Motorcycle Accident Causes in Arizona

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In a perfect world, motorcycle accidents would be 100% preventable, but unfortunately, they do happen even to the safest and most experienced riders. All riders can take steps to safeguard themselves and lower risk of injury. One way for motorcycle riders to stay safe is by becoming aware of the top motorcycle accident causes.

Additionally, remember to seek the assistance of Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys when you want a reliable Arizona motorcycle accident lawyer so that you can preserve your legal rights in the event of an accident. 

Motorcycle Accidents Causes

It can be difficult to pinpoint the precise reason behind a traffic accident or motorcycle accident. Examining data sets pertaining to a crash’s initial harmful event, the type of collision, the manner of collision, and other conditions noted by law enforcement reports at accident scenes is one way to extrapolate (or at least make an educated guess as to) what the primary causes of accidents may be. 

To find the top motorcycle accident causes, we reviewed data from the most recent Motor the Vehicle Crash Facts reports released by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). This list more realistically represents some of the most prevalent characteristics and contributing variables to motorcycle accidents in Arizona, since the precise causes of motorcycle accidents can’t always be quantified.

Collisions with Other Vehicles

  • In 2021, there were a total of 2,594 motorcycle accidents in Arizona, including both fatal and non-fatal crashes.
  • 1,526 of the total crashes in Arizona were caused by collisions with other vehicles, or 58.8% of all motorcycle collisions
  • These stats are similar to past years. Between 2016 and 2020, collisions with other cars, trucks, or motorcycles accounted for around 57.8% of all motorcycle accidents, according to the ADOT. 

Collisions with Fixed Objects

  • Collisions with fixed objects were the second most common cause of motorcycle accidents in Arizona in 2021, with a total of 495 accidents related to this cause. 
  • This accounts for 19% of all crashes in 2021
  • The number of motorcycle accidents caused by collisions with fixed objects increased 8.7% from 2020.


  • Rollovers, or overturning, were the third most common cause of Arizona motorcycle accidents in 2021, with a total of 425. 
  • This accounts for 16.3% of Arizona motorcycle crashes in 2021. 
  • Rollover motorcycle accidents in Arizona increased by 31.5% from 2020 to 2021.

Collisions with Non-Fixed Objects 

  • This includes collisions with parked vehicles, trains, railway vehicles, and work zone equipment.
  • There were 89 motorcycle accidents attributed to this cause in 2021, or 3.4% of all crashes
  • The number of crashes caused by collisions with non-fixed objects increased by 4.7% from 2020 to 2021.

Driving Under the Influence

  • There were 125 alcohol-related motorcycle crashes in Arizona in 2021, or 4.8% of all crashes.
  • 20 of those crashes resulted in a fatality. 
  • In 2020, there were 106 total motorcycle accidents attributed to alcohol. From 2020 to 2021, alcohol related motorcycle accidents increased by 17.9%.

Getting Legal Help After a Motorcycle Accident

Regardless of the motorcycle accident cause, if you or a loved one were hurt in an accident you think was brought on by the negligence of another driver, it’s important that you get your case thoroughly examined by a skilled Arizona personal injury attorney

You might be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and possibly more. Your chances of getting the compensation you deserve increase when you have devoted legal representation on your side.

Call Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys 24/7 at 602-977-1900. You can also connect online with one of our LiveChat agents standing by, or fill out this form to get started on your free case evaluation with no fee until we win your case.  

The information on this blog is for general information purposes only. Nothing herein should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.