Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcyclists are at an extreme disadvantage in collisions with automobiles. Without the same four-wall protection that cars provide, a biker’s injuries are more severe after any crash. Proving that the car driver was at fault for causing the accident might not be as easy as it first seems, but failing to prove this point will be a disaster for your case. Our motorcycle accident lawyers understand the Phoenix laws pertaining to motorcyclists and how to investigate or reconstruct the collision to prove you are not at fault.
Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycle deaths in Arizona increasing
In 2011, there were 163,381 registered motorcycles in Arizona, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). By 2015, the number of registered motorcycles in the state had jumped to 199,721 based on the “Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts 2015.”
The 2015 report listed 2,911 motorcycle accidents – 1,428 of the accidents involved collisions with other vehicles. Most of the accidents – 2,002 of them – happened during the day in urban areas on dry roads.
Age is pushing up the accident rate
The majority of motorcycle riders who died in the Arizona collisions were 35 to 54 years old. Alcohol was not involved. Neither were drugs. Most had valid licenses. They were not involved in “improper” actions. None were distracted drivers.
The findings are in line with national statistics
In 2015, more than 5,000 motorcycle riders were killed in the United States, according to Consumer Reports. Its May 2016 report noted that “it was only the third time in history more than 5,000 motorcyclists” died in one year.
Consumer Reports attributes the 10 percent increase in deaths to “riding without a helmet, demographic surges in motorcycle ownership in the 20-29-year old and 50 to 59-year old age groups and riding under the influence.” Its statistics show that states with no helmet laws saw significant increases in motorcycle rider deaths. It also attributed deaths among older riders to “frailty” compared to younger drivers and rusty motorcycle riding skills.
Statistics collected by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) track those compiled by ADOT and Consumer Reports. IIHS reported “deaths among motorcyclists who were 50 and older rose from 3 percent of all rider deaths in 1982…to 35 percent in 2015.” The safety agency reported that 91% of the motorcyclists killed nationwide in 2015 were males.
Older riders often opt for “sport bikes” that have far more power than the motorcycles they rode in their twenties. Sport bikes have a top speed of 167 miles per hour and can go from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds. Some older riders choosing these bikes are first time riders.
Severe injuries require expert legal help
Wayne Wright, a rider himself, knows the ins and outs of laws and conditions that affect recovery in these often wrongful death accidents caused by drivers of other vehicles who fail to see motorcycle riders. Wayne Wright is one of America’s top trial lawyers. His legal awards attest to his ability to win cases on behalf of his clients. You only pay fees, agreed upon in advance, when Wayne Wright wins your case. Calls and evaluations are free.
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