07 Jul

Watch for Motorcycles

Posted by on July 7, 2012

Even in the hottest days of the Arizona summers, motorcycles are on our roadways daily. With the cost of gas more often on the rise than in decline, there has been an increase in the number of bikes on the road as well. The National Transportation Safety Board acknowledges motorcycles to be a viable method of travel and we, as drivers, need to be aware of their presence.

The Arizona Department of Transportation statistics show approximately 3,000 motorcycle accidents in 2011. Those accidents are broken down into peak days and hours as well. Saturdays were the peak days for motorcycle accidents and the peak hour for those accidents resulting in fatalities was between 2 and 3 pm.

Statistically, the number of motorcycle accidents increased minimally between 2010 and 2011, seeing only an increase of just over 6 percent. The number of fatalities however, increased by a whopping 55 percent.

The majority of accidents were with other moving vehicles, though there’s no distinction in the numbers of what happened each time. It could be any number of distractions either by the motorcycle operator or the driver of the other vehicles. Cell phones, radios, passengers all can cause a driver of any kind of vehicle to take their eyes of the road if even for a moment.

That moment can mean the difference between safety and disaster.

Keep an eye out for motorcycles. Arizona has many sunny days perfect for riding. There’s bound to be a bike somewhere near you at any given time.

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