Gilbert is a family-friendly community and home to many motorcycle enthusiasts. The community boasts one of Arizona’s most highly respected motorcycle safety training centers, where new riders can learn to ride and safely practice their skills and seasoned riders can hone their abilities and ensure they remain up-to-date on bike safety.
As a community within the Phoenix metro area, there are plenty of annual biker events and places to ride within close proximity. Of course, Arizona Bike Week is a major annual draw nearby. Motorcyclists from across the U.S. congregate and show off their bikes and gear during this major event, one many Gilbert riders never miss.
There are just under 200,000 registered motorcycles in Arizona, as of 2015. Since 2011, there are almost 40,000 new motorcycles registered in the state, making annual growth of this popular pastime and mode of transportation quite rapid. Around Gilbert, there are more motorcycles registered each day. This trend will only continue.
Whether you ride a motorcycle to save money on gas, for work commutes or to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery of Arizona, you always need to pay attention to your safety. It is often during short trips around riders’ home areas that they are seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle crash. To keep yourself from being one of these statistics, you should always wear appropriate gear and drive defensively in traffic where motorcycles are often overlooked by other motorists.
Gilbert and Maricopa County Motorcycle Accidents
Around Gilbert and throughout Maricopa County, there were about 2000 motorcycle accidents in 2015. This county’s accidents caused 1,619 motorcyclists to be injured and 86 to be killed.
Some of Gilbert’s most recent motorcycle accidents include:
- At the Gilbert exit of US Highway 60 heading east, a motorcycle accident blocked three lanes of traffic and was reported to have resulted in a motorcyclist’s fatality in February of 2013. The Friday evening accident occurred at about 7:00 p.m. and involved several vehicles.
- In April 2015, two motorcyclists were killed in a tragic accident. The single-vehicle accident occurred around 9:00 p.m. on a Saturday evening at the Power and Queen Creek area in Gilbert. Both the 41 year-old male rider and his 41 year-old female passenger were killed in the accident.
- A motorcyclist was killed on a Wednesday in October 2016 at around 7:45 a.m. in Gilbert’s neighboring town of Chandler, on Gilbert Road just south of Ocotillo Road. A four-door sedan hit the motorcyclist from behind on a sunny, clear morning. The rider was an adult male who died at the hospital from his injuries.
- In Gilbert’s neighboring town of Mesa, a motorcyclist was killed when his bike was overtaken by a large van with a trailer. The motorcycle was hit from behind on westbound U.S. 60 east of Alma School Road and the van driver fled from the scene. This accident occurred on a Monday morning in November 2016.
Like these Gilbert, Arizona area motorcycle accidents, a tragedy can affect a biker and his or her family any time of year. No one ever believes they will die in a motorcycle accident. But you can be one of these riders or passengers fatally injured, if not debilitated or severely injured in a motorcycle accident. You always have to remain cautious and aware to improve your best chances of returning home safely after your motorcycle rides around Gilbert and the rest of the state.
Arizona Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Arizona is a wonderful place to own and ride a motorcycle, that is for sure. There are plenty of days with weather that suits riding each year and the sunshine helps riders enjoy their commute, short trips or longer journeys. Because riding is so suited to Arizona, there is rarely a week that goes by that a motorcyclist does not have a wreck in Gilbert or surrounding communities.
According to the 2015 Arizona Crash Facts Summary made available by the Arizona Department of Transportation, below is a breakdown of the year’s motorcycle 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 Gilbert
- 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 Can Save You from Gilbert Motorcycle Accident Fatality
Arizona state law does not require helmets to be worn by motorcyclists aged 18 and over. Their passengers are also free to make their own choice about wearing one, as long as they are 18 or over, too. But wearing a helmet is a critical choice toward safety that you cannot make in the seconds before your accident occurs. It is a decision you need to make for yourself, before every ride. A helmet can make the difference between being killed in a Gilbert motorcycle accident, or possibly walking away from one. Below are some of Arizona’s 2015 statistics that show just how helmets are significant in preventing fatality and injury in Gilbert and statewide motorcycle accidents:
- 492 riders survived Arizona motorcycle accidents without any injuries. Only 85 rode without a helmet.
