The number of motorcycle accidents in the U.S. has risen in recent years — and California is no exception.
In fact, California has one of the highest motorcycle accident fatality rates. In 2009, 385 motorcycle riders were killed; only two states in the U.S. had a higher number of deaths that year.
Nationwide, statistics from recent years show an upward trend for motorcycle accidents. The federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that in 2011, 4,612 motorcyclists died in crashes — a 2% increase from the previous year.
Motorcycle riders are much more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than automobile passengers. According to the NHTSA, motorcyclists have a 35 times greater risk of being in a fatal accident than someone in an automobile.
Despite California’s reputation as a heavy regulation state, there is no helmet law, nor is there the requirement for a particular operator license. While this gives greater freedom to motorcyclists, it also statistically increases the potential for severe injuries or death among riders.
One recent motorcycle crash in Del Mar, California, unfolded on a crowded highway. The July 20, 2014 crash claimed the life of a 22-year-old man. After failing to maintain control of his motorcycle while traveling at high speed, the man was ejected from the bike and slid under another vehicle. His riderless motorcycle traveled more than 100 feet, crashing into two other vehicles before coming to a stop.
Fatalities, of course, are not the only outcome of an accident. Injuries abound, and can be incredibly severe. The injuries sustained in a crash can completely alter a person’s life. Medical bills can pile up quickly. You could wind up disabled, or in need of long-term therapy or care.
In a July 7, 2013 accident in Bakersfield, California, a motorcyclist ended up on life support. An SUV turned in front of him — the driver distracted by their cell phone — causing the accident. The motorcyclist spent three weeks in a medically-induced coma, leading to more than $500,000 in medical bills. Also, he also has to wear a pacemaker for the rest of his life.
Our motorcycle accident attorneys in Orange County, with their unique expertise, are an invaluable asset whether you or a loved one were riding a motorcycle or were simply in an accident that involved one. When it comes to legal representation, Chris and Frank has the experience and expertise can give you the “leg up” you need to have the outcome be in your favor.