There has been an influx of motorcycle riders on the roads as riding becomes more popular and economic with gas prices increasing. The rate of motorcycle-related deaths has also risen, more than doubling between 1999 and 2008. Between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed and an estimated 1,222,000 persons were treated in a U.S. Emergency Department (ED) for a non-fatal motorcycle-related injury (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
The roads were closed for 2 hours when a person was killed due to a crash on the U.S. 60 (ABC15 05/14/2011). The crash occurred at around 3:30 in the afternoon and it involved a motorcycle. The victim was pronounced dead a short time later.
In Arizona, there is no law enforced on the wearing of helmets. However, helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69%. In a motorcycle crash, a rider without a helmet is 40% more likely to die from a head injury than someone wearing a helmet. An ADOT (Arizona Department of Transportation)-approved helmet should always be worn whenever riding the motorcycle. There are also other ways to ensure motorcycle safety in Arizona. The CDC also suggests the wearing of protective clothing that provides some level of safety. It is also good if the upper body clothing includes bright colors or reflective material so other motorists can easily see you. Tailgating and riding between lanes should also be avoided. When traveling over slippery surfaces or gravel, maintain a safe speed and exercise caution.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle-related crash, you may reach our skilled Phoenix motorcycle crash attorneys at (602) 267-1280 for a free consultation. As a victim, you should know your legal rights and options.