Over the last four years, several key statistics involving Arizona motorcycle accidents show a decrease in accidents and injuries. At the same time, the number of motorcycle registrations increased 33%. However, Arizona motorcyclists still have problems with other drivers either ignoring motorcyclists or failing to see them. Unfortunately, this means every rider is at an increased risk of sustaining serious injuries or losing their life, even if they follow all traffic laws. Evaluating some key statistics will give you a better understanding of the conditions that lead to motorcycle wrecks.
A Hard Look at the Numbers
A motorcycle accident can come out of nowhere and happen at any time of the day or night. However, some conditions and situations result in a higher frequency of accidents. Let’s take a look at some key statistics from 2020 collected by the Arizona Department of Transportation.
- 2,317 motorcycle accidents occurred in 2020
- 1,810 people sustained injuries and there were 161 fatalities
- 77.13% of all accidents occurred in an urban area
- 1,309 wrecks involved a collision with another vehicle
- 455 wrecks involved a collision with a fixed object (a 56% increase in the last 4 years)
- 1,533 accidents occurred during the day
- 532 accidents involved a rider exceeding the speed limit
These numbers illuminate a few important things every motorcyclist should know. First, riding at night isn’t more dangerous than in daylight. The larger number of daytime accidents is most likely due to heavier traffic during the day. Furthermore, other vehicles on the road are, without a doubt, the biggest threat to motorcyclists.
Contact a Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Yes, there’s an added risk when operating a motorcycle as opposed to driving a car. Other drivers on the road have a responsibility to respect motorcyclists and remain alert when driving alongside them. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident and feel the other driver was negligent, you have a right to seek compensation. The personal injury attorneys at Miller Kory Rowe, LLP have years of experience representing victims of accidents. Contact us at (602) 737-0342 to schedule a consultation.