Glendale is a growing suburb of Phoenix, but is never overshadowed by the bigger city, thanks to its thriving entertainment options and sports events. For motorcyclists, weekly Westgate Bike Nights in the fall provide an opportunity for bikers to ride and check out the bikes of others from around the Phoenix and Glendale areas. Hundreds of bikers attend this weekly event from September to November, just as so many more attend Arizona Bike Week and other motorcycle events around the Phoenix metro.
Glendale motorcyclists are among 199,721 registered in the state of Arizona, as of 2015. From 2011 to 2015, the community of bikers in the Grand Canyon State grew by 36,000 more motorcyclists. With the gorgeous weather, desert climate and booming growth of the Phoenix and Glendale areas, the number of these riders will only continue to increase.
Whether you ride your bike to commute to work or for enjoyment of trips across the desert, owning a motorcycle in Glendale means you always need to be mindful of your safety. Even a short trip to the grocery store or office can lead to a catastrophic accident that leaves you or others injured or even killed. These types of accidents happen every day throughout the state and Glendale is often the scene of motorcycle collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians, stationary objects or even the road, itself.
Riding a motorcycle means you are always vulnerable to an accident, injury, property damage or death. Motorcycles are not designed to keep riders safe from these accidents. Anything can happen to you when you are out riding around Glendale, even if you are among the safest riders in the state.
Glendale and Maricopa County Motorcycle Accidents
About 2000 accidents occurred in Maricopa County during 2015 that involved motorcyclists. Glendale is a thriving community of Maricopa County, home to many bikers who ride daily to workplaces in Phoenix or for leisure on good-weather days. Riders in Glendale have so much to explore on their bikes throughout Maricopa County and the rest of Arizona. Accidents in this county alone led to 1619 biker injuries and 86 fatalities in 2015.
Some of Glendale’s most recent motorcycle wrecks include:
- In October 2016, a 21 year-old female passenger died in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident near the area of 67th and Northern avenues in Glendale. The passenger was enjoying a ride on the motorcycle of her boyfriend, when the bike hit a curb near an overpass and threw the couple onto the roadway. The 27 year-old rider was seriously injured and his girlfriend died at the scene. Police suspected DUI upon arriving at the scene and charges were likely filed, according to news reports.
- A serious motorcycle accident occurred in Loop 303 of Glendale on a Sunday evening in October 2016. An automobile driver was driving the wrong way and caused the accident that resulted in serious injuries.
- A hit-and-run collision seriously injured a motorcyclist on a Friday morning in August 2016 at just after 4:00 a.m. The motorcyclist was hit from behind by a large sedan, with the sedan overtaking more than half of the motorcycle before stopping. The motorcycle rider suffered life-threatening injuries. The offending driver fled on foot and left the injured rider before authorities arrived on the scene.
- In July 2015 on a Sunday evening, a motorcyclist hit a tree on Hillcrest and 71st The biker was aided by other motorists at the scene and was sent to ICU with life-threatening injuries and in a coma. It is reported he suffered a severed spine, an injury that causes lifelong paralysis. He also suffered multiple broken ribs and a severe head injury.
Like the above Glendale motorcycle accidents, these tragic accidents can happen any time of year. No one ever thinks they will die in a motorcycle accident, but too many riders from Glendale go out for a short ride and never return home.
Arizona Statewide Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Arizona has one of the best climates in the country for motorcycle riding throughout the year. So there is rarely a week without someone from Glendale being hurt while out riding their bike.
According to the 2015 Arizona Crash Facts Summary by the state’s 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 Glendale
- 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 Your Life in a Glendale Motorcycle Accident
Riders and their passengers in Arizona do not have to wear a motorcycle helmet, if they are 18 years of age or older. But a helmet can mean the difference between death and survival, or even debilitating injury and the ability to walk away from your Glendale wreck. Some of Arizona’s 2015 statistics show just how helmets play a role in motorcycle accidents throughout the state:
- 492 riders survived accidents without any injuries. Only 85 were not wearing a helmet.
- 584 riders survived with serious and debilitating injuries. 300 were not wearing a helmet or helmet wear could not be verified.
- 130 riders were fatally injured in their accidents, with only 54 having a helmet on at the time of their accident.
Glendale Motorcycle Crashes Can Happen Anytime
There is no limit to when or where a Glendale motorcycle accident can occur. Around the clock and throughout the calendar year, motorcyclists remain vulnerable to crashes on Glendale streets. 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 injurious timeframe for weekday riders. The deadliest time of day during the week for motorcyclists is 4:30 p.m., during the beginning of evening rush hour. More motorcyclist deaths occur from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays, than at other times.
Weekends are different, in that 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 weekends, but deaths are more common in the morning hours.
Saturday is the worst day of the week for motorcycle accident risk in Glendale. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are the safest motorcycle riding days in the community and throughout the rest of Arizona. In regard to fatalities, 41 motorcycle accident deaths occurred in Arizona on Saturdays in 2015. No other day of the week led to more than 19 deaths statewide for motorcyclists. Tuesday is the safest day for riders in the state.
Most motorcyclist DUI accidents causing injuries and death occur on Saturdays.
Glendale Motorcycle Accident Details
Motorcycle accidents in Glendale can certainly happen regardless of day, date or time. Of the 2,988 motorcycle accidents occurring in Glendale and other parts of Arizona in 2015, these statistics are eye-opening:
- 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
Most of Arizona’s fatal motorcycle accidents during 2015 were caused by other drivers or motorcyclists who were speeding. As part of the 137 motorcycle accident fatalities, 104 were the fault of the rider and 33 were another vehicle driver’s fault. A speeding motorcyclist caused 44 of the fatal wrecks.
In Arizona’s 1827 accidents involving bikers during 2015, most accidents were caused by a vehicle hitting the motorcycle from an angle. Below are collision angles of that year’s wrecks:
- 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 of the riders were unlicensed at the time of their accident.
When a Glendale Motorcycle Accident Happens to You
After your Glendale motorcycle accident, you should take some notes and photographs of the scene if you are physically able to do so. If you cannot accomplish these things yourself, a trusted friend or family member can achieve them 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 Glendale motorcycle accident attorney immediately at 602.254.2701
- Speak to Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law BEFORE you deal with any insurance companies
How a Glendale Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Will Help You
When someone else is at fault in your motorcycle accident, your Glendale motorcycle accident lawyer will help you file an insurance claim for compensation for your injuries, property damages, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages. This lawyer will also negotiate with the insurance companies for you, handling all of their case communications and making the entire process much easier and less stressful for you and your family. If the case needs to go through Arizona courts, your motorcycle accident lawyer will develop a solid case that should enable you to receive the highest possible compensation according to the specifics of your claim. 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 Glendale motorcycle accident, you need to immediately contact the experienced Glendale motorcycle accident attorneys of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law at 602.254.2701. Your attorney will help you from the beginning to the end of your case, so call for a free, no-obligation consultation.