Motorcycle accidents are a common cause of injury and death on California’s roadways. Because a motorcycle rider is completely exposed in a crash, injuries tend to be more severe than those associated with car accidents. Understanding the causes of motorcycle accidents and what to do if you’re in an accident is extremely valuable if you are or know a motorcycle rider.
Motorcycle Crash Statistics
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report for 2014, 4,586 people died in motorcycle accidents. This number was slightly improved over the year before, by about 2.3%. With 8.4 million motorcycles on the road that year, this may seem like a small number, but related statistics are eye opening:
- 92,000 motorcycle riders were injured in crashes that same year
- 39% of people killed in motorcycle accidents in 2014 were not wearing helmets
- Motorcycle riders are 26 times more likely to die in an accident than people driving cars
What Were the Primary Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
The causes of motorcycle accidents are similar to those of car accidents; however, the results can be much more devastating:
- 34% of deadly motorcycle accidents indicated speeding as a factor
- 25% of deadly motorcycle accidents involved a rider who wasn’t properly licensed
- 29% of deadly motorcycle accidents included alcohol as a factor
Other causes of motorcycle accidents include roadway defects, defects in the motorcycle, disobeying traffic laws, and negligent car drivers.
What to Do If You or a Loved One Were Hurt in a Motorcycle Accident
If you or a loved one were the victim of a motorcycle accident, or you lost a loved one to a crash, your life has been turned upside down. Having adequate legal and emotional support during this time is critical.
At Matson Injury Law, we have worked with hundreds of families who have been affected by a motorcycle accident and can help you navigate through the complicated processes of getting adequate medical care, dealing with insurance companies, and bringing forward a claim for compensation if your accident was caused by another negligent driver.
When life changes drastically after a motorcycle crash, it’s always in your best interest to get legal advice right away, regardless if you believe you played a part in causing the crash or not. Your motorcycle accident attorney can help you protect your rights and best interests during this complicated situation, and can assist you in getting the insurance coverage and compensation you need to move forward.
Call Matson Injury Law today for a consultation at (626) 792-1900 or (626) 792-1900.