According to Mesa Police Detective Mike Melendez, a forty-eight-year-old (48) man suffered life-threatening injuries from a motorcycle accident on Friday afternoon. Police said the driver of the motorcycle was heading east on McKellips Road when he rear ended a vehicle that had stopped in front of him. The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and was transported to the hospital with head injuries.
In 2009, according to the United States Department of Transportation, 4,281 motorcyclists died in motorcycle accidents. The U.S. Department of Transportation further found that fifty-six (56) percent of motorcycle drivers killed in motorcycle accidents were wearing a helmet, and forty-two percent of motorcycle passengers killed in motorcycle accidents were wearing a helmet.
Although helmets have been proven to reduce the risk of death in motorcycle accidents, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that only twenty (20) states and the District of Columbia have laws that require all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet, twenty-seven (27) states have laws that require only riders of a certain age to wear a helmet while on a motorcycle and three (3) states do not have any laws requiring the use of motorcycle helmets. Under Arizona law, only those persons seventeen years of age and under are required to wear a helmet while on a motorcycle.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the motorcycle accident lawyers at the Phoenix law firm Oracle Law Group