Mesa, Arizona Motorcycle Accidents
Mesa, Arizona has the sad distinction of being the location of more traffic accidents than any other community in Arizona, besides Phoenix. The community is growing quickly, just as others throughout Maricopa County and the state are, at this time. In fact, Arizona is one of the most popular relocation destinations for people from all corners of the United States. This means that Mesa will continue to grow and will always be the scene of many auto and motorcycle accidents each year.
As Mesa grows and its roads fill with more and more traffic, city planners and others in the community work to try to keep motorists of all kinds safe. Arizona is home to several hundred thousand motorcycles and Mesa has its fair share of that type of vehicle. In fact, in 2015 there were more motorcycles in the community than ever before, with the state’s count of registered motorcycles being at 199,721. More motorcycles are brought into the community each year, with the state having 36,000 more of these forms of transportation in 2015 than only four years prior.
With more Mesa residents on the roads and increasing numbers of motorcyclists among them, there is always potential for a motorcycle accident. An accident involving a motorcyclist can happen anywhere in Mesa and on any day of the week. No one who gets into a vehicle of any kind is safe from an accident happening.
Motorcycles are among the most vulnerable vehicles on the road, as operators and passengers are not protected by the shell of a passenger compartment. Unlike cars, motorcycles leave their riders fully exposed to other vehicles that collide with them. These riders are also vulnerable to weather conditions, road obstacles, poorly maintained roads, animals and other situations that can result in catastrophic damage, injury and even death. Of course, motorcycle riders often cause accidents in Mesa, too.
Arizona Motorcycle Crash Statistics
There is not serious improvement in the number of motorcycle accidents in Arizona from year to year. As the number of bikes on the road increase, so do the number of these wrecks. Statistics from 2015 indicated that year was no exception to the occurrence of motorcycle crashes. The state’s beautiful weather and scenery make year-round riding very comfortable and at the same time creates opportunity for accidents to occur.
The 2015 Arizona Crash Facts Summary of the Arizona Department of Transportation provided the following statistics of that year’s motorcycle accidents:
- Motorcycle accidents in Arizona: 2911
- Accidents involving other vehicles and a motorcycle: 1827
- Motorcycle-only wrecks: 1,084
- Fatal motorcycle accidents: 132
- Injury accidents: 2329
- Number of people killed in motorcycle crashes: 134
- Number of people injured in these wrecks: 2497
- Collisions occurring in urban areas like Mesa: 2704
- Rural accidents in Arizona: 737
- Motorcyclist alcohol DUI-related accidents: 150
- Motorcyclist drug DUI-related accidents: 16
- Motorcyclist medication DUI-related accidents: 1
- Motorcyclist not at fault: 1395
- Number of Arizona motorcyclists who will be killed on their bike in Arizona: 6.71 in every 1000
Mesa is one community in the county of Maricopa. In Maricopa County during the year 2015, there were 1,939 motorcycle accidents. These accidents involved 1,619 injuries and 86 deaths.
Helmets Play a Role in Rider Survival of Arizona Motorcycle Accidents
It is not the law that Mesa motorcyclists or those within Arizona must wear a helmet, unless the rider or operator is under the age of 18. All other riders can go without a helmet and make the personal choice of whether to wear this type of protection or not. Helmet does play a key role in survival of motorcycle accidents and the type of injuries a rider may experience. Below are some details of the roles helmets played in Arizona’s 2,911 motorcycle accidents of 2015:
- 492 riders walked away without injury in all of Arizona’s motorcycle accidents, only 85 of whom were not wearing helmets
- 584 riders, 300 of which could not be confirmed as wearing helmets, suffered incapacitating injuries in Arizona motorcycle accidents
- 130 riders were fatally injured in Arizona wrecks, with only 54 having worn a helmet when they were killed
Mesa Motorcycle Accidents Can Happen Anytime
A Mesa motorcycle accident can happen in any of the 24 hours each day, as well as on any calendar day of the year. There is no predictability in these wrecks, so riders are left vulnerable and should be on guard through defensive driving every moment they are on their motorcycle in Mesa or the rest of the state.
Of course, motorcyclists are as prone to fault in accidents as other vehicle drivers. There are accidents every year as part of which Mesa riders were driving distracted, drunk or drowsy. These behaviors are particularly dangerous for motorcyclists, due to their vulnerability to injuries and fatality. Everyone on the roads around Mesa need to remain alert, sober and undistracted while sharing the streets.
In Arizona, noon to 6:00 p.m. is when the most weekday motorcycle accidents occur. But the deadliest time of day for weekday motorcycle riders is 4:30 p.m., during afternoon rush hour. With so much traffic during the evening’s departure from work in Mesa and surrounding communities, drivers become complacent and seem to not “see” motorcyclists as they should during these hours. On weekdays, more motorcyclists are killed between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. than at other times.
Weekends are also deadly for motorcyclists, with more fatalities occurring in accidents involving two-wheeled and three-wheeled bikes from 9:00 a.m. to noon, than at other times during the weekend. There are also more accidents from noon to 6:00 p.m., although accident-related deaths are heaviest before lunchtime.
