Los Angeles and the High Rate of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclist deaths have doubled since 1999 and have reached an all-time high, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Between 2001 and 2008, more than 1.2 million motorcyclists were injured and nearly 35,000 were killed, according to the study. Young adults were at the greatest risk of suffering a serious or fatal injury, but all motorcyclists are at a greater risk compared to occupants of passenger vehicles.
Although motorcycles are in the minority on our roadways, the fatality rate for motorcyclists was six times higher than that of passenger car occupants. The injury rate was also substantially higher, and motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities.
Motorcycles are becoming an increasingly popular method of transportation. They are also frequently enjoyed for recreational rides. If you enjoy riding or ride out of necessity, you have options to keep yourself safer. California state law requires all motorcycle drivers and passengers to wear appropriate helmets. Alcohol and motorcycles do not mix: Alcohol can significantly impair your ability to ride safely and is a common factor in motorcycle accidents. Finally, wear protective clothing that includes reflective or bright features to make you more visible to other drivers.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, we can help. We will work to recoup the financial losses that you have suffered and to protect your future with compensation for medical bills, lost wages and reduced earning ability. Contact us today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with our Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney.
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