doesn’t stop. Where in a car this rarely leads to major injury, on a motorcycle it can be devastating.
- Riding in Groups – When one rider in a group is inattentive and endangers the whole group through his actions.
- Car Door Opens Unexpectedly – Motorcycles are vulnerable to cars parked on the side of the street whose occupants open the door in their path.
- Road Conditions – All types of precipitation can make the road slippery. This is a hazard for all drivers, but especially for those with only two wheels.
- Alcohol-Related Incidents – Alcohol plays a role in an inexcusably high number of motorcycle accidents. DUI drivers may be more dangerous on motorcycles than in cars. NHTSA reports that in fatal motorcycle accidents, 43 percent involved alcohol.
For more information, see these tips on how to avoid motorcycle accidents.
Arizona Motorcycle Helmet Laws
Because of the danger to the head and prevalence of head injuries during accidents, many states have helmet laws in place to help ensure the safety of riders. Currently, 19 states and Washington, D.C. have universal laws in place that require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets. Nineteen states have laws in place requiring helmets for only some riders, generally based on age. Three states, Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire have no helmet laws in place. Arizona’s law requires riders 17 and younger to wear helmets.
Motorcycle Injury? Contact Our Lawyers
If you have been in an Arizona motorcycle accident, contact Khalidi Law Firm, PLLC today. Our team of experienced lawyers are here to help. Set up a free consultation to make sure your rights are protected by professionals.