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Look Twice, Save a Life: Stay Aware of Arizona Motorcyclists

Every journey on Arizona's roads carries its own risks, but for motorcyclists, those risks can be especially high. The exhilaration of the open road comes with a sobering reality: sharing the pavement demands heightened awareness and respect from all travelers. In the wake of recent tragedies like the one in Glendale, the call for change has never been louder. Let's delve into the statistics, the proposed Martin's Law, and practical tips for making Arizona’s roads for everyone, but especially motorcyclists. 

Understanding the Statistics 

Arizona's allure lies not only in its stunning landscapes but also in its favorable weather for motorcycle enthusiasts. However, behind the thrill of the ride lies a somber truth: with good motorcycle weather comes increased motorcycle accidents and fatalities. According to data from the Arizona Department of Transportation, in 2002 motorcyclists made up 2% of all vehicle crashes but 14% of fatalities.  

Such staggeringly high numbers show that while riding may be good in Arizona, it’s also dangerous. That’s why it is important to keep your eyes open for motorcyclists when you’re operating your vehicle anywhere in Arizona. As the old saying goes: Look twice, save a life.  

Introducing Martin's Law 

In the aftermath of tragedy, the rallying cry for change often emerges. Martin's Law is a testament to this. Proposed in response to the heartbreaking loss of Martin Hunt in a hit-and-run accident, this bill seeks to enact significant reforms to Arizona's legal landscape. If passed, Martin's Law would impose harsher penalties for hit-and-run offenders and establish a statewide database of such incidents. Additionally, it aims to enhance awareness campaigns to educate drivers about safely sharing the road with motorcyclists. 

How You Can Help 

As a responsible motorist and good citizen of Arizona, chances are you’re wondering how you can help increase awareness about motorcyclist safety. In addition to always obeying traffic laws here are a few extra things you can do while driving to keep yourself and motorcyclists safe.  

  • Always check blind spots before a lane change. 

  • Keep a safe following distance from motorcycles. 

  • Use turn signals to indicate your intentions. 

  • Avoid distracted driving. 

  • Stay mindful of weather conditions and their impact on road safety. 

  • Stay alert. 

  • Be patient. 

By following this list of tips along with all standard Arizona traffic and safety laws, you will not only be making the roads safer for yourself, but for your neighbors, friends, family and motorcyclists alike.  

Schedule Your Free Consultation Today 

As we navigate the highways and byways of Arizona, let's remember that safety is a shared responsibility. Martin's Law represents a beacon of hope in the quest for safer roads for motorcyclists. However, change begins with each one of us. Whether you're behind the handlebars or the steering wheel, your actions matter. Let's honor the memory of those we've lost by committing to greater awareness, respect, and empathy on the road. 

Have you or a loved one been injured while riding a motorcycle in Arizona? If so, hire a lawyer that rides, schedule online or call Simon Law Group at 480-745-2450 for your free consultation today! 


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