A report prepared by the Arizona Department of Transportation (AZDOT) states that, during 2011, Arizona saw 103,423 total vehicle-related accidents, with 2,980 of them being motorcycle accidents. Of those 2,980 motorcycle accidents, 130 resulted in one or more fatalities, 2,381 resulted in some level of injury, and 469 caused property damage only. Close to 75% of the state's motorcycle accidents that year took place in urban areas, during daylight hours, and with dry weather/road conditions.
With summer right around the corner, and Arizona motorcycle registrations on the rise, more and more motorcyclists will be hitting the roads. To protect motorcyclists, and help prevent motorcycle accidents, it is extremely important for motorcyclists, and drivers alike, to raise their awareness on the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. By knowing what causes these accidents, drivers and motorcyclists can take immediate actions to avoid such situations and make the road a safer place for all. One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is driver inattentiveness. When drivers are not aware of, or not paying attention to their surroundings, they may not notice when a motorcyclist pulls up behind or beside them. Inattentive, or distracted drivers, often tend to change lanes without thoroughly checking their mirrors and blind spots. When a driver has their attention on the road, but does not take care to look for less visible vehicles, such as motorcycles or scooters, they may simply not see or register the motorcycle's presence. Speed, road conditions, weather, alcohol and driver/rider negligence are also factors which are capable of contributing to motorcycle accidents.
In cases involving motorcycle accidents, we often see clients who have sustained severe, if not life-threatening, injuries. That is because, many of the safety features employed to keep drivers safe, are not found on motorcycles. If you have sustained serious injuries, or a loved one was fatally injured, as a result of a motorcycle accident, you owe it to yourself to contact the Law Offices of Perry Hicks, P.C. and speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer at once. We will take the time to investigate your accident, clearly determine who is liable for the injuries and damages you sustained, work with you closely to prepare your claim, and fight aggressively on your behalf to help you obtain the most optimum results.
Contact a Sierra Vista personal injury attorneytoday to discuss your case and review your legal options.