Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog

Posted On: January 21, 2013

Recent Arizona motorcycle accidents a reminder of the dangers of riding

An Arizona motorcycle crash that took place on January 9, 2013 in Tucson has left two unidentified people injured. The incident occurred when the bikers were struck by car at East Sixth St. and N. Cherry Ave. The Tucson police Department is reporting that the motorcycle was carrying two people and was moving eastbound on Sixth Street in the right lane when a car headed west made a left turn, possibly failing to yield the right-of-way.

The accident occurred in very close proximity to the University of Arizona campus, between the student recreational center and the Arizona Stadium. One person on the scene, a university freshman, said he heard a big crash and when he looked outside he saw people laying on the ground, not moving. The car sustained damage to the front bumper, while the motorcycle was totaled, and was trapped under the car and was leaking gasoline

The exact injuries to the motorcyclists have not been reported. Afterwards they were taken to a local hospital by ambulance. Police Department officials stated that no traffic citations were issued after the accident, as it was unclear what color the traffic control light was at the time of the collision.

In a second collision, two people were hurt in a Phoenix area motorcycle accidents on January 18. The incident occurred at McDowell Road and 52nd St. One rider was taken by ambulance with serious injuries to a local hospital. How the accident occurred has not been reported, however local TV station video was able to show a female being placed into a police car in handcuffs.

In 2011, there were 2980 motorcycle accidents in the state of Arizona. There were 132 people killed and 2553 injured in those accidents. Motorcyclists were involved in 2.88% of all motor vehicle accidents in the State, while at the same time they represented 16% of all accident fatalities. Further, those involved in an Arizona motorcycle accident were injured over 90% of the time. These statistics demonstrate just how dangerous motorcycle riding can be.

Due to the fact that riders often have little or no protection, they can sustain severe spinal cord injuries, broken bones, head injuries, burn injuries, paralysis and sometimes death. While some argue that most motorcycle accidents are caused by aggressive riding, in reality most of these accidents are caused by the negligent actions of other drivers on the road.

Often motorcycle accidents are caused by vehicles failing to yield while making a left turn. Our law office is currently working on two separate motorcycle injury claims caused by motorists failing to properly turn left.

In Arizona, even if a motorcycle rider was partially at fault for an accident, he or she still may be able to obtain a monetary recovery for any damages incurred in an accident. If you or member of your family was injured in a Phoenix motorcycle crash, It would be best to contact a qualified injury lawyer as soon as you can.

If you've been hurt in Arizona accident, call the attorneys at Abels & Annes at 602-819-5191. Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help answer your questions and move forward with your accident claim.

Resources:

Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts 2011, Arizona Department of Transportation

Two hospitalized for injuries from car accident near UA campus, By Kelsi Thorud, DailyWildcat.com, January 10, 2013

FD: 2 hurt in Phoenix motorcycle accident, By Deborah Stocks, ABC News, January 18, 2013

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