CHP Reports Increase in Motorcycle Accident Fatalities
Motor vehicle accident rates in California fluctuate for many reasons.
For instance, car accident rates tend to rise at certain times of the
year due to traffic volume, increases in drunk driving, or weather-related
factors. On a recent year-to-year basis, car and truck accident rates
have been affected both by increased use of cell phones and texting devices,
as well as state laws that prohibit certain types of distracted driving behavior.
A recent rise in the number of
motorcycle fatalities in California has been attributed to other factors. Increased popularity of motorcycles
due to their superior fuel efficiency and popularity among recreational
riders has caused California motorcycle registrations to nearly double
in the past decade. California currently has more than one million motorcycle
riders registered to ride on its streets and highways.
Data from the California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic
Records System shows a 20 percent increase in the number of motorcyclists
killed from 2010 to 2011. The rise from 348 to 411 California biker deaths
is the first increase since 2008, when 529 motorcyclists died, as opposed
to 465 in 2007.
The long term trends are even more troubling. Over the decade ending in
2007, motorcyclist fatalities increased 132 percent, and biker injuries
increased more than 75 percent. Motorcycle safety advocates are concerned
that an annual toll of several hundred fatalities and 10,000 or more injuries
is the unacceptable new normal.
Fighting for the Rights & Safety of Motorcycle Riders
In a recent press release, the CHP announced the latest statistics and
called on all motorists to focus on strategies for preventing future tragedies.
"By looking twice, you may save the life of a motorcyclist,"
CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow cautioned Californians when announcing the
rise in motorcycle accidents. Just as important, awareness that car and
truck drivers share the road with much more vulnerable bikers reduces
the chance of life-altering
brain trauma and
Determinations of fault and liability in the aftermath of a motorcycle
crash are a crucial step in helping accident victims and wrongful death
survivors seek appropriate compensation for their losses. Only a Los Angeles
personal injury lawyer who specializes in handling motorcycle accidents
can provide the expertise necessary to establish liability in difficult
accident scenarios. Furthermore, only attorney experienced in handling
significant injury claims can present your case in a way that maximizes
your financial recovery from the negligent drivers responsible for causing you harm.