Chandler is a thriving and beautiful community with several leading Arizona motorcycle dealers in its city limits. Whether you prefer Harley Davidson, Indian, Japanese motorcycles, Euro bikes or custom models, you can find a place to buy, maintain and ride in Chandler. Of course, the annual Arizona Bike Week is nearby as one of Arizona’s biggest motorcycle events, occurring each spring. Having a motorcycle in Chandler, Arizona is an easy way to get through traffic for work, take short trips for local errands and even get out and explore the beauty of Arizona.
In Arizona, there are 199,721 registered motorcycles as of 2015. In the four years between 2011 and 2015, the motorcycle community in this state has expanded by over 36,000 more motorcycles. The weather and scenery of Arizona make owning a motorcycle an excellent choice for both economical and recreational enjoyment reasons.
With more and more motorcycles and other types of vehicles contributing to Chandler area traffic, particularly during commuting hours and for area sporting events, there are often times of traffic congestion. Nearby events like Bike Week, festivals, concerts, sporting events and other happenings add substantially to everyday risk for a motorcycle accident. Even an everyday commute to the office can lead to a catastrophic wreck that leaves you injured, suffering property damage and other damages. Such an accident can occur anywhere, including on major highways, city streets, rural roads or parking lots.
Motorcycles are always vulnerable to accidents. By the very nature of their design, motorcycles leave riders vulnerable to accidental injury and death. Anything can happen on any ride to cause a collision. In Chandler, riders are as vulnerable to having an accident as their counterparts in cities and other areas of Arizona.
Chandler and Maricopa County Motorcycle Accidents
During 2015 in Maricopa County, 2000 motorcyclists were in accidents. Chandler is one of the bustling and growing communities of Maricopa County, home to many riders who commute daily to Phoenix and other areas of the county for work during weekdays. Riders in Chandler also explore the rest of Maricopa County and throughout Arizona on their motorcycles year round. Accidents in Maricopa County during 2015 led to 1619 injuries and 86 fatalities of motorcycle riders.
Chandler is frequently the scene of bike accidents. Some of the more recent wrecks include:
- Near Ray and Kyene Roads, a 58 year-old man not wearing a helmet suffered life-threatening injuries in a motorcycle accident just after 6:00 a.m. on a Monday in November, 2016. The man was cut off in traffic as a minivan turned left in front of him. Left turn accidents like these are the most common form of motorcycle accidents with other vehicles, according to the Hurt Report.
- A Chandler man died in a motorcycle accident caused by his impact with the rear of a vehicle in front of him in the HOV lane of US Hwy 60 near Mill Lane. The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike and hit by another car on the highway, according to authorities. The accident occurred just after 4:00 p.m. on a September 2016 Thursday.
- A motorcycle accident occurred on Gilbert Road just south of Ocotillo Road on a Wednesday in October at 7:45 a.m., taking the life of the motorcycle rider. The motorcycle was hit by a small sedan.
- On Ray Road east of Lindsay Road, a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a car on a Wednesday afternoon in August.
As the above examples indicate, Chandler motorcycle accidents can happen even in broad daylight. No one ever expects to die in a motorcycle accident, but too many riders in the community go out for a short ride or their daily commute and never return home.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics of Arizona
Unfortunately, every year is as dangerous as or more dangerous than the year before, for motorcycle riders. 2015 was no exception, when it comes to motorcycle accidents. Because Arizona has such beautiful riding weather throughout the year, there is rarely a week without someone in Chandler being hurt or injured while out riding their bike.
The AZ Department of Transportation’s Arizona Crash Facts Summary provides annual reports with updated motorcycle accident statistics. Below is a summary of 2015’s Arizona crashes:
- 2911 motorcycle accidents in the state
- 1827 accidents involved other parties
- 1,084 were one single vehicle wrecks of a motorcycle only
- 132 wrecks caused fatalities
- 2329 were injury accidents with 2497 people injured and 134 people killed
- 2704 collisions occurred in urban locations like Chandler
- 737 accidents were in rural areas
- 150 accidents involved alcohol DUI of a motorcyclist
- 16 accidents involved a motorcyclist’s drug DUI
- 1 accident involved a medicated motorcyclist
- 1395 motorcyclists were without any fault in their accident
- 71 motorcyclists in every 1000 AZ registered bikes will be killed in a motorcycle wreck
Helmet Wear Is Important in Arizona Motorcycle Accidents
In Arizona, riders and their passengers age 18 and over do not have to wear helmets. But wearing a helmet is key to surviving a motorcycle accident. Below are some of 2015’s Arizona statistics specifying how helmets played a role in accident injuries and deaths in Chandler and the rest of the state:
- 492 riders survived accidents without any injuries. Only 85 of these very lucky survivors were not wearing a helmet.
- 584 riders survived with serious and debilitating injuries. 300 of these riders were without helmets or helmet wear could not be verified.
- 130 riders were fatally injured in their accidents, with only 54 having worn a helmet.
Chandler Motorcycle Accidents Can Happen Any Time of Day
As the previously mentioned Chandler accidents indicate, a motorcycle accident can happen on any day of the week and at any time. Since motorcyclists and their riders are so vulnerable to accidents with other vehicles or on their own, both auto drivers and motorcycle riders should remain attentive while driving and focus on the road and its traffic. Everyone has a significant part in motorcycle safety, not just the people who ride these two and three-wheeled vehicles. Motorcyclists rely on everyone on the roads being aware, considerate in sharing the road, and sober at the wheel.
