A motorcycle accident is quite different from a collision between two passenger vehicles. A motorcycle rider isn’t protected by a steel frame, making them more vulnerable. In addition, other drivers tend to either ignore motorcyclists or fail 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. However, there are a number of precautions motorcyclists can take to cut down on the chance of an accident. 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 2017 collected by the Arizona Department of Transportation.
- 2,907 motorcycle accidents occurred in 2017
- 2,413 people sustained injuries
- 76.09% of all accidents occurred in an urban area
- 1,710 wrecks involved a collision with another vehicle
- 292 wrecks involved a collision with a fixed object
- 1,956 accidents occurred during the day
- 154 accidents involved a rider under the influence of alcohol
- 699 accidents involved a rider exceeding the speed limit
- 641 accidents resulted in only minor injuries when the rider wore a helmet
- 227 accidents resulted in no injuries when the rider wore a helmet
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.
Safety Tips Every Motorcyclist Needs to Know
Head trauma is one of the most common types of injuries sustained by motorcyclists. This is why wearing a helmet is so important. Currently, there isn’t a helmet law in the state of Arizona. However, a proposed bill would change safety standards by imposing a fine of $500 for cyclists not wearing a helmet when pulled over. In addition to using a helmet, every operator of a motorcycle should take additional precautions.
As tempting as it may be, riders should never exceed the speed limit. Riders should obey all traffic laws and employ defensive driving techniques. It’s also important to avoid poor road conditions and check the weather prior to riding.
Motorcyclists should have their bikes inspected on a regular basis to ensure things like turn signals and brakes are functioning properly. Finally, cyclists should only ride based on their skill level. If you’re a beginner, you should avoid heavy traffic until you’re 100% comfortable.
Contact a Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Yes, there’s an added risk when operating a motorcycle as opposed to driving a car. However, 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.