In 2015, nearly 5,000 people died in motorcycle crashes, up 8.3 percent from 4,594 in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2015, motorcyclists were 29 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled, and almost five times more likely to be injured.
Motorcycle Accidents: A Variety of Causes
Motorcycle accidents can occur as a result of negligence by the motorcyclist or other automobile drivers. The main causes of motorcycle accidents are: (1) Poor weather; (2) Ignoring driving laws; (3) Use of alcohol when riding; (4) Lack of riding experience; (5) Motorcycle/Road defects; and (6) Reduced visibility of motorcyclist on the road in comparison to vehicles.
Use of Helmets
A large number of motorcycle fatalities are a result of brain injury and severe trauma to the head. In 2015, 40 percent of motorcyclists killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes were not wearing a helmet. In California, the California Vehicle Code requires the use of a helmet while riding a motorcycle. Recovery of damages after a motorcycle accident may be limited by California state law if it is discovered that the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
In the event of an accident, it is important for injured motorcyclists to have effective legal representation and receive proper medical attention as soon as possible. Prober & Raphael Injury Lawyers is skilled in handling motorcycle accidents throughout California from the inception of the claim through settlement. Please contact us at (818) 466-1000 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation of your case. And remember, no attorneys fees are collected by our firm until your case is won!