Sometimes, Phoenix, AZ motorcycle accidents occur even when it appears that everybody involved was acting in a safe manner. The most recent terrible motorcycle crash that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist occurred when Don Pender, a 70 year old man, was killed after he somehow lost control of his motorcycle at South Mountain Park.
But we see motorcyclists killed throughout Arizona, whether it be on the streets of Tucson, Arizona, the city streets of Flagstaff, Arizona, or on the freeways from Yuma, Arizona to Phoenix, Arizona and beyond, we very often see drivers and motor vehicles striking motorcyclists without paying attention. Very often, the person driving the motorcycle and the person riding the motorcycle was not at fault but is the one who suffers the serious injury or, in the case like this, the loss of life. However, in this case there appears to have been no other motor vehicles, cars, or trucks, that were involved in the incident. It is difficult to know what caused Mr. Pender to lose his life.
We do applaud Mr. Pender and his passenger, by both reports both of whom were 70 or older, and wearing their helmets, not drinking alcohol, and going out for a ride with other motorcycle enthusiasts. South Mountain Park is normally a safe place to ride and it is unfortunate that this motorcycle accident in Phoenix occurred.
Whether or not there may be compensation available to Mr. Pender or his passenger is difficult to say without more information. However, this is a reminder of the importance of carrying every type of insurance that is available. For, in addition to the unspeakable emotional toll that this incident will undoubtedly take upon Mr. Pender’s family, his passenger, and all others involved, there are also financial losses very often associated with these types of tragedies. Whether it be life insurance, underinsured motor insurance coverage, or other types of insurance, such as uninsured motorist coverage, motorcycle riders and passengers very often need the best protection possible to protect their loved ones in the case of this type of tragedy.
Perhaps this was one of those motorcycle accidents where the injured rider was not hurt by the negligence of a car driving through the streets of Gilbert, Arizona, but where people who are safe in every other way for, whatever reason, were involved in this incident. On the other hand, it would take a detailed investigation – often beyond that of the investigation initially done by responding police officers – to make sure that everybody who should be held accountable for this loss is held accountable for the loss.
Our hearts go out to the family of Mr. Pender, while at the same time we applaud his apparent willingness to continue to be safe while riding a motorcycle and be willing to out with a group of others to enjoy his life in what is usually a very safe and beautiful part of Phoenix, Arizona for motorcycle riders.