Arizona Motorcycle Collisions and Injuries
A Phoenix AZ motorcycle accident attorney can assist victims injured as a result of motorcycle crashes.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA) there are three things that motorcyclists can do to stay safe: make themselves visible, use DOT- compliant motorcycle helmets, and always ride sober.
Be visible: The majority of multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes occur because other drivers simply didn’t see the motorcyclist. Wearing brightly colored clothing with reflective material helps other vehicles to see you. Keep headlights, even high beams, on at all times. Drive defensively to maintain safe distances from other drivers so they can see you in their mirrors. When a distracted, drunk or negligent driver causes a motorcycle crash a Phoenix AZ motorcycle accident attorney may be able to help the injured motorcyclist or his, her passengers, with a potential injury claim for damages.
Wear a helmet: NHTSA believes that helmets saved over 1,800 motorcyclists’ lives in 2016. They suggest that an additional 802 motorcyclists could have been saved if all motorcyclists wore helmets.
Arms and legs should be completely covered when riding a motorcycle. Shoes or boots should cover the ankle, and gloves are helpful to improve grip and protect hands in the case of a crash.
Recently 19 states and the District of Columbia required all riders to wear helmets. In states without universal helmet laws, 60 percent of deaths occurred when a rider was not wearing a helmet. In states with universal helmet laws, 8 percent of deaths occurred without a helmet present. In Arizona, the numbers are worse than the national averages. At least sixty-two percent of motorcycle fatalities occurred when the rider was not wearing a helmet.
The issue of requiring motorcycle helmets is controversial in Arizona. Some argue that laws requiring helmets save lives, reduce head injuries, and medical costs. Further, helmet advocates state that helmets do not reduce visibility or impair hearing. They also argue that helmet laws don’t restrict people’s freedom any more than other accepted public safety laws, like prohibitions covering drunk driving or using cell phones while driving.
Helmet laws are a matter of state law, in Arizona an operator or passenger of a motorcycle, all terrain vehicle or motor driven cycle under 18 years old is required to wear a protective helmet. Riders 18 and over are not required to wear a helmet.
However, if an operator or passenger is injured, and not wearing a helmet, in a personal injury case a jury may consider whether, under certain circumstances, the nonuse of the helmet may reduce the amount of damages that the injured motorcyclist may receive.
The defense has to prove that use of a helmet would have prevented specific injuries, if so the injured person’s damages that are awarded may be reduced by the percentage of fault assessed to the injured motorcyclist.
Always ride sober: Thirty-seven percent of motorcycle riders killed in single-vehicle crashes in 2016 were alcohol related. Twenty-five percent of motorcycle riders killed in crashes in 2016 were alcohol impaired – more than drivers of any other vehicle types. Thirty- four percent of motorcycle fatalities in Arizona happened after the motorcyclist had been drinking.
Motorcyclists also need to make sure they are road ready. Twenty-seven percent of motorcyclists killed in crashes in 2016 were riding without valid motorcycle licenses. In order to receive the proper endorsement in most states, riders need to pass a written and on cycle skills tests. Completing a motorcycle rider class is recommended to ensure that you have the information and experience to ride your motorcycle with increased safety.
One of the most frequent type of motorcycle accidents involve left hand turn collisions at intersections, motor vehicle drivers may not see or safely recognize an oncoming motorcycle, its’ presence, speed or distance.
With three decades of serving Arizona families in personal injury and wrongful death litigation, the Law Office of Paul Englander, PLC is focused on providing experienced representation, personal attention to the client is the norm, unlike other, big firms. We work exclusively in cases involving personal injury and wrongful death, serving our neighbors all across Arizona and protecting their rights, their families. If you’ve suffered a serious injury or the loss of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to recover fair damages and compensation.
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When serious injuries occur as a result of a motorcycle crash a Phoenix AZ motorcycle accident attorney should be consulted, to discuss fault, damages, legal options, there should be no fee for the confidential consultation. Call the Law Office of Paul Englander, PLC today.