As experienced Arizona motorcycle crash attorneys, we know that distracted driving has a strong impact on all crashes in Arizona, including those involving motorcycles. In 2010, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reported inattentive and distracted driving as having caused 12,026 collisions statewide. Aside from eating, texting, and talking on a cell phone while driving, we know that letting your mind wander may be one of the leading causes of distracted driving. And there is no more likely a time for your mind to wander while on the road than when you are going home at the end of the workday or on a Friday night.
In 2010, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reported that the peak hours for motorcycle collisions was from 4 to 5 p.m., with 269 collisions, and from 5 to 6 p.m., with 244 collisions. Of these collisions, 88 occurred during these same two hours on Friday afternoons, with Friday coming in at a total of 462 collisions in 2010.
How to Avoid an Arizona Motorcycle Crash Caused By Post-Work Distractions
At least one Arizona motorcycle crash occurs every day during the post-work drive and nearly nine collisions occur every Friday, most likely as a result of people rushing to get home and make the most of their time away from work. Drivers can reduce their risk of being involved in a negligent driver motorcycle crash in Arizona during these peak times by making slight adjustments to their driving habits:
- Give yourself plenty of time to get from work to home. Heavy traffic conditions make it easy to justify speeding but if you pad your arrival time with an additional 15 minutes you will not need to worry about being late.
- Take extra care to watch for motorcycles. During rush hour traffic, motorcycles can become lost in the sea of cars. Keep an eye out.
- Keep your focus on the road to avoid unnecessary knee-jerk reactions. Motorcycles cannot stop as quickly as cars and slamming on the brakes increases your risk of being rear-ended by a motorcyclist.
Why Get Help from an Arizona Motorcycle Crash Attorney?
If you’ve been injured in an Arizona motorcycle crash, a skilled attorney may be able to help by recording and assessing the details of the crash, helping to determine cause and fault, and managing the particulars of the case and settlement. The Husband and Wife Law Team works with victims of motorcycle collisions to ensure they receive fitting compensation for their injuries and recovery including medical costs and the replacement of lost wages, and additional compensation for motorcycle repair or replacement and even pain and suffering. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, the attorneys at Breyer Law, P.C. can help you by answering all your questions. Call today for a free consultation.