Nearly three decades ago, one of the most comprehensive studies into the cause and effect relationship of motorcycle accidents was published. While this study might be old, the research findings still ring true today and provide insight into preventing deadly Arizona motorcycle accidents.
The Hurt study was published in 1981, after researcher Harry Hurt of the University of Southern California received funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The team of researchers thoroughly investigated just about every aspect of 900 motorcycle accidents.
Here are the findings:
- Roadway defects only accounted for about 2 percent of the accidents
- In two-thirds of motorcycle accidents involving multiple vehicles, the vehicle driver violated the motorcyclist’s right-of-way
- The failure of motorists to see and recognize motorcycles in traffic was the leading cause of motorcycle crashes
- The most frequent accident configuration involved an automobile turning left in front of an oncoming motorcycle
- Intersections were the common sites of motorcycle accidents
- The median pre-accident speed was 29.8 mph and median crash speed was 21.5 mph
- Distracted driving was a common factor for the motorcyclist in an accident (driver inattention was a problem even in the 1980’s!)
- Alcohol was a contributing factor in about half of the fatal motorcycle accidents
Some of the key lessons that can be taken away from this study include the fact that both motorists and motorcyclists need to be aware of their surroundings. They need to look out for other vehicles and stay focused on the driving task at hand. When entering an intersection, extra precaution should be taken.
Nathan Hogle – Arizona Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident anywhere in the state of Arizona, contact us for a free evaluation of your case. Attorney Nathan Hogle spent the entire first half of his career as a lawyer working with insurance companies. He now uses that knowledge and experience to help victims collect as much money from the insurance companies as possible.
All accident cases we take are on a contingency basis, meaning you do not pay us unless we can recover money for you – either through an out-of-court settlement or in a full jury trial.
We are happy to take your case as far as it needs to go to make sure the injuries and losses you may have suffered due to someone else’s negligence can help make you whole as possible.
For more information, contact us by calling 480-999-0646 or filling out our online form. Also be sure to order your free copy of attorney Nathan Hogle’s book, 9 Huge Mistakes That Can CRUSH your Arizona Accident Case.