Avondale, Arizona Motorcycle Accidents
Avondale, Arizona is a growing community of about 76,000 residents year-round. At certain times of year, the community hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors who arrive to experience the region’s big-ticket sports events. Avondale is a 2016 All-America City finalist and provides many great places for motorcycle riders to drive and meet with others under Arizona’s sunshine.
Avondale is growing as quickly as the rest of the Phoenix area. As this growth continues, the community’s roads will become more and more crowded with cars, motorcycles and other vehicles. In 2015, there were 199,721 registered motorcycles in the state. This is over 36,000 more motorcycles than only four years prior, in 2011.
With more residents on the roads and mass surges of sporting events, there is always potential for a motorcycle accident to occur. An accident can happen anywhere in Avondale at any time, on roads, in intersections, within crossings or on highways.
Motorcycles are terribly vulnerable to accidents and leave riders equally vulnerable to injury or fatality. Drunk, distracted and reckless drivers are as much of a problem for motorcyclists in Avondale as they are anywhere else. Often, motorcycle riders cause accidents in this community, too.
Statistics of Arizona Motorcycle Accidents
Statistics for motorcycle accidents on Arizona’s roads indicate that 2015 was as dangerous as prior years were for drivers and passengers. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents will likely always be an issue in the state that offers some of the best weather for motorcyclists who commute or take long rides to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
The Arizona Crash Facts Summary of the Arizona Department of Transportation reports statistics of state motorcycle accidents. Below is a summary of motorcycle crashes for 2015:
- 2911 motorcycle accidents in Arizona
- 1827 of these 2911 accidents involved other vehicles
- 1,084 were one motorcycle-only wrecks
- 132 wrecks caused fatal injuries
- 2329 injury accidents
- 134 people were killed
- 2497 were injured
- 2704 collisions occurred in communities and urban areas like Avondale
- 737 accidents were rural
- 150 accidents involved a motorcyclist alcohol DUI
- 16 accidents involved a drugged motorcyclist
- 1 accident involved a medicated motorcyclist
- 1395 motorcyclists did not have any fault in their accident
- 71 motorcyclists in every 1000 with registered bikes in Arizona will be killed in a motorcycle accident
Maricopa County and Avondale Motorcycle Accident Statistics
In Maricopa County in 2015, there were 1,939 motorcycle accidents. Avondale is located within Maricopa County. There were 1619 injuries and 86 fatalities among motorcyclists in these Maricopa county wrecks.
Role of Helmets in Arizona Motorcycle Accidents
Wearing a helmet in Arizona is not required by law for motorcycle riders aged 18 or older. But helmet wear still plays a significant role in accident survival and injuries among riders in the state. Below are some statistics of helmet use in Arizona’s 2911 motorcycle accidents during 2015:
- 492 riders walked away without injury in all of Arizona’s motorcycle accidents. Only 85 of these were indicated to not have been wearing a helmet.
- 584 riders suffered incapacitating injuries. 300 of these were not wearing helmets or helmet wear could not be verified.
- 130 riders were fatally injured. Only 54 of these were confirmed helmet wearers at the time of their accident.
Motorcycle Accidents Can Occur Anytime in Avondale
In Avondale, a motorcycle accident can occur any time and on any day of the year. For this reason, drivers and motorcyclists should always pay attention and focus on driving. Motorcyclists can engage in distracted, drowsy and drunk driving as much as auto drivers. For this reason, everyone needs to do their part when sharing the road and work to remain distraction-free, alcohol-free and alert.
Noon to 6:00 p.m. are the most dangerous hours for driving a motorcycle or riding on one as a passenger during weekdays. These are the six hours during which motorcycle accident counts spike each working day. The most deadly time of day for motorcycle operators is 4:30 p.m. during the week, the height of afternoon rush hour. More deaths occur among motorcyclists from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on these days, than at other times of day.
On weekends, more motorcycle fatalities occur from 9:00 a.m. to noon, than during other weekend hours. There are more wrecks from noon to 6:00 p.m. on weekends, but the fatalities are still heaviest in the morning.
The worst day of the week for motorcycle accidents is Saturday. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are the safest days for riding your motorcycle around Avondale and other parts of the state. As far as fatalities are concerned, 41 fatalities happened on Saturdays in 2015. All other days of the week did not experience more than 19 deaths each, with Tuesday being the least fatal day for motorcyclists.