Saturday is the most dangerous day for riding your motorcycle around Mesa. The safest days for Mesa riding are Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In Arizona during 2015, 41 motorcyclist fatalities occurred on Saturdays, but all other days only experienced up to 19 fatalities each. Tuesday is the safest day throughout the state, for motorcycle riding. It is probably no surprise that the worst days for motorcycle DUI-related deaths are Saturdays in Arizona.
Causes of Mesa’s Motorcycle Accidents
There is no time period or day when motorcyclists can let down their guard for potential of being in an accident in Mesa. There are also a wide variety of causes for these accidents. Of the 2,988 motorcycle wrecks that occurred during 2015, the following accident causes have been reported:
- Motorcyclist not at fault: 1395 accidents
- Motorcyclist was speeding: 846 accidents
- Failure to yield by the rider: 61 accidents
- Rider was following other vehicles too closely: 99 accidents
- Riders ran a stop sign: 11 accidents
- Rider disregarded traffic signals: 51 accidents
- Improper turns caused the accidents: 28 accidents
- Driving in the wrong lane of traffic was to blame: 25 accidents
- Motorcycle parts or equipment were faulty: 7 accidents
- Failure of the motorcyclist to use required equipment: 8 accidents
- Passing in the no-passing zone by the rider: 8 accidents
- Unsafe lane changes by the motorcyclist: 42 accidents
- Riders veered into another lane: 63 accidents
- Unsafe passing by the motorcyclist: 22 accidents
- Distracted driving by the motorcyclist: 16 accidents
The vast majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by other vehicle drivers. But motorcyclists can cause their own demise by speeding and engaging in other risky behaviors, as the above statistics show. Of the 137 fatal Arizona motorcycle accidents in 2015, 33 were the fault of other drivers and 44 were due to excessive speed by the riders, themselves.
There are multiple ways a motorcycle can be hit by another vehicle. In 2015, there were 1827 multiple vehicle crashes involving motorcycles, of which the following angles were the lead-in to the collisions:
- During a left turn: 446 accidents, with 26 fatalities
- Rear-end collisions: 622 accidents, including 18 fatalities
- At an angle: 295 accidents, with 19 fatalities
- Sideswipes: 267 accidents, including 6 fatalities
Twenty-eight motorcyclists were unlicensed at the time of their fatal Arizona motorcycle crash. With 135 accidents being fatal in Arizona, this means that one in five fatal crashes involving motorcycles also involves an unlicensed rider.
What Happens When You Are in a Mesa Motorcycle Accident
It is very scary to be in a motorcycle accident, wherever that accident occurs. This is especially true for motorcycle riders and other drivers who collide with them. These accident scenes can be particularly difficult to witness and can lead to many kinds of trauma.
When you are in a motorcycle accident in Mesa, it is very important that you take good notes and gain evidence from the scene of your wreck. This can be hard to do, since motorcyclists are more often injured in their accidents than those who walk away uninjured. But if you possibly can, you should gain this information while still at the scene:
- Accident time and date
- Weather of the time of the accident
- Observations of the scene
- Photos of the scene and vehicle damage
- Contact info for witnesses
- Thoughts about how the wreck happened
- Copy of the police report or the officer’s contact information
Immediately following your Mesa motorcycle accident, you should do the following:
- Avoid speaking with insurance companies, giving a statement to them or being recorded by them until you have spoken with a motorcycle accident attorney
- Call a Mesa motorcycle accident lawyer immediately at 602.254.2701
- Speak to Cantor Crane injury lawyers BEFORE dealing with insurance companies or accepting any settlements
How a Mesa Personal Injury and Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Will Help You
When a motorcycle accident is caused by another party, or negligence related to motorcycle parts, you can gain compensation for all of the accident’s injuries, property damage and other damages. Below is a list of some of these damages that you can recover compensation for, when you have an experienced Mesa motorcycle accident lawyer:
- Hospital bills
- Prescription medications
- Over-the-counter medication
- Accident-related medical bills
- Injury rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Auto rental
- Towing charges
- Other damages
When you are in a Mesa motorcycle accident, your first telephone call should be to the motorcycle accident lawyers of Cantor Crane. Cantor Crane’s attorneys specialize in handling motorcycle accidents and have done so successfully for many riders from Mesa, Phoenix and throughout Arizona. As a Mesa client of Cantor Crane, you will have the expert representation by an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer with a solid reputation among insurance adjustors. A Cantor Crane accident attorney will make dealing with your accident so much easier, just as you will receive much higher compensation when you are represented by one of our skilled attorneys. Your lawyer will provide these services and others for your accident claim:
- Fault determination
- Claims processing
- Accident investigations
- Expert witnesses
- Product liability
- Insurance company communications
- Damages and injury compensation
- Government liability
- Structured settlements
Your motorcycle accident will involve statutes of limitations. So you need to contact the knowledgeable attorneys of Cantor Crane as soon after the accident as possible.
Call for a FREE Consultation with Cantor Crane Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
A motorcycle accident likely left you in pain and under immense stress. These are two of many reasons why you need the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer who will help you throughout the process of filing your motorcycle accident claim.
You will not have to pay any legal fees until the attorneys of Cantor Crane win or settle your case. Call the Law Offices of Cantor Crane now at 602.254.2701 for a free, no-obligation Mesa motorcycle accident consultation.