Some motorcyclists may share the view that it is not a matter of if they will be in a motorcycle accident but when they will be in a motorcycle accident. Statewide motorcycle crash data in California reveals that between 2003 and 2012, motorcycle crashes and fatalities increased by 23 percent. While motorcycle accident numbers had previously declined in California, they are back on the rise.
The increase in motorcycle accidents is especially true in Los Angeles County which has seen a 49 percent increase in motorcycle accidents since 2003. In addition, 59 percent more motorcycle riders were killed in 2012 in Los Angeles County than in 2010. Experts are uncertain what the increase in motorcycles accidents and motorcycle accident fatalities in the California and the Los Angeles County areas is attributable to.
Although motorcyclists can be involved in different types of accidents, broadside accidents are the most lethal cause in Los Angeles County. Motorcycle accidents can cause extensive damages to victims and their families. Motorcycle accident victims may suffer significant damages following a motorcycle accident including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Both victims, and their families, may suffer additional damages depending on the circumstances.
The legal process provides important options and protections for victims harmed by careless drivers. Because of the vulnerability of motorcyclist on the roadways, it is important that they are familiar with the resources available to help them recover compensation for the damages they have suffered when they have been harmed in a motorcycle accident.
Source: SCPR.org, “Motorcycle crashes, deaths spike 23 pct. in SoCal: Gas prices, economy blamed,” Erika Aguilar, et al., Dec. 24, 2014