Scottsdale is a beautiful community with many opportunities for motorcycle enjoyment, including the annual Arizona Bike Week each spring. As part of Bike Week, thousands of motorcyclists from around the country ride into Scottsdale to meet other cyclists, enjoy concerts, participate in festival events and show off their bikes.
Arizona is home to 199,721 registered motorcycles as of 2015. This is over 36,000 more motorcycles than in 2011. These motorcyclists and others are on the roads in the state throughout the year, enjoying Arizona’s beautiful riding climate.
With so many residents on the roads on motorcycles and other types of vehicles, there are often mass surges of traffic around sporting events, Bike Week, concerts, festivals and other big draws of crowds. Whether during one of these big events or just as part of an everyday commute to the office, there is always a risk of a motorcycle accident happening on Scottsdale roads. Such an accident can occur on highways, community streets, rural roads or parking lots.
Motorcycles have always been prone to accidents. By nature of bike design, riders are particularly vulnerable to injury and death. When other traffic is around a motorcycle, anything can happen to cause a collision. In Scottsdale, riders are no less vulnerable to having an accident or causing one.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics of Arizona
2015 was as dangerous as any other year, when it comes to motorcycle accidents. Drivers and passengers of other vehicles may be injured or killed in these wrecks, just as a motorcyclist may be seriously hurt or killed. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents will continue to happen. This is particularly true in Arizona and communities like Scottsdale, where riding is enjoyable throughout the year and sunny days beckon for riders to get out on the roads.
The AZ Department of Transportation’s Arizona Crash Facts Summary reports annually updated statistics of state motorcycle accidents. Below is a summary of Arizona crashes involving motorcycles in 2015:
- 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 Scottsdale
- 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
Maricopa County and Scottsdale Motorcycle Accidents
During 2015 in Maricopa County, there were just under 2000 motorcycle accidents. Scottsdale is located within Maricopa County and is home to one of the most motorcycle-congested events in the country, Arizona Bike Week. Among accidents in the county, there were 1619 injuries and 86 fatalities of motorcycle riders.
Helmets Have a Role in Arizona Motorcycle Accidents
Arizona permits motorcyclists aged 18 and over to not wear a helmet during riding. But those who wear helmets are more likely to survive their accident. Below are some of 2015’s Arizona statistics specifying how helmets played a role in accident injuries and deaths in the state:
- 492 riders survived their accident without injury. Only 85 of these injury-free survivors were not wearing a helmet.
- 584 riders survived with incapacitating injuries. 300 of were without helmets or helmet wear could not be verified.
- 130 riders were killed, with only 54 having a helmet on at the time of their wreck.
Scottsdale Motorcycle Accidents Can Happen Anytime
Although Arizona Bike Week is one of the most motorcycle-crowded times of the year on Scottsdale roads, an accident with a motorcycle can happen on any day and at any time. Because of the vulnerability of motorcycles and their riders to accidents with other vehicles or on their own, both drivers and motorcycle riders should pay close attention to their driving and focus on the road and its traffic. Everyone plays a role in motorcycle safety, not just the people who ride these two and three-wheeled vehicles. Everyone should remain free of distractions, sober and alert when operating their vehicles to help keep motorcyclists safe.
Although an accident can happen anywhere and at any time, noon to 6:00 p.m. is the most dangerous timeframe for weekday motorcycle riding. These six hours are the time during which motorcycle accident counts spike each during the business week. The most deadly time of day for motorcyclists is 4:30 p.m., the height of afternoon commuter rush hour. More deaths among motorcyclists happen from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on these weekdays, than during other hours.
Weekends bring more motorcycle accident fatalities from 9:00 a.m. to noon, than other weekend hours. There are more accidents from noon to 6:00 p.m. on weekends, but fatalities are still more likely in morning hours.
Saturday is the most likely day of the week for motorcycle accidents. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday safest motorcycle riding in Scottsdale and other parts of Arizona. As far as fatal injuries go, 41 motorcycle accident fatalities occurred on Saturdays in 2015. Other weekdays did not experience more than 19 deaths each, with Tuesday being the safest day among all seven for motorcyclists.
Motorcycle DUI accidents that cause injuries and death most commonly happen on Saturdays.
Causes of Scottsdale’s Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents in Scottsdale can certainly happen regardless of day of the week, month of the year, time of day and as a result of a wide variety of causes. Of the 2,988 motorcycle accidents occurring during 2015 in Scottsdale and other communities of Arizona, the following statistics 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
Most of the 137 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2015 were caused by other drivers or the motorcyclist’s speeding. In 33 of these accidents, the motorcyclist was not at fault. 44 accidents were caused by the rider going too fast for conditions or exceeding the speed limit. Many Scottsdale single-vehicle motorcycle accidents are the result of motorcyclists speeding.
The 1827 multiple vehicle crashes in 2015 that involved motorcycles were caused from various angles. Below are collision angles as they occurred in that year:
- 446 collisions with 26 fatal wrecks were during a vehicle’s left turn
- 18 of 622 rear-end collision accidents were fatal
- 295 accidents were at an angle with 19 being fatal
- 267 were sideswipe collisions with 6 being fatal
Twenty-eight of the 135 fatal motorcycle crashes in 2015 involved motorcycle operators who did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the accident.
When a Scottsdale Motorcycle Accident Happens to You
Being in an accident is always highly stressful. Motorcycle accidents are particularly traumatic, whether you are in an auto that has collided with a motorcycle or you were on the motorcycle, yourself. The accident scene after a collision or single-vehicle wreck can be chaotic and motorcycle accident victims are likely to have suffered physical trauma that can be very difficult to witness.
When a Scottsdale motorcycle accident happens, you need to collect details that will ensure your best possible chance of recovering compensation for your injuries, property damage and other damages. If you cannot gather these details yourself, you can get a trusted friend or family member to help:
- 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 Scottsdale motorcycle accident attorney immediately at 602.254.2701
- Speak to Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law BEFORE you deal with any insurance companies
What a Personal Injury and Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Do For You
When someone else is at fault in your motorcycle accident, your expenses can be compensated for through insurance policies of negligent or at-fault parties. This is accomplished with the help of an experienced Scottsdale 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 first call should be to an experienced Scottsdale 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 you deserve for your accident expenses + pain and suffering.
When you are a client of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law, experienced attorneys will guide you through the legal process and help you in all aspects of filing your legal claim. They handle many of the case details that you will not have to worry about, with them on your side, such as:
- Determination of fault
- Claims process
- Investigation of the accident
- Insurance company communications
- Damages and injury compensation
- Government liability
- Structured settlements
There are statutes of limitations governing how much time you have to file your motorcycle accident claim in Arizona. These statutes usually only allow six to 24 months for legal filing. So you must contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after your wreck, to ensure your time limits do not expire.
Call for your FREE Consultation with Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
There are many things to worry about and handle after a motorcycle accident. These can be highly stressful and even physically painful after injuries suffered in the wreck. These and other reasons justify having an attorney who can handle the details of a legal claim for you. You also need the help of a Scottsdale motorcycle accident and personal injury lawyer to ensure you gain all of the compensation you deserve to cover your medical expenses, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages.
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 Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law now at 602.254.2701 for a free, no-obligation consultation about your Scottsdale motorcycle accident.