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The Increased Likelihood of Getting into a Motorcycle Accident


In California, you are 28 times more likely to be in a motorcycle accident than any other motor vehicle accident. This is even much more common in South California, where motorcycle fatalities and deaths increase.

Why Motorcycles have a higher probability of traffic accidents 

There are many reasons and factors that increase the likelihood of an accident. The fact remains that the risk factors are a lot worse for motorcycles than any other motor vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety, 14% of people killed and 4% of others injured in traffic accidents are motorcyclists. In fact, around 5,000 motorcycle riders died in traffic accidents in 2013 alone. 

People love riding motorcycles because of the adrenaline rush. They are small, fast and give a rider a great sense of freedom. However, motorcycles lack structural support. Unlike other motor vehicles, motorcycles have no doors or a roof to offer protection. 

Different Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

There are many causes of motorcycle accidents, some are external and others are internal. The NHSTA claims that 60% of fatal accidents take place in urban areas. Motorcycle crashes are related to high traffic density. Another 9% of accidents occur on interstates. The reason for that is roads in urban areas can be narrow, winding, curvy, and sometimes hilly. 

Traffic density is another cause for accidents. In areas with heavy traffic, the chances of an accident increase. California is famous for its heavy traffic. And a few years ago, lane splitting was approved. Therefore your chances in a motorcycle accident increases significantly in California. 

California Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle accidents can be traumatic and cause severe injuries or even death. That is why getting the right help is of extreme importance. What does it mean to get the ‘right help’? It means receiving expert advice, medical treatment and damage recovery. An experienced southern California will do exactly that for you. Our legal team is equipped to help you recover all your damages, financial, medical, and emotional. Call us today to schedule your free consultation.