Motorcycles and Helmets in Arizona
A majority of states, including Arizona, have laws that allow motorcyclists of a certain age to drive their vehicles without helmets. Arizona law permits drivers 18 and above to skip out on the protective headgear. A few other states have bumped the age to 20 yet still, don’t require helmets for all motorcyclists.
Due to the nature of the vehicle, accidents tend to be more serious and life-threatening. Without any barrier between the driver and the road or other vehicles, the probability of a fatality occurring in a crash is much higher for a motorcycle than with a car.
A large number of car accidents occur due to driver error. Drivers can quickly become distracted, fall asleep at the wheel, or even drive while intoxicated. Motorcycles can easily slip into blind spots, especially when driving in between lanes and all it takes is one distracted driver to not see them and cause a fatal crash.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our Arizona personal injury law firm today to speak with a representative about your legal options.
Common Motorcycle Injuries in Arizona
Motorcycle accidents often cause serious and life-changing injuries. Our personal injury attorneys of Arizona strongly suggest all motorcyclists wear the proper protective gear to help limit the damage an accident may cause. Unfortunately, even with a helmet motorcycle accidents can cause a number of injuries that may result in permanent damage or disability. Some of the common injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident include:
- Road Rash
- Fractured and Broken Bones
- Permanent Nerve Damage
- Facial Disfigurement
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
Although not all injuries can be avoided, taking the proper safety measures may help drivers to avoid more serious injuries. This means wearing protective gear such as helmets, boots, and even heavy biking jackets.
How Helmets and Protective Gear Can Save Lives
In 2018 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1,859 lives were saved by helmets. This number could greatly increase if more drivers vowed to use the appropriate protective gear. Motorcycle helmets reduce the risk of death caused by an accident by 37 percent and reduce the risk of a head injury sustained in an accident by 69 percent.
Wearing a helmet can significantly reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury and even death but the head is not the only body part that can be injured in an accident. Road rash can lead to permanent nerve damage and infection can lead to amputation.
Suiting up in long, durable clothing, wearing a helmet, and even wearing gloves can all help to keep your body safe from injury and harm. Protective gear has been proven to help in the following ways:
- Reduce Skin Abrasions
- Minimize Road Rash
- Protect Joints from Harsh Impact
- Prevent Twisting and Breaking of Bones
- Absorb the Force of the Impact
- Protect Neck and Brain from Traumatic Injury
High-quality protective gear can be costly but it is proven to help avoid injuries and even death. The best kind of gear will be comfortable but durable enough to withstand the impact of a crash.
Hiring a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Arizona
Our mission at ELG ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS is to provide exceptional legal representation for our Arizona clients on injury-related matters. We do this by dedicating ourselves to supporting the needs of our clients and excelling in our service to them.
Our personal injury law firm of Arizona meets with clients to go over their goals and then we create an effective legal strategy to accomplish those goals. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Arizona and need legal help, contact our firm office today at (623) 562-3838 to schedule an appointment with a skilled representative and begin working on your case.