Motorcycle accidents, just like car accidents, are scary and happen every day. Because motorcycle drivers have less protection shielding them, these types of accidents can quickly become extremely serious or fatal.
According to the Los Angeles Times, motorcycle accidents in the U.S. in 2013 appear to have declined. However, the theory is that the lower rates aren’t due to safer driving but worse riding conditions. The winter of 2012 was long and dry, driving motorcycle accident rates up.
The LA Times referenced a report conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), which brought to light several facts about motorcycle accidents, including:
Many drivers choose not to wear helmets because they’re uncomfortable or bulky. Some motorcycle drivers may make the claim that they know they’re going to drive safely, but that doesn’t account for other drivers who may be speeding, tired, or distracted.
The Insurance Information Institute reported that 56 out of every 100,000 registered motorcycles were involved in a fatal crash. Because motorcycles are so much smaller than cars and trucks, accidents can be much more common and severe.
In 2014, 69.83 out of every 100,000 registered motorcycle drivers were involved in fatal accidents, compared to 14.11 out of every 100,000 registered truck drivers and 14.39 out of every 100,000 registered passenger cars. Motorcycle drivers have less protection surrounding them, and they can be more difficult for car drivers to notice on the road, which is why there are many additional safety precautions motorcycle drivers may want to consider.
Consumer Reports released ten motorcycle safety tips for new riders, including:
Take care of your motorcycle by checking your lights, horn, and directional signals before each ride.
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, let the experienced attorneys at Holland & Holland represent you. We have a strong understanding of California law and will work with you to achieve a favorable outcome for your case. Contact us today for a consultation.