A fatal motorcycle accident has shocked Phoenix last week after a motorcyclist ended up through a windshield after colliding with an SUV (ABC15 08/29/2011).
Police received reports of a crash at 12th Street and Northern Avenue around 8:20 p.m. Monday night. Initial investigations reveal the accident happened after the SUV heading west on Northern Avenue failed to yield while turning to the motorcyclist who was travelling eastbound. The 23-year-old victim was rushed to a local hospital but was later pronounced dead.
Responding officers say the victim was wearing a helmet when the fatal accident happened. Tests were carried out to determine if impairment was a factor but the SUV driver tested negative.
Motorcycles pose a number of advantages over automobiles. They can easily pass narrow passages and are cheaper on gas. Some would prefer a motorcycle over a car just because of the different riding experience it offers. But motorcycles leave riders with limited protection; neither an air bag nor a seat belt is present to protect them during a crash.
Statistically speaking, motorcycles do have a higher fatality rate compared to automobiles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 72 in every 100,000 registered motorcycles end up in fatal accidents as opposed to only 13 for cars.
These numbers are not meant to discourage motorcycle riding but rather to promote a “safety first” mindset. Wearing proper protective gear such as DOT-approved helmets, avoiding alcohol and speeding, and staying alert on the road are a few of the best ways that motorcyclists can enjoy a safe ride on the road.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal Arizona motorcycle accident that was caused by the negligence of another driver, our Phoenix motorcycle accident wrongful death attorneys at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. may be able to help. Call us today at (602) 457-6222 for a free consultation.