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 »
In early March 2016, a chapter of the Arizona Hell’s Angels rented out a movie theater in Tempe to celebrate their 68th anniversary. It was Saturday afternoon and the marquee film was Hell’s Angels Forever, a 1983 documentary that chronicled the history of the club. Roughly 100 people attended the screening at Pollack Tempe Cinemas. The screening went on at exactly noon, ran its allotted time, and as a statement by the group explained: “Not only were there no issues or incidents at the first screening, there has never been a problem at any H-A event in the state of Arizona.” Read the rest »
How many times have you been driving somewhere and heard a loud motorcycle roll up behind or alongside you? For most motorists who don’t own or ride motorcycles, this can be plenty annoying. The sound of a motorcycle’s exhaust can be deafening in the right situation – and if the owner has modified the bike in any way, it can be ten times louder than normal. But despite the perceived nuisance, this is actually a “sound” way for motorcycle enthusiast to keep themselves safe. Anything that helps make their presence known on the road is a good thing – even if it grates on a neighboring motorist’s nerves.
But, loud pipes and modified exhaust systems aren’t the only way for bikers to get your attention. There are many other ways that can be employed in order to avoid an accident. If you are a motorcyclists consider some of the following safety features for your next ride:
- Excessive Horns – Factory or stock horns do little to let opposing traffic know that a motorcycle is near. They are small sounding and barely register when there is gridlock. Motorcycle owners can improve their odds of being noticed by installing a custom horn that has a bit more “oomf” to it.
- Neon / Reflective Surfaces – Just like their bicycle counterparts, motorcyclists can benefit by applying large swaths of reflective coatings and clothing to their ride. It only takes a few inches of reflect tape or neon lighting in order to get a passing motorist’s attention.
- LED Lighting – For as much as we all hate the guy who pulls up behind us with the super bright lights, it can mean the difference between life and death for a motorcyclist. Ultra bright lights can be seen from much farther away and lets oncoming traffic know a motorcycle is near.
We recommend that all current and aspiring motorcycle owners invest in safety gear for their rides – especially if night riding is in your plans. That being said, even when riders do invest in these safety measures often times they are still hurt by another’s negligence. In addition, it is still up to the public to watch out for innocent motorcycle riders. However, should you end up in a motorcycle accident, give Breyer Law Offices, P.C. a call and schedule a free consultation to review your legal options. We know what it takes to win cases for motorcycle riders and their families and are very involved in the motorcycle community. You can reach us at (602) 267-1280.
One person has been injured in a motorcycle collision in Prescott, according to the Prescott Daily Courier. The collision happened on State Route 89 less than 10 miles outside of Prescott. The female rider of the motorcycle involved was seriously injured.
The woman was taken from the scene by helicopter to a hospital where she received emergency treatment. It’s unclear what happened to cause the collision, or how many other vehicles were involved. Read the rest »
If you or someone you love was recently involved in a collision on a motorcycle in Mesa, you’re going to need some help. Thousands of people are injured in Arizona every year when they are hit by cars while riding their motorcycles through cities like Mesa. These accidents frequently result in serious injuries, and even fatalities. For most bikers who are involved in crashes, the next logical step is to hire an attorney. But many individuals don’t realize that this is helpful or useful. Before you give up on your case and accept whatever the insurance company is offering to you for your injuries and damages, read on. Read the rest »
Every motorcycle collision that happens in Paradise Valley has the potential to leave victims with serious injuries, and may even put their lives in danger. Some people do not always take these accidents and their aftermath seriously, which in turn makes it difficult to protect riders from the worst, and most common, causes of these collisions. Are you a driver, or do you know one, who has made these potentially catastrophic mistakes on the road?
- Cutting off motorcycle riders on the road, thinking they can and will respond like other drivers
- Slamming on the brakes, causing a motorcycle rider to have to stop short, potentially causing a turnover
- Failing to yield to motorcycle riders when turning left at a light
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