Motorcyclist Dies in Crash
A 22-year-old motorcyclist lost his life on Monday, October 22, 2018, when his motorcycle collided with a car in Chandler near Elliot Road on Arizona Avenue. Police identified the man and have notified his family.
It is unclear who was driving the car, but police say alcohol and drugs did not play a role in this crash, nor did speeding. They are continuing to investigate the circumstances that led up to the crash to determine what caused it and who was at fault.
In Arizona in 2017, there were a total of 2,907 crashes involving motorcycles, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. This number has steadily increased every year since 2014, and the number of fatalities has increased as well. In 2017, 161 people were killed in motorcycle crashes, and 2,413 were injured.
According to the statistics, most motorcycles collide with motor vehicles. Other crashes are caused by:
• the motorcycle overturning
• colliding with a pedestrian
• colliding with a bicyclist
• hitting an animal
• hitting a fixed or non-fixed object
• a fire or explosion
Most motorcycle crashes also occur during daylight hours on dry roads. The majority of people who are involved in crashes are between the ages of 25 and 34 years, most of them men, and most wearing helmets. The majority of crashes were due to no fault of the motorcyclist, which means the car driver was to blame.
Counties with the most crashes involving motorcycles include:
• Maricopa with 1922
• Pima with 365
• Mohave with 125
• Yavapai with 116
• Pinal with 115
Motorcyclists can suffer severe injuries when they crash, including road burns, broken bones, head and neck injuries, impact injuries, crushed limbs, and spinal cord injuries. Even if motorcyclists wear helmets, the impact to the head that they suffer might still cause fatal injuries.
The Husband and Wife Law Team has represented Chandler motorcyclists for more than two decades, and regularly attends outreach programs within the community to help make drivers more aware of motorcyclists and teach them to share the road safely. We also work with victims and their families, helping to reach settlements with insurance companies to pay for their medical bills, lost wages, funeral costs, pain and suffering and more. It’s important to us to support our Arizona motorcycle community through ongoing education and make the roads safer for everyone.