The number of motorcycle accidents across the country has been increasing over the last decade or so, with a greater number of people injured and killed in these collisions than were prior to the year 2000. Some of this increase can be attributed to the greater number of riders in the nation, of which Phoenix is no exception. With the population booming and increasing annually, a larger number of motorcycles take to the road every year, leading to greater bike traffic and the potential for a large number of bike accidents.
But an increase in motorcycle traffic does not explain away a crash when one occurs. Rather, it is the duty of every driver, whether that driver is in a car or on a motorcycle, to exercise due care and caution for others in the area and to avoid a collision whenever possible. Failure to do this may be negligence and may cause an accident to take place. In Arizona, most motorcycle incidents are due to negligence or recklessness on the part of one or more individuals involved, meaning that a mistake, failing to pay attention, or other lapse in judgment can be blamed when a crash occurs. Following these incidents, it is often possible for an injury victim to obtain financial compensation for his or her losses, including any medical expenses incurred. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you understand your rights if you have been involved in a crash or if your loved one was hurt or killed.
Another Phoenix-area motorcycle accident occurred on Friday morning near the intersection of Black Canyon Highway just west of I-17. Two vehicles, one a pickup truck and the other a motorcycle, collided for reasons that have not been revealed at this time, leading to a significant impact that claimed the biker’s life. Reports indicate that the driver of the pickup truck was uninjured following the incident.
Local police officers responded to the scene shortly after 2:30 a.m. and closed the area to traffic as they began their investigation and report. Though their review is ongoing, officials were able to reopen the area to through traffic around 9:00 a.m. Friday; prior to that, all traffic was diverted onto alternate routes.
Police have not revealed a suspected cause in this crash nor have they confirmed whether or not traffic tickets will be issued but they have stated that they are reviewing all angles of this incident in an effort to uncover the factors that led to the collision.
If you ride a motorcycle in Phoenix or if your loved one does, chances are that you may have had a close call or two when operating in traffic. A driver may not have noticed you, may have cut you off, or may have turned into your path of travel. If you are like numerous riders every year in the greater Phoenix area, you may have been involved in a collision.
The personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. believe in fighting for the rights of those who have been hurt by the actions of others, and if you were injured in a motorcycle accident, we want to fight for you. We offer a free case consultation without any obligation to those victims who call us toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 and we provide it 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If a motorcycle crash has affected your life or that of your loved one, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you fight for the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
At Least 1 Dead in Arizona Semi-Truck Accident, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published October 23, 2014.
Motorcyclist dies in crash at Union Hills at I-17, by Steve Stout, CBS5AZ.com, published October 24, 2014.