- 584 riders survived with serious and life-changing injuries. 300 of these had made the choice to not wear a helmet before their accident.
- 130 riders were killed, with only 54 having tried to remain safe by wearing a helmet at the time of their accident.
Gilbert Motorcycle Crashes Can Happen Anytime
There is no limit to when or where a Gilbert motorcycle accident can happen. Regardless of whether you are simply driving to the store or headed into work, even a short, routine motorcycle ride can be your last. Although it is true that an accident can at any time in Arizona, the six hours between 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. are the most dangerous timeframe for weekday riders. This is when most injuries occur in motorcycle crashes. But the deadliest time of day during the workweek for motorcyclists is 4:30 p.m., from Monday through Friday. More weekday motorcyclist deaths occur from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays, than at other times during the week.
Weekends are a different story. Motorcyclist deaths are most concentrated from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday, as compared to other weekend timeframes. There are more accidents occurring from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, but deaths more commonly occur in the morning hours.
Saturday is the most fatal day of the week and also the day on which most accidents happen to motorcycle riders in Gilbert. The safest motorcycle riding days in the community and throughout the rest of Arizona are Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In regard to Arizona fatalities, 41 motorcycle accident deaths happened on Saturdays in 2015. This is the worst day of the week for biker fatalities by far. Other days do not exceed 19 deaths statewide for motorcyclists. Tuesday is the safest day for Gilbert riders.
Saturdays are when the most motorcyclist DUI accidents causing injuries and death occur around Gilbert and in Arizona.
Gilbert Motorcycle Accident Details
Motorcycle accidents occurring in Gilbert can certainly happen at any time and on any day, as the above statistics and previous accident reports indicate. Of the 2,988 motorcycle accidents occurring in Gilbert and other parts of Arizona in 2015, the following 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
Speeding is the most frequent cause of Arizona’s motorcycle accident fatalities from year-to-year, as was the case in 2015. Either the motorcycle or another vehicle that is speeding can cause these wrecks. Out of 137 rider fatalities in 2015, 104 deaths were the fault of the rider and 33 were the fault of another driver. Speeding led to 44 of the fatal wrecks.
Most of Arizona’s 1827 accidents in 2015 were caused by a vehicle hitting the motorcyclist at an angle. In the state, 2015 accidents were at the following angles:
- 446 collisions with 26 fatally injured victims involved a vehicle’s left turn into the motorcyclist
- 18 fatalities of 622 accidents involved rear-end collisions
- 295 accidents were at an angle with 19 of these being fatal
- 267 sideswipe collisions, six of which were fatal
Of 2015’s 135 fatal motorcycle crashes, 26 involved unlicensed riders.
When a Gilbert Motorcycle Accident Happens to You
After your Gilbert motorcycle accident, you will likely feel immense stress and anxiety. These accidents are terrifying. If you are able to move around at the scene and do not need emergency medical treatment, there are things you should do while still at the site of the accident. If you are injured or too shaken to do these things, try to call a friend or loved one to come handle them for you. By doing so, you will have good evidence for your accident injury claim.
- 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 Gilbert motorcycle accident attorney immediately at 602.254.2701
- Speak to Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law injury lawyers BEFORE you deal with any insurance companies
How a Gilbert Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Will Help You
If your Gilbert motorcycle accident is someone else’s fault, your Gilbert motorcycle accident lawyer can help you file a claim to gain compensation for your injuries, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages.
When you have a Gilbert motorcycle accident attorney, you do not have to worry about handling insurance communications, settlement discussions or other processes in your insurance claim after the accident. The lawyer will do these for you, also using his or her reputation and experience to negotiate a suitable settlement from the often difficult insurance adjusters. If a suitable settlement is not reached, your attorney will take your case to court and ensure you receive the best possible outcome and judgment in your accident case.
Below are some of the damages that may be covered by your motorcycle accident claim:
- 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 Gilbert motorcycle accident, you need to immediately contact the experienced Gilbert motorcycle accident lawyers of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law at 602.254.2701 for a free, no-obligation consultation.