Saturdays are also the worst days for all motorcycle DUI accidents and motorcycle DUI fatalities.
Causes of Avondale’s Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can certainly happen anywhere, anytime and as a result of a wide variety of causes. Of 2015’s 2,988 motorcycle accidents in Avondale and other communities of Arizona, the following statistics have been determined:
- 1395 accidents were not the motorcyclist’s fault
- 846 involved a speeding motorcyclist
- 61 were due to the rider’s failure to yield
- 99 involved riders following other vehicles too closely
- 11 riders ran a stop sign
- 51 riders disregarded a traffic signal
- 28 riders made an improper turn
- 25 riders drove in the wrong lane of traffic
- 7 riders operated their motorcycle with faulty parts or equipment
- 8 riders did not use required equipment
- 8 riders passed traffic in the no passing zone
- 42 riders made an unsafe lane change
- 63 riders veered into another lane of traffic
- 22 riders committed unsafe passing
- 16 motorcyclists were distracted driving
Of fatal motorcycle accidents, the vast majority were caused by other drivers or the motorcyclist’s speeding. There were 137 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2015. Other drivers were at fault in 33 of these and 44 were due to the rider’s excessive speed.
In regard to the 1827 multiple vehicle crashes involving motorcycles in 2015, below are the angles of the collisions between involved vehicles:
- 446 were during a vehicle’s left turn with 26 being fatal
- 622 were rear-end collisions with 18 being fatal
- 295 were at an angle at 19 were fatal
- 267 were a sideswipe with 6 being fatal
In 135 fatal motorcycle crashes in 2015, 28 operators did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the accident.
When You Are Involved in an Avondale Motorcycle Accident
Being in an accident is always nerve-wracking. This is particularly true of motorcycle accidents, whether you have collided with a motorcycle or you were driving the motorcycle, yourself. The accident scene is often chaotic and motorcycle accident victims are particularly vulnerable to many kinds of trauma that can be very difficult to witness.
When a motorcycle accident occurs in Avondale, it is important that injured victims get details they need to ensure the best possible chance of recovering damages suffered in the accident. If you are not able to gather this information yourself due to your injuries, you should try to get someone you trust to obtain the details for you:
- Write down the accident’s time and date
- Make notes about weather conditions from the time of the accident
- Record any of your observations of the scene
- Take photos of the scene and damaged vehicles
- Obtain contact info for witnesses
- Maintain insurance declarations
- Make notes regarding your thoughts on how the accident occurred
- Keep accident records in one place
- Obtain a copy of the police report
- Do NOT sign anything or allow the insurance company to record you until you have spoken with a motorcycle accident attorney
- Contact an Avondale motorcycle accident lawyer immediately at 602.254.2701
- Speak to Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law injury lawyers BEFORE dealing with insurance companies
The Help a Personal Injury and Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Will Provide
When someone else is at fault or negligent in causing your motorcycle accident, these expenses can be compensated for through insurance policies with the help of an experienced Arizona motorcycle accident lawyer:
- Hospital bills
- Prescription medications
- Over-the-counter medication
- Accident-related medical bills
- Injury rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Auto rental
- Towing charges
- Other damages
Your first call after your accident should be to the motorcycle accident lawyers of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law. Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law’s lawyers have extensive experience in handling Avondale motor vehicle accidents, including those involving motorcycles.
As an Avondale client of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law, experienced attorneys will help you get through the accident claim process and will handle many of the details of your case, such as:
- Fault determination
- Claims process
- Insurance company communications
- Damages and injury compensation
- Government liability
- Structured settlements
Your motorcycle accident will involve statutes of limitations. So it is important that you contact the knowledgeable attorneys of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law as soon after the accident as possible.
Call for a FREE Consultation with Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
A motorcycle accident likely left you stressed and in pain. These are two of many reasons why you need the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer who will help you through the claim process. When a Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law accident lawyer is working on your side, insurance companies know they will have to compensate you as you deserve for your accident injuries, property damage, loss of income and other damages. You do not have to pay any legal fees until the attorneys of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law win or settle your case. Call the Law Offices of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law now at 602.254.2701 for a free, no-obligation motorcycle accident consultation.