As a motorcycle rider, you should always stay informed regarding California’s motorcycle accident statistics and what the numbers mean for your safety on the road. As you may know, riding motorcycles puts you at a much higher risk for a serious injury in the event of a crash than other motorists in a car or truck.
The statistics in this post illustrate how traffic fatalities are much more common in motorcycle crashes than car accidents. Our team from Power Legal Group also discusses some safety tips for motorcyclists.
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Did you know that over 950,000 registered motorcycles are on the road in California? With the largest number of registered motorcycles in the nation, it should come as no surprise that the number of fatal motorcycle crashes and serious injuries in our state is also higher. Let’s look at some motorcycle crash statistics from the most recent years available, gathered from these sources:
The following California motorcycle accident statistics are from the years 2015 to 2019:
Here’s the data from UC Berkeley’s February 2017 SafeTREC report on the five most common types of motorcycle accidents:
The top five causes of motorcycle accidents were also in UC Berkeley’s 2017 SafeTREC report:
Perhaps the saddest fact is this: Motorcyclists are much more likely to die in an accident than people in a car or truck. Passenger vehicle occupants have a few tons of steel and modern technology cradling them for protection in a crash; motorcycle drivers aren’t so lucky. For that reason and many more, one of the most hotly debated issues in the motorcycling community is universal helmet laws.
In fact, most motorcycle accidents in which the rider isn’t wearing protective gear and a motorcycle helmet are usually quite severe and can cause spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and worse. A perfect example of this is a 1994 study that sought to understand the effect of California’s 1992 law requiring the use of a helmet by motorcyclists.
The study found that in the two years after the helmet law went into effect, motorcycle fatalities decreased by 37.5% and prevented an estimated 92 to 122 further fatalities. Also, the number of riders who suffered a head injury in fatal and non-fatal crashes also decreased. As a result, there was a 26% reduction in fatality rate, from 70.1 to 51.5 per 100,000 registered vehicles. “Registered vehicles” include two-wheeled motorcycles like cruisers, supersport motorcycles, and touring bikes.
Here are some quick safety tips to keep in mind next time you take your motorcycle out for a spin:
We hope that these motorcycle accident statistics helped illustrate the importance of road safety and wearing a helmet every time you ride your bike. If you’ve suffered an injury in a motorcycle collision or car accident, time is of the essence if you want to file a personal injury suit. Don’t wait any longer—call the professionals at Power Legal Group right away. Call us at (800) 323-7693 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about the legal services we offer in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California.