Motorcycle accidents often have a catastrophic impact on the rider. It is rare that riders escape unharmed when they are in a collision – roughly 80% of all motorcycle accidents result in injury or death. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, we encourage you to contact our motorcycle accident lawyers. Motorcycle crash claims can be very complicated, with many parties sharing responsibility for the crash. In order to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries and losses, you will need an experienced attorney to pursue justice on your behalf.
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MOTORCYCLE COLLISION STATISTICS
Statistics about motorcycle crashes demonstrate just how devastating a motorcycle accident can be. There are many reasons why accidents are so dangerous for riders. The lack of protection during a crash, lax helmet regulations, confusing lane-splitting laws, and distracted driving all contribute to the high number of motorcycle injuries and fatalities in California each year.
The following statistics were collected from California’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System and California Highway Patrol reports:
- In the state of California, motorcycle accident fatalities have increased 175 percent over the last 10 years.
- Approximately 80 percent of motorcycle crashes result in death or serious injuries.
- In California, the number of motorcycle fatalities actually dropped 7 percent in 2015.
- The majority of motorcycle accidents occur between May and September, when the weather is the nicest for riding.
- Riders in the 25 – 34 age group are most likely to be injured or killed in a motorcycle collision.
- As of May 2016, there are 862,705 registered motorcycles and more than 1.4 million licensed riders in California.
- Motorcycle accidents are more deadly than any other type of motor vehicle accident. According to the Los Angeles Times, motorcycle deaths in California account for 17% of all road fatalities, yet motorcyclists represent just 3% of registered vehicle owners.
DETERMINING FAULT IN MOTORCYCLE COLLISION CASES
A crucial component in any motorcycle crash lawsuit is determining who was at fault for the accident. In many motorcycle accidents, there are several parties at fault. California Comparative Negligence laws allow more than one person or party to be held responsible for an accident. Once each party’s level of fault is determined, an appropriate payout can be agreed upon. At California Personal Injury Attorneys, we rely on police reports, eyewitness testimonies, and reports from independent experts, and our attorneys to demonstrate fault in our motorcycle suits.
If you were partially responsible for the accident, you may still be entitled to a settlement, as motorcycle crashes are rarely the sole fault of the rider. Responsible parties may include other drivers, the manufacturer of your motorcycle, or the local authority responsible for road maintenance and signage. It is important that you consult with one of our experienced lawyers before discussing your case with another party’s insurance company. Insurance companies seek quick settlements and any statement you provide may make it harder to pursue a fair settlement later on.