Motorcycle accident-related deaths and injuries are on the rise in California. The California Office of Traffic Safety reports that there were 519 motorcycle accident fatalities in 2014. This is a 12.1% increase from 2013, when the state reported 463 motorcycle accident fatalities. Improving economic conditions, increases in tourism, reports of driving under the influence of alcohol, and attractive California land and seascapes have all been blamed for the rise in traffic accidents in the state. While more traffic bodes well for California’s economy, it also poses a threat to the safety of motorcyclists who are relatively unprotected on their bikes. Those who are injured in California motorcycle accidents may be entitled to monetary compensation for any damages they suffer as a result of a motorcycle crash.
California Motorcycle Accident Injuries
California has more registered motorcycles than any other state in the country. Motorcyclists are generally less protected from danger than passengers in trucks, buses, and other passenger vehicles. Statistics show that motorcycle riders are 27 times more likely to die in a traffic accident than those other passengers. If a motorcycle accident is not fatal, the rider is still likely to suffer serious and potentially debilitating injuries. Common motorcycle accident injuries in California include lacerations, broken bones, fractures, traumatic brain injury, whiplash, concussion, spinal cord injury, disfigurement, loss of limbs, road rash, internal organ damage, and paralysis. Victims who suffer these and other injuries can file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages from the person (or persons) responsible for causing the crash.