Tucson is known around the world as a beautiful desert community with amazing sunsets and plenty of space to roam. Whether you are riding a horse or a motorcycle, Tucson provides some of the best riding in the country. Tucson is also the second-largest city in Arizona and a thriving hub of entertainment, recreation, business and education.
Because Tucson is so close to Phoenix and other cities in southern Arizona, Tucson bikers have Arizona Bike Week and other exciting events in which to participate and check out other bikes. There are also a wide selection of motorcycle centered events around the year in Tucson, hosted by local motorcycle retailers, custom shops, nonprofit organizations and motorcycle clubs. As a motorcyclist, there is always something to do here.
Tucson’s 2014 population was 527,972 people. The community is growing rapidly, just as the rest of Pima County’s communities are attracting many new residents each year. The Tucson area also boasts more than 25 universities, colleges, technical schools and educational programs for adults. With so many young adults, student commuters and working adults, Tucson is also home to many motorcyclists. These riders can be seen riding around town, include the café racers and sports bikes that young riders enjoy, up to the cruisers, choppers and touring models that older adults prefer.
There are over 196,000 motorcycles registered in Arizona, with about 40,000 more having joined the ranks since 2011. With all of southern Arizona growing so quickly, the number of motorcyclists in Tucson and throughout the state continues to increase rapidly, as well.
Safety should always be your top priority when you go out for a ride. Although most riders think they are most susceptible to an accident when traveling in unfamiliar places or riding for long hours, this is not necessarily true. In fact, most deadly motorcycle rides in Arizona are within a very short distance of the bikers’ homes. It is on short trips, errands and daily commutes that many riders are killed.
So whenever you go out for a ride, you should be aware, cautious, defensively driving and wearing protective gear, including a Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet. No one ever receives forewarning in regard to their last motorcycle ride, or their motorcycle accident injury that changes the course of their life. So treat every ride like it may be your last and be safe and well-equipped.
Tucson and Pima County Motorcycle Accidents
Arizona is sadly one of the top ten states in the U.S. for motorcycle accident fatalities. About 17 percent of all fatalities on the roads in the state are motorcycle riders. Unfortunately, every year brings more fatalities and injuries in motorcycle accidents. You can hardly turn on television or web-based news in Tucson without seeing at least one reported motorcycle accident each week.
There were four fatal motorcycle crashes in Pima County in 2015, three of those being in Tucson city limits.
Some of Tucson’s most recent motorcycle accidents include:
- On Sunday, November 13, 2016, a motorcyclist hit a construction barrier on West Ajo Way and South Kostka Avenue in Tucson and was killed.
- On Saturday, November 5, 2016, a motorcycle and automobile accident seriously injured the motorcyclist at West Orange Grove and North Oracle Road in Tucson.
- A 26 year old man was killed in motorcycle crash on Pusch View Lane in Tucson on October 23, 2016, a Sunday.
- Saturday, October 1, 2016, a 25 year old man was killed in motorcycle collision with another vehicle at East Pima Street and North Sahuara Avenue in Tucson.
- In August 2016 on a Friday, a motorcyclist was seriously injured in collision with vehicle on North Euclid Avenue in Tucson.
- On Sunday, August 14, 2016 a motorcyclist was injured in collision on Grant Road in Tucson.
A motorcycle accident can happen at any time in Tucson. When these accidents do occur, injured victims are taken to one of several local hospitals and treatment centers that are all too familiar with motorcycle accident trauma patients. These hospitals include:
- Banner University Medical Center
- Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital
- NextCare Urgent Care
- Kindred Hospital Tucson
The economic cost of motorcycle related accidents hurts everyone in Pima County. In 2015, the total economic cost of traffic accident-related injuries in Pima County was $166,118,526. Fatalities cost everyone in the county $140,343,840 and property damage added $68,937,006 for a total of $375,399,372 in losses for Pima County that year.
Arizona Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the 2015 Arizona Crash Facts Summary of the Arizona Department of Transportation, below is a listing of some of the year’s motorcycle crash data:
- 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 Tucson
- 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
In a Tucson Motorcycle Accident, a Helmet Can Save Your Life
Arizona law allows motorcyclists aged 18 and over to make their own decision about whether to wear a safety helmet while riding their motorcycle in the state. For riders under the age of 18 and any passengers of that same age group, helmet use is mandatory.
Below are some of Arizona’s 2015 motorcycle accident and helmet wear statistics:
- 492 riders survived Arizona motorcycle crashes injury-free. But of these, only 85 rode without protection of a helmet.
- 584 riders suffered serious and life-changing injuries. Of these, 300 rode without a helmet.
- 130 riders were killed, 76 of whom were not wearing helmets.
Tucson Motorcycle Accident Details
When an accident occurs, any of the drivers or motorcycle riders involved may be at fault. But there are patterns in these accidents that help indicate where many rides go wrong. By looking at statistics and data of past accidents, motorcyclists can use knowledge to help them drive more defensively and fight the likelihood of their own tragedy. In regard to the 2,988 motorcycle accidents that happened in Tucson and the rest of Arizona in 2015:
- 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
Tucson is no different than other communities coast-to-coast, in that speeding is the most frequent cause of motorcycle accidents. This speeding may be on the part of the passenger vehicle driver or a motorcyclist. Whenever a motorcycle is in an accident, speed is one of the factors that can lead to fatality. In 137 fatal motorcycle accidents in Arizona during 2015, 104 deaths were the rider’s fault and 33 were another driver’s fault. Speeding was the proven cause of 44 of the fatal bike wrecks.
When another vehicle hits a motorcycle, that impact is from one of a variety of angles. Most of Arizona’s 2015 motorcycle accidents were from one of four angles, as listed below:
- 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
When You Are in a Tucson Motorcycle Accident
Being in an accident of any kind is stressful and you have to remain aware of everything at the scene. If you are injured or others are injured and need your help, taking care of those injuries should be your first focus until EMTs arrive. But if you are mobile and not in pain, you can spend time waiting for police and emergency crews by documenting some details you will need as part of your insurance claim.
Even if you are not sure that you will file an injury claim, you need to go ahead and try to get this information and take photos. After all, it is common not to feel injured immediately after the accident. You may start to suffer greater pain in coming days as most accident victims do and may even have injuries you are not yet aware of.
If you cannot do these things because you are injured or too shaken, a friend or loved one can handle them for you:
- Note the accident’s date and time
- Note weather conditions at the time of the accident
- Take photos of the damaged vehicles and accident scene
- Obtain contact information of witnesses and note their observations
- Maintain insurance declarations
- Write your thoughts about how the accident occurred
- 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 Tucson motorcycle accident attorney now at 602.254.2701
- Speak to Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law injury lawyers BEFORE dealing with any insurance companies
How a Tucson Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Will Help You
When someone else caused your Tucson motorcycle accident, your motorcycle accident attorney will help you file an insurance claim to gain compensation for your injuries and other damages. This attorney will deal with the insurance company for you, submit your claim documents, negotiate with the adjuster for the best possible settlement, and take your case to trial when settlement cannot be negotiated.
When you have a well-established lawyer with a solid reputation with Tucson area insurance adjusters, that lawyer’s reputation will work in your favor. The insurance companies will know immediately that you have a serious lawyer who means serious business, when it comes to getting you the financial recovery you deserve.
These damages and possibly others as they apply are recoverable through a personal injury and 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
When you have been in a Tucson motorcycle accident or a bike crash anywhere in Arizona, you need an experienced Tucson motorcycle accident attorney. For the reputable help you need to gain the right settlement in your case, call the motorcycle accident lawyers of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law at 602.254.2701 for a free, no-obligation consultation.