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When does spring spring in Arizona?

Because of the warmth of the Arizona sun, we tend to feel as if it's spring here well before people in northern climes do. While they're out shoveling snow off their sidewalks, we are basking in sunny days with temperatures climbing into the 80s in February and then onward and upward in March, April and May.

Every year we face the same question: when is it really spring in Phoenix? One of the signs of spring is when you hear the throaty growl of motorcycles. Of course, when motorcyclists hit the Arizona roads, they often face hazards from drivers of cars, pick-ups, SUVs and commercial trucks. When one of those vehicles collides with a motorcycle, the rider is the one who most often faces serious injuries or even death.

Last year, May was designated as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. While that's probably the first month in which riders in the northeast can reasonably expect to roll, Arizona motorcyclists have long-since fired up their bikes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration put out a press release last year to help "all drivers and motorcyclists to 'share the road.'"

One of the most significant points the federal agency made was that motorcyclists have the very "same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as any other motorist." That means, for example, that other drivers are to give those on motorcycles a full lane at all times. There isn't room to spare in the rider's lane; cars that try to squeeze in can cause accidents and serious injuries.

For those motorcyclists injured by a negligent, distracted or careless driver, medical expenses can be enormous, and extended time away from work can also take a heavy financial toll. Discuss compensation for your damages with an attorney experienced in representing clients hurt in Phoenix-area motorcycle accidents.

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