Motorcycles offer both enjoyment and an efficient means of transportation. Unfortunately, they can also pose significant dangers. According to Arizona Department of Transportation, in 2021, 2,594 crashes involving motorcycles were reported, with 2,052, or about 79%, resulting in injuries. Accidents result in the loss of lives for hundreds of Arizonans annually, with thousands more sustaining injuries, affecting both drivers and bystanders. These incidents frequently lead to injuries such as head and neck trauma, broken bones, and road rash. The causes of these accidents are often quite common, typically stemming from a few key factors.
Common Causes of Accidents:
● Lane Splitting – Lane splitting is a leading cause of accidents for Arizona motorcyclists, involving riding between lanes of parked or moving vehicles. While it allows motorcyclists to bypass traffic, it is illegal and highly dangerous. The risk of an unexpected door opening or a sudden lane change by a motorist, unaware of the motorcycle in their blind spot, is ever-present.
● Distracted Driving – Distracted driving is another significant contributor to motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists are advised to maintain focus on the road, deferring activities like texting, changing music, or consulting navigation tools until reaching their destination or pulling over in a safe location.
● Impaired Driving – Unfortunately, impaired driving remains a major concern, claiming lives among motorcyclists in Arizona. Choosing not to drive under the influence is crucial. Always opt for a designated driver or arrange alternative transportation when consuming alcohol.
● Speeding – Excessive speed is a common factor in vehicle accidents, including motorcycles. Adhering to posted speed limits and adjusting speed according to road conditions is essential for preventing accidents.
Ways Arizona Motorcyclists Can Stay Safe:
● Stay Alert – Motorcyclists can enhance their safety by maintaining situational awareness. Staying alert to road conditions and observing the behavior of other drivers is a crucial defense against accidents.
● Obey the Rules of the Road – Following local traffic laws is not about limiting the enjoyment of riding a motorcycle but ensuring safety for oneself and other drivers. Adhering to traffic regulations can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
● Avoid Bad Weather – Driving in adverse weather conditions is risky, especially on a motorcycle. If weather conditions deteriorate, it is advisable to pull over and wait for improved conditions to ensure safety on the road.
● Wear a Helmet – Wearing a helmet is vital for motorcycle safety. Riders who wear helmets experience a 50% reduced mortality rate in accidents compared to those who do not. It is a critical safety measure that can save lives.
Have you been injured on your motorcycle? You may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today at Simon Law Group to learn more!