With a temperate climate in most areas and winding mountain and oceanside roads, California is in many ways a motorcyclist’s dream. Riders can enjoy year-round transportation on a motorcycle, unlike in states that have colder winter weather. Additionally, there are many scenic routes to travel on the weekends for fun. People who don’t want to buy a motorcycle could even rent one for special trips.
Unfortunately, with the joy and excitement of a motorcycle ride comes a disproportionate amount of risk. Every year, hundreds of motorcycle drivers across the state of California wind up killed in motorcycle collisions or crashes, while thousands of other motorcycle drivers end up hurt. Knowing those statistics could help motivate you to make safer decisions about your gear and driving habits before heading out on your motorcycle.
Motorcycle deaths account for a disproportionately high number of traffic fatalities
According to a statistical analysis looking at data from 2016 by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), California is the 13th worst state for the percentage of traffic deaths that impact motorcycle drivers. In 2016, 15.1% of all traffic fatalities in California involved individuals on motorcycles. The state tied with Washington for the same rank.
Many factors influence the likelihood of a motorcycle collision. Quite a few people who get into crashes choose not to wear safety gear, which can drastically increase the risk of a fatality or severe injuries. Some people will actually drive motorcycles without the proper licensing or get on their bike after drinking. Of course, even those with the right licensing and safety gear can still wind up hurt or even killed by the poor decisions of people in larger, enclosed vehicles.
If you are injured or a loved one is killed in a motorcycle crash caused by another person, you can seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. An experienced attorney can help you learn more about your legal options.