If you own a motorcycle, you already understand the risks inherent in riding it. Motorists are less likely to notice motorcycles for many reasons, including that they aren’t looking for them, motorcycles are less visible because of their smaller size, and because motorists sometimes drive distracted. Motorcyclists also are at risk of suffering greater injury because they are more exposed than people inside cars. Even while wearing helmets and other protective gear, they risk road rash, broken bones, and head trauma.
Unfortunately, many motorcyclists in the Arizona area don’t have the skills necessary to protect themselves and fellow riders from greater injury while awaiting emergency medical services. They may know how to plan enjoyable rides through places like Sunset Point, Bartlett Lake, Wickenburg, Apache Trail, and Castle Hot Springs. They might know how to pack carefully and make the right preparations. They might even have a certificate from completing a defensive driving class. But many don’t know what to do in the event of an accident.
One proactive thing you can do to prepare for an accident is to take accident scene management classes. These classes give you the skills you need to care for your own injuries and injuries of others while waiting for emergency medical personnel. Read the rest »
Here’s what we recommend you do after witnessing a deadly motorcycle crash in Arizona: Read the rest »
Love those scenic routes? The Phoenix-to-Show Low route is a 139-mile ride and is rated 5/5 for scenery and 5/5 for road quality on motorcycleroads.com. It scores a bit lower for amenities, but is a favorite for many avid motorcyclists in the area.
Make sure to fill up on gas, water, and snacks before you start because there are very few places to find them along the way. The road is flat at first, and does require some freeway riding. It gradually works into curves and a climb, so you might want a jacket as the elevation makes it a bit cooler. You’ll start in Apache Junction and take U.S. Highway 60 all the way to Show Low. Read the rest »
Some states have recognized the importance of wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle, and have made it law requiring a helmet while riding a motorcycle. Arizona is not one of them, with the exception of children under the age of 18.
But motorcyclists should wear their helmets at all times—even when just going down their own streets or for a ride around their properties. It’s been proven time and time again; motorcycle helmets save lives. And wearing one could save yours. Read the rest »
The Las Vegas Strip is the most popular spot in Vegas for a reason. Those bright lights, warm Nevada air, and the ability to get just about anything you want at any hour of the day—there’s no better way to enjoy it than on a motorcycle. However, the ride can only be enjoyed if it’s done safely, so it’s important to know the laws surrounding motorcycles in Las Vegas. Read the rest »
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 35 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in traffic crashes, and are eight times more likely to be injured. While most of these crashes are due to drivers being unable to see motorcyclists, there are times when drunk drivers crash into motorcyclists and injure or kill them. Knowing your rights and responsibilities as a motorcyclist can help you make your case with the help of a qualified personal injury lawyer.
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Motorcycle riding for some people can be an exciting experience. However, accidents involving stationary objects often injure or kill motorcyclists. Nationally, 25% of motorcycle accidents involve stationary objects. Knowing your responsibilities and rights as a motorcyclist can help you avoid injuries or obtain compensation in an accident. Read the rest »
Motorcycles aren’t like other vehicles on the road; this is obvious just by looking at them. But in addition to their smaller size and lack of a surrounding frame around the rider, motorcycles also accelerate more easily than other vehicles. And, it’s also easier to lose control of them. When all of these factors are taken into consideration, there are certain types of accidents that are seen over and over again in the case of motorcycle crashes. Below are the top five causes of Phoenix motorcycle accidents: Read the rest »
When passenger vehicles get into a fender-bender, the resulting damage and injuries are often quite minor. However, because motorcycles aren’t as sturdy and they don’t offer as much protection; injuries from even a minor motorcycle accident can be severe. In fact, the United States federal government estimates that per mile traveled, the number of deaths resulting in motorcycle accidents was 26 times more than that in passenger vehicles. Read the rest »
Rear end accidents occur when one vehicle runs into the back of another. While these accidents with two vehicles can be very serious, when talking about motorcycles, it’s much more likely that the accident is more serious, even at the lowest speeds.
Because the front of other vehicles are often much higher than the back of motorcycles, the back tire of a motorcycle can be lifted when rear-ended, and the motorcyclist can be thrown forward, off their bike. Another car, or even the car that initially hit the bike, can then hit the motorcyclist, causing multiple injuries. Read the rest »