Motorcycle Accident | Phoenix Personal Injury Law Blog - Breyer Law Offices, P.C.
As any experienced biker knows, riding a motorcycle on a hot day can be a somewhat daunting experience. It is of utmost importance that you wear all of your protective gear for your safety, but heavy gear can also get very heated on an already-hot summer day. The very clothing made to protect you can also result in unforeseen dangers.
We want to help you keep cool while riding your motorcycle without foregoing the protective gear. In fact, many manufacturers make different types of gear and clothing with built-in cooling mechanisms for the safety and comfort of riders. Without further ado, here are a few ways to stay cooler.
More and more Americans are riding motorcycles. It has become a popular form of transportation all across the country, as it should be! But that does not change the fact that motorcycle accidents are incredibly dangerous. Motorcycle operators who are involved in accidents often suffer from catastrophic injuries, if they survive the collision at all.
Thankfully, recent improvements in equipment and safety gear for motorcycle riders are here! And they’re ready to help save your life.
It can be a great experience to ride with a group. But it can also be risky, especially when the group is made up of riders of different skill levels, you are covering more road than you usually would on your own, and dealing with general chaos. Following best safety practices can help you minimize the risks so you can enjoy the fun and camaraderie of a group ride.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the motorcyclist fatally injured after an accident on Cave Creek Road and Peoria Avenue on Thursday, October 10, 2019. After investigating for several hours, police determined the driver of the vehicle that struck the motorcyclist was impaired. The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet. The road was closed between Mescal Street and Peoria Avenue for several hours.
Motorcycle enthusiasts are starting to rev up for riding season in Arizona! Now is the time to dust off the bike, top off the fluids, and inspect the tires. It’s also the time to start thinking about safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 80% of all reported motorcycle collisions result in injury or death to the rider.
Motorcycle crashes are consistently in the headlines in Arizona. While sometimes they are caused when riders lose control, like the recent crash at 143rd and Vineyard Avenue in Goodyear, most times they are caused by other motorists, as in the recent crash when a driver failed to yield to the motorcyclist at 3600 E. Ray Road.
On September 16th, The Husband and Wife Law Team of Breyer Law Offices, P.C., sponsored an Accident Scene Management (ASM) Class at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale. They also hosted Basic, Advanced, and Instructor Courses on October 6th, 7th, and 8th at Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson. In the event of a motorcycle accident, these courses teach the basics of what to do in the vital first 5–30 minutes until help arrives.
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.
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.
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.
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