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The reduced numbers of riding trails for bikers in Coconino National Forest may have something to do with the increased number of Flagstaff motorcycle accidents, and according to Tri Valley Central, complaints from riders are making the U.S. Forest Service take notice. According to reports, the U.S. Forest Service closed nearly all of the 1.8 million acres of Coconino National Forest to off-roaders in May 2012, leaving less than 20 miles of trail made specifically for motorcycles and ATV riders. Now, an additional 78 miles of trail is being considered, which would provide outback riders more safety on the curvy roads in the pristine forest between I-17 and Lake Mary Road. Reports indicate that a final decision on the new trails will not be made until winter, which means that bikers should continue to take extra precaution on the winding roads that go through the Coconino National Forest.

How to Avoid a Flagstaff Motorcycle Collision in Coconino National Forest

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reports that just shy of 1,800 traffic accidents occur in Flagstaff each year, and there is no shortage of Flagstaff motorcycle collisions in that figure. Around 3,000 motorcycle crashes are reported each year statewide and these collisions result in the deaths of more than 130 individuals on bikes.

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Yavapai Fatal Motorcycle AccidentThe Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) recently reported a significant increase in the number of traffic deaths throughout the state of Arizona, including fatal Yavapai County motorcycle crashes. Recent statistics show that more than 1,340 car accidents happened in Yavapai County in 2011 and that nearly 450 of those collisions caused injuries ranging from minor to serious and life-threatening to just shy of 650 individuals.

Nearly 40 collisions caused deaths in the county the same year and, on average, more than one person was killed per crash, according to reports. Statewide reports indicate that the number of motorcycle accident deaths increased more than 55 percent from around 85 to more than 130.

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As experienced Yuma motorcycle collision attorneys, we were shocked to hear the news from the Yuma Sun on July 31 that multiple burros have been involved in serious car crashes since January. Reports indicate that nearly 25 burros alone have been killed in automobile accidents, including five that died on the morning of July 31. Motorcycle riders should be especially wary of the large numbers of wild burros as they travel down Highway 95, whether it is day or night.

If a motorcycle hits a burro, the bike may flip over the animal or veer into other lanes of traffic. Other vehicles may also experience rollovers and veering patterns after a collision with a burro, which can squash or otherwise seriously damage a motorcycle and its rider.

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Arizona Distracted Driver Motorcycle CrashAs experienced Yuma motorcycle collision attorneys, we know that cell phone use in any vehicle, motorcycles included, is a major distraction. We also know these distractions lead to accidents and these accidents often lead to major injuries.

According to reports from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Distracted Driving project, motorists who use cell phones while driving are four times more likely to be involved in injury accidents than those who do not. The same report indicates that a minimum of 37 percent of the brain’s attention diverts to the cell phone being used, meaning that bikers have more than one-third less of their ability to react to potential hazard in their paths of travel.

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Arizona Motorcycle TripA 60-year-old man who recently learned how to ride a motorcycle took his new bike on a countrywide tour for his birthday, spending a great deal of that time at the Grand Canyon, not worried about the potential for an Arizona motorcycle crash. The man packed the essentials for a road trip and the things that every motorcycle rider should have: clothes, a cell phone, GPS, and riding gear.

While riding through Arizona, the rider used I-10, one of the most dangerous roads in the state for motorcycle riders and he did what all motorcycle riders should do to stay safe: made use of rest stops to keep from getting too tired, watched out for trucks and other motorists, and followed the rules of the road.

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AZ Motorcycle Accident PreventionAs experienced Arizona motorcycle accident attorneys, we know that excitement was brewing amongst riders getting ready to head out for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota from August 6 to August 12. We are happy to know that Arizona riders stayed safe on their way out of the state and on their way back to ensure that they get the most out of their trips.

We hope riders who head to South Dakota for events like these keep in mind a few safety tips:

  • Plan your trip, including rest stops and overnight stays in advance.
  • Don’t try to ride the whole way without stopping.
  • Remember to take a helmet and wear it in states that require use.
  • Learn about the roads you will be traveling on before you go.

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As experienced motorcycle collision attorneys in Arizona, we have heard of motorcycle riders traveling out of state being met with safety violation checkpoints that could lead to citations and bike impound. As of July 2012, the state of California, along with Illinois, has banned these checkpoints, according to the American Motorcycle Association (AMA). Many biker’s rights groups argue that the checkpoints are discriminatory towards bikers, as they are not random and do not require other vehicles to be inspected.

How to Protect Yourself from a Serious Arizona Motorcycle Collision

Motorcycles are involved in approximately 2,750 Arizona collisions each year, according to reports out of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). Around 2,600 motorcyclists are injured and nearly 100 are killed in these crashes, according to statistics. Regular pre-ride safety checks should always be done as well as taking other safety precautions, such as:

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Lawyers in Arizona who are experienced in motorcycle accidents will make sure that the rights of Arizona motorcycle riders are protected. Many times, accidents happen when a motorcycle breaks down. It is important to protect yourself if your motorcycle breaks down, especially if you are on the highway. When a motorcycle breaks down, many times it is on a road or highway where there is a lot of traffic. Often times the vehicle driver does not see the motorcycle riders on the busy street. This happens many times for vehicle drivers as well, but for a motorcycle rider it is far more dangerous as they have little around them for protection. If you have a cell phone and even if you can repair your motorcycle on your own, it is best to call the police so that they can put barricades or traffic signals around you while you are fixing your bike.

Motorcycle Break Downs Could be Dangerous

Each year, the number of motorcycle accidents in the United States is recorded. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle accidents accounted for 13% of the fatal traffic accidents in 2009. There were 4,462 people who were killed in these traffic accidents. From these motorcycle crash statistics, we do not know the mechanics of each accident but we do know that motorcycle breakdowns are very common and often lead to serious injury by inattentive drivers.

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AZ Motorcycle Car CollisionAs 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.

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Being involved in an Arizona motorcycle crash can change your life. In most cases, according to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), the drivers of cars involved are to blame for collisions with motorcycles and this can have far-reaching emotional and personal impacts for years to come. But what actually causes a collision with a motorcycle? It isn’t always intentional ignorance, but negligent driver motorcycle crashes in Arizona are a highly common cause.

  • The stopping distance for a motorcycle is about the same as a car on a dry surface. But add rain or snow and a motorcycle needs a much greater stopping distance.
  • While a car has only one major way to slow down — pressing on the brakes — a motorcyclist can also ease up on the throttle or downshift into a lower gear for an immediate decrease in speed. The downside? No brake lights.
  • The small size of most motorcycles make them perfect for hiding in a car’s blind spot, and also make them appear twice to three times as far away as a car in the same spot.

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