Motorcycle Crashes: Fewest Accidents with Highest Fatality Rate

On May 14, 2015, a young motorcyclist died from injuries sustained during a collision with another vehicle.  The driver of a passenger car tried making a left turn in front of the motorcyclist traveling in the opposite direction.  The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike after colliding with the side of the turning vehicle.  The motorcyclist sustained severe injuries and later past away at the hospital.  The driver of the vehicle sustained only minor injuries.

Unfortunately, this is only one of the recent fatal motorcycle accidents in Arizona.   In 2014, there were 3,127 motorcycle accidents in Arizona which accounted for only two percent (2%) of all crashes.  However, motorcycle crashed resulted in the highest fatality and injury ratio.  Over seventy-nine (79%) resulted in some sort of injury to the rider or passenger and over four percent (4%) resulted in a fatality.[1]

Arizona law mandates that riders under the age of eighteen (18) wear a helmet securely fastened while operating a motorcycle.[2]  Statistics released by the Motor Vehicle Division state that nearly thirty-four percent (34%) of all fatal or incapacitating injuries involved riders and passengers not wearing helmets.[3]  Though helmet use may not be required by law over the age of eighteen (18) in Arizona, wearing a protective helmet is always a wise decision.

Motorcycle riders who survive accidents are far more likely to sustain serious injuries than those in cars or even pedestrians; medical bills can reach over $10,000, higher if the rider was not wearing a helmet.[4] If the other driver’s negligence caused the accident, a biker may obtain compensation for his or her injuries.  Damages may include payment for pain and suffering, scarring, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, economic loss, and more.   If you or a loved one is injured in a motorcycle accident, a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help you receive adequate compensation.

Riding a motorcycle can be a dangerous activity.  To stay safe, consider these tips from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation:

  1. Wear reflective clothing at night.
  2. Stay out of car and truck blind spots.
  3. Make sure your headlight and brake lights are working properly.
  4. ALWAYS wear a helmet.
  5. Wear leather or protective clothing.
  6. Stay alert while riding.
  7. Give other motorists time and space.
  8. Avoid weaving in and out of traffic.
  9. Never take drugs or alcohol before riding.
  10. Take a motorcycle safety riding class.



[1] Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts 2014.

[2] A.R.S. §28-964.

[3] Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts 2014.

[4] “Costs of Injuries Resulting from Motorcycle Crashes:  A Literature Review,”  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.