Although an accident can at any time in Arizona, 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. is the most dangerous timeframe for weekday riders. These six hours are when most accidents happen each day. The deadliest time of day for motorcyclists is 4:30 p.m., the height of afternoon rush hour. More deaths occur for motorcyclists from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays, than during other hours.
Weekends are a different story. More deaths of riders occur from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday, than other weekend time spans. There are more accidents occurring from noon to 6:00 p.m. on weekends, but fatalities are more concentrated in morning hours.
Saturday is the deadliest day of the week for motorcycle accidents. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday provide the safest motorcycle riding in Chandler and throughout Arizona. As far as fatal injuries go, 41 motorcycle accident fatalities occurred on Saturdays in 2015. All of the other six weekdays did not experience more than 19 deaths each. Tuesday is the safest day among all seven for motorcyclists in Chandler and around the state.
Most motorcyclist DUI accidents causing injuries and death happen on Saturdays.
Reasons for Chandler’s Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents in Chandler can certainly happen regardless the calendar date or time of day. In regard to the 2,988 motorcycle accidents occurring in Chandler and other areas of Arizona in 2015, the following statements are true:
- Motorcyclists were not at fault in 1395 accidents
- Speeding was the cause of 846 accidents
- 61 were due to the rider’s failure to yield
- 99 accidents were the fault of riders following other vehicles too closely
- 11 motorcycle riders neglected to stop at a stop sign
- 51 riders ignored a traffic signal
- 28 riders made improper turns
- 25 motorcyclists drove against traffic in an opposing lane
- 7 accidents were blamed on faulty parts or equipment
- 8 riders did not use required equipment
- 8 riders ignored a no passing zone and passed traffic
- 42 riders made unsafe lane changes
- 63 riders veered into an opposing lane of traffic
- 22 motorcycle riders unsafely passed other vehicles
- 16 motorcyclists engaged in distracted driving
Other drivers or speeding motorcyclists were at fault in most of the fatal motorcycle accidents of 2015. Of 137 fatal accidents, 104 were the fault of the rider and 33 were the fault of another driver. Forty four of the wrecks causing fatality among riders were due to the motorcyclist going too fast for the road conditions or speed limit.
In the 1827 accidents involving motorcycles and other vehicles in 2015, most accidents involved the motorcyclist being hit by another vehicle from an angle. Below are collision angles as they occurred in those wrecks:
- 446 collisions with 26 fatally injured victims were during a vehicle’s left turn into the motorcyclist’s path
- 18 of 622 accidents involving rear-end collisions were fatal
- 295 accidents were at an angle with 19 being fatal
- 267 were sideswipe collisions with six of those being fatal
Of the 135 fatal motorcycle crashes in 2015, 26 involved motorcycle operators who did not have a valid motorcycle operator’s license at the time of the accident.
When a Chandler Motorcycle Accident Happens to You
You will likely be very stressed after your Chandler motorcycle accident, if you are lucky to have only sustained slight injuries. When a Chandler motorcycle accident happens to you, you need to make note of details that will ensure your best possible chance of recovering compensation for your injuries, property damage and other damages. If you cannot accomplish these things yourself, you can get a trusted friend or family member to do so for you:
- Make note of the accident’s date and time
- Write down observations of weather conditions at the time of the accident and the scene
- Take photos of the damaged vehicles and accident scene
- Obtain contact information of witnesses and a few notes about their observations
- Maintain insurance declarations
- Write down your thoughts about how the accident happened
- Keep all of your accident records in one place, including the police report
- Talk with a motorcycle accident attorney BEFORE signing anything or allowing the insurance company to record you
- Call a Chandler motorcycle accident attorney immediately at 602.254.2701
- Speak to Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law injury lawyers BEFORE you deal with any insurance companies
What a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Do For You
When you are not at fault in your biking accident, the at-fault or negligent party in your wreck may owe you compensation for your injuries, property damage and other damages. You can ensure you receive the highest possible compensation for your damages with the help of an experienced Chandler motorcycle accident lawyer:
- Medical expenses
- Prescription and over-the-counter medication costs
- Imaging study costs, such as for MRIs, CT scans and X-rays
- Hospital bills
- Rehab costs
- Lost income or wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Property damage, motorcycle replacement or repair
- Auto rental
- Towing charges
- Other damages
After your motorcycle accident, your next communication about the accident should be with an experienced Chandler motorcycle accident lawyer. The attorneys of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law have the experience and skill you need, to stand up against insurance adjustors and gain the compensation deserved for your accident expenses.
As a client of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law, your experienced attorneys will help you through the legal process and explain all aspects of filing your legal claim and the associated processes. They handle many of the case details so you do not have to worry about them, such as:
- Determination of fault
- Claims process
- Investigation of the accident
- Insurance company communications
- Damages and injury compensation
- Government liability
- Structured settlements
Arizona statutes of limitations govern how much time you have to file your Chandler motorcycle accident claim. These statutes usually only allow six to 24 months for legal filing. So you should reach out to an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible, to ensure your time to file does not expire.
Call for your FREE Consultation with Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
The motorcycle accident lawyers of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law are on your side and will work hard for you to help you recover all of your damages suffered in your motorcycle accident. Even better, you do not have to pay any legal fees until your case is settled or won. Call the Law Offices of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law now at 602.254.2701 for a free, no-obligation consultation about your Chandler motorcycle accident.