Wrongful Death Lawyer Scottsdale AZ
Remember Motorcycle Safety
Light traffic from coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders and spring weather has beckoned motorcycle riders to hit the open roads. Recent and very serious motorcycle crashes in the Phoenix metropolitan area have shed light on rider safety. A wrongful death lawyer Scottsdale AZ can advise collision victims regarding a potential personal injury claim.
- April 22 in Phoenix: Police say a 30-year-old female motorcyclist was killed after being struck by an impaired driver on 20th Street just south of Highland Avenue.
- April 8 in Phoenix: Investigators say a 17-year-old male motorcyclist died in a collision with a pickup truck that was making a turn onto Encanto Boulevard near 48th Avenue.
- March 18 in Phoenix: Firefighters say a 30-year-old man and 20-year-old woman were in critical condition after the motorcycle they were riding on collided with a car near 19th and Campbell Avenues.
The City of Phoenix has been tracking motorcycle collision trends for years. A 2016 Motorcycle Collision Study, which compiled traffic data from 2012 through 2016, revealed the following:
- male motorcyclists were involved in more collisions at a male: female ratio of 10.5:1
- Nearly seven out of ten collisions occurred at or within 150 feet of an intersection
- 69% of collisions occurred while the motorcyclist was riding straight
- Less than 2 in 10 motorcyclists involved in a collision are not injured
- Motorcycles are less than 4% of registered vehicles in Arizona but 15% of the fatalities statewide
A wrongful death lawyer Scottsdale AZ can investigate fault and available coverage.
With motorcycle ownership at an all-time high and more riders than ever before, the statistics on victims and circumstances have changed over the years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been tracking some of these trends:
Age: In 2010, more than half the people killed in motorcycle crashes were 40 or older, up from 25% in 1995.
Sex: While only 10% of riders killed in motorcycle crashes in 2010 were women, almost all passengers (89%) killed in motorcycle crashes were women.
Helmets: Forty-one percent of motorcycle operators and 50% of motorcycle passengers who died in 2010 were not wearing a helmet.
Location: More people are killed in motorcycle crashes on rural roads now than 20 years ago. Roughly half of all crashes take place on rural roads.
Alcohol: When people drink and ride, they are at much greater risk of crashing and dying. Twenty-eight percent of motorcycle riders who died in 2010 had a blood alcohol concentration that was at or above the legal limit of .08.
Motorcycle Type: The majority of people who die in crashes are riding sport motorcycles with mid-size engines designed to maximize speed and agility.
Preventing debilitating injuries and deaths from motorcycle crashes is an ongoing public health concern. The U.S. economic burden from crash-related injuries and deaths in 2012 year alone totaled $12 billion. Helmets are proven to save lives. If you or a loved one is involved in a crash, reach out to a personal injury attorney. A wrongful death lawyer Scottsdale AZ can explain the settlement and litigation process. Contact Paul Englander, PLC today.