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Top 3 Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Arizona


For every 200,000 miles traveled by a motorcyclist, a major accident occurs. While that may seem like a low risk for riders, it actually amounts to one out of every 10 motorcyclists likely to be injured in a major accident.

Motorcyclists are afforded no protection in an accident, except their helmet. If you or someone you love rides a motorcycle, wearing a helmet can mean the difference between life and death. You are basically naked when you are driving a motorcycle.

It is also necessary for riders to be on the lookout for the top causes of motorcycle accidents in the state of Arizona.

Vehicle operators of all kinds are also expected to “look twice” for motorcyclists. The smaller size of the vehicle makes it easier for you to hide in a car’s blind spot, as well as maneuver too quickly for a car driver to realize that he is merging into a lane that is already taken.

Driving Under Influence

If it’s dangerous to operate a car under the influence of alcohol or drugs, then it is even more so for a motorcyclist. Cars may be able to absorb your collision, but you could die in even a minor crash as a result of your impaired state.

Often, it is intoxicated car drivers who collide with a sober motorcyclist. While riding, you must exercise greater care than when you are driving a car.

If a car in front or behind you appears to be driving erratically or recklessly, be aware that the driver may be intoxicated. Watch the car carefully and try to get as far away from it as possible.

Lack of Experience

Many motorcyclists simply “take on too much bike” for their level of experience.

There are a variety of bike and engine sizes. Make sure that you drive only what you are capable of managing. Something as minor as making turns or making quick stops can result in devastating damage and injury.

However, the most common motorcycle accidents occur when naïve riders go too fast. These frequent accidents are usually due to a group of riders attempting to outdo one another.

Choose your riding buddies carefully and protect your life by not giving in to peer pressure to race or show off.

Hazardous Roads

In Arizona, some of the most popular motorcycle routes are located in sandy or rocky terrain. Be aware that bikes can be less responsive on hazardous roads.

Some veteran motorcyclists refuse to take the road at all in wet weather. Loose dirt or gravel can be equally dangerous to motorcyclists. Many roads in beautiful parts of the state are still made up of loose dirt and gravel.

You should also make sure that your equipment is working properly. Well-maintained brakes and tires can save your life if you were to lose control.

For more information about how a local Mesa attorney can help you with your motorcycle accident case, contact Ray Arenofsky at 480-345-0444 or visit our website.

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