Arizona has a high number of motorcycle riders, who can usually ride in generally good weather. Motorcycle registrations in Arizona have risen nearly 25% since 2011, putting more cyclists on the road than ever. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are also on the rise.
Increase in Tucson Motorcycle Fatalities
Tucson police have noted an uptick in motorcycle fatalities in 2016, with no apparent reason given. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) attributes speed as a factor in 27% of deaths in 2014. 25% of fatalities in the same report indicated that the rider had done nothing wrong. Motorcycles are smaller targets than are vehicles like trucks, cars, and buses. Unlike automobile drivers, who can count on head restraints, airbags, seatbelts, and other systems of control, motorcyclists don’t have the same type of protection.
Injuries from motorcycle accidents can include broken bones, road rash, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and even death. Being aware of and watching for motorcyclists on our roads is critical. Riders can be challenging to see due to their smaller size. Drivers should maintain vigilance and keep an active lookout for them. Don’t drive distracted; texting and driving are illegal in both Tucson and Pima County, not to mention, your chances of having an accident increase significantly. Riders can help with visibility by wearing bright colored jackets of red or yellow.
Arizona Helmet Laws
Arizona has no law requiring riders 18 and older to wear a helmet while riding. The likelihood of suffering a traumatic brain injury or death while riding increase significantly if you ride without a helmet. Hopefully, more riders will choose the safety of a helmet.
How We Can Help
The Leader Law Firm represents victims of motorcycle accidents and their families. If you’ve been involved in a bike crash and are injured, you need to protect your rights. We can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, seek immediate medical attention, as needed. Your next step should be to reach out to qualified legal counsel.
Contact the Leader Law Firm to schedule your free case consultation. We will listen, answer your questions and help you determine if you should pursue legal action.
Resource: National Highway Traffic Safety Safety Administration: Motorcycles