When fatal motorcycle accidents in Arizona increased by 58 percent from 2010 to 2011, state officials realized that they needed to address the issue. In her State of the State address, Gov. Jan Brewer said that reducing motorcycle deaths was a top priority, and motorcycle training might be the way to do that.
Now, the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Arizona Department Transportation are urging all motorcycle riders to enroll in training courses. Since each year sees an increase in registered motorcycles, it makes sense that more knowledgeable riders would reduce the number of fatal motorcycle crashes.
Currently, Arizona state law (similar to Colorado law) states that riders can receive their motorcycle license certification by passing a written and riding test at a Department of Motor Vehicles office or approved testing facility. While training courses are not mandatory, they can teach riders how to respond to accident situations and avoid injury.
‘Sissy’ or ‘Badge of Honor’?
Motorcycle safety trainers recognized one factor that prevents Arizona bikers from taking safety courses.
“In other places, it’s a badge of honor to show what kind of training you’ve had, but here the culture kind of says you’re a sissy if you take rider training and that can’t be farther from the truth,” says William Seltzer of Team Arizona, a motorcycle training center.
We encourage all bikers to ignore any social stigma they might find in the motorcycle community about safety courses. They can teach you new skills and drastically improve your riding abilities. We highly encourage them for new riders unfamiliar with the vehicle and laws.
When a distracted, drunk or unfocused driver crashes into a motorcycle, the driver could owe you damages for your pain, suffering, medical bills or loss of a loved one. Call (866) 377-3800 today to speak with our motorcycle attorneys at no charge.
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