Arizona’s rate of motorcycle fatality is higher than the national average. That’s an alarming fact given that the nationwide numbers are already so startling.
Even though motorcycles account for only about 3% of the vehicles on the road, they’re involved in more than 10% of all the auto accidents in America. Of those, an astounding 80% result in serious injury or death.
The issue of motorcycle safety is especially pressing on Arizonans’ minds now, given the tragic loss of two officers in two different motorcycle crashes in recent weeks.
As The Daily Courier reports, one officer was killed when a drunk driver rear-ended his motorcycle and threw him through an intersection. Another was killed when an SUV ran a red light and struck his bike.
Some motorcycle accidents are hard to avoid. The very nature of a motorcycle exposes its drivers to a greater risk of harm. In the tragic case of both these officers, their deaths were the result of negligent or dangerous behavior by other drivers. They died to no fault of their own.
As Arizona motorcycle accident lawyers, we know that motorcycle deaths caused by others are all too common. Drivers should remember that motorcycles are legitimate vehicles and, just like any car, they have a right to use and enjoy the roads. Those operating other vehicles have a duty to share the highway with motorcyclists in a safe and reasonable manner.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed while operating a motorcycle, the experienced Arizona motorcycle accident attorneys at Kamper, Estrada & Simmons, LLP can help. You may be entitled to significant compensation for your suffering or your family’s loss. Contact us to schedule a consultation at no charge today.