There is a way to reduce your risk of being in an Arizona motorcycle accident. The 16th annual Arizona Bike Week just occurred, and Arizona Bike Week always has great food, fun, and shopping, but also a few thousand extra reasons for drivers to drive aware and to keep their eyes on the road. Bike Week is the largest motorcycle event in the West and draws in thousands of motorcycle riders and motorcycle enthusiasts for eight days between March 23 and March 31. But it is a time not only for celebrating everything great about motorcycles, but also a time to celebrate and show off the motorcycle-friendly driving habits of Arizonans throughout the state. As experienced Arizona motorcycle accident lawyers, our office was at Arizona Bike Week and it was a great event. We hope everyone had a great time.
How Arizona Motorcycle Crashes Affect Motorcycle Events
An event like Arizona Bike Week takes over the greater Phoenix area and other cities throughout the state during the last week of March and puts riders at greater risk of Arizona motorcycle crashes. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), each year in March the state sees more than 9,500 collisions, some involving motorcycle riders. More than 2,800 motorcycle collisions occur each year statewide and result in motorcycle crash injuries to more than 2,200 people. With the sharp increase in the number of motorcycles, it is important that vehicle drivers be extra careful when driving. Read the rest »
While Arizona Bike Week is a time to enjoy a fun week of motorcycle mania, it’s also a chance to be aware of motorcycle accidents. We hope that this year’s Bike Week will be without incident and purely be fun times. With thousands of motorcycles added to the already high number throughout the Phoenix metro area between March 23 and 31, it’s important for drivers wise up about the presence of additional riders and keep an eye out just as they would during other busy times of the year, such as holidays and spring break. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reports that there are more than 158,000 registered motorcycles in the state and with the addition of more riders from other local areas drivers will be outnumbered.
How Busy Times Affect Phoenix Motorcycle Accidents
While holidays and big events are good for the city, Phoenix motorcycle accidents rise during times of heavy traffic. In 2010, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reported 68 deaths caused by car accidents surrounding holidays, which, like event weeks, are among the times when traffic is heaviest in the greater metro area. The addition of thousands more bikes to the local area for Bike Week also alters the flow of traffic. The peak weekday hour for motorcycle collisions is 4 to 5 p.m. However, with additional traffic it is possible that the timeframe will extend from noon to 7 p.m. Read the rest »
Drivers can do their part to reduce the risk of Arizona motorcycle accidents. Excitement is growing for the annual Arizona Bike Week, one of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the west. The event is six weeks away, to be held March 23 through March 31. Thousands are expected to participate, and we urge drivers to watch out for motorcyclists during this time. For more information about when and where events take place or to buy tickets, visit www.azbikeweek.com.
Avoiding Arizona Motorcycle Accidents
Some of the best things you can do to avoid AZ motorcycle accidents include slowing down and driving with awareness at all times. Speeding and driving distracted are combinations that will increase your chances of being involved in crashes. Next, if you see a group of riders, make sure you allow them to travel next to each other. This actually reduces their chances of being hit, because traveling side by side makes them more visible to other drivers. Finally, never tailgate motorcycles or other cars. Leave a distance of at least 200 feet, or three seconds, between you and the vehicle in front of you when you are traveling on the highway. This can be calculated by allowing the driver in front to pass a landmark, then counting to make sure at least three seconds go by before you pass it. Read the rest »