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. In addition, a 2017 study from the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that there were 2,194 motorcycle injuries each year per 100,000 registered motorcycles. That’s three times the injury rate for other vehicles.
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 Tucson Motorcycle Accident 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. A Tucson motorcycle accident lawyer at Khalidi Law Firm 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
Be Careful on These Dangerous Tucson Roads
Not all roads are created equal. Poor design, heavy traffic, and poor road maintenance can make certain roads more dangerous than others. Motorcyclists should take special care around these five intersections, which are the location of 1 in 30 accidents in Tucson:
- Alvernon Way and Grant Road— Between 2010-2012, there were 72 crashes per year at this intersection.
- Grant and Swan—This intersection averages 69 crashes per year.
- Golf Links Road and Kolb Road— There are an average of 60 crashes per year at this crossroads. That’s more than one per week.
- Broadway and Wilmot—Where these two streets meet, there are an average of 60 crashes per year.
- 22ndStreet and Kolb Road—With only two less accidents than the two above intersections, this one has 58 crashes per year.
Take extra care around these intersections and in general when you’re on Kolb Road or Grant Road. But if you are involved in an accident, contact a Tucson motorcycle accident lawyer after you receive proper medical treatment.
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.
Pay Special Attention in Tucson Intersections to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents
NHTSA research points to intersections as particularly dangerous for drivers. Vehicles turning left, crossing lanes, and even turning right create added opportunity for collisions. Because car drivers are less likely to see motorcycles than other cars or trucks, riders are in even greater danger at a crossroads.
Several factors play a role in intersection accidents. Drivers making left turns present the most common pre-condition for an accident with 22.2% attributed to this maneuver. Closely behind, at 20%, is when a vehicle leaves a roadway. Be wary at intersections with stoplights. They account for over 52% of accidents, with intersections controlled by stop signs being the site of over 31% of accidents.
The vast majority of intersection accidents are attributed to driver error, rather than road or weather conditions.
Whether a driver is inattentive, aggressive, fails to look thoroughly for other vehicles — particularly motorcycles — when making a turn, misjudges speed of other vehicles or makes incorrect assumptions about what other drivers will do, the result of these errors, regardless of the type, can be serious injury.
For more information, see these tips on how to avoid motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, in some situations, an coach is very hard, if not impossible, to avoid. If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a bike wreck, talk to a Tucson motorcycle accident lawyer at Khalidi Law Firm for experienced and compassionate representation. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Our consultations are free, so don’t hesitate to contact us.
Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 15 percent of motorcyclists treated in the hospital experienced a TBI. These are some of the most severe injuries motorcyclists can receive, taking place when an object hits the head with great force. Motorcycle riders who wear helmets are still at risk of a TBI because they are not restrained by a seatbelt in an accident. At the moment of impact, a rider can travel farther, and potentially at a higher speed, than a person in a car.
- Broken Bones—Broken ribs, legs, and fractured skulls are the most common, but any bone in the body can potentially be broken in an accident. Limbs are not restrained in a motorcycle accident and are more susceptible to serious injury.
- Spinal Cord Injuries—A spinal cord injury takes place when the cord is either damaged or severed. These injuries are quite severe and can result in permanent partial or full paralysis. Riders can be thrown in an accident which increases potential for a severe injury to the spine.
- Internal Injuries—If the body is hit hard enough, the organs inside can be damaged or even punctured. Internal injuries are especially dangerous if they go undetected. It is important to be aware of the possibility for such injuries because a rider’s body may have impact with parts of a motorcycle, or other objects along a roadway at the time of a crash. In the instant of impact, a rider may not recall what happened and what parts of their body may have been injured. Medical assessment that includes examination for possible internal injuries should be part of the treatment that immediately follows a motorcycle accident.
If you or a loved one suffers any of these injuries, seek medical care before contacting a Tucson motorcycle accident lawyer.
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.
Biking Injury? Contact Our Tucson Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you have been in a Tucson motorcycle accident, contact Khalidi Law Firm, PLLC today. Our team of experienced attorneys are here to help you get the compensation you deserve so you can move on with your life. Set up a free consultation to make sure your rights are protected by professionals.