Orange County residents are lucky that the weather is warm enough for them to ride their motorcycles year-round. However, motorcycling can be a dangerous activity. That being said, an analysis of preliminary 2017 numbers suggested that California fortunately experienced a sharp decline in the number of fatal motorcycle accidents on its roadways. In 2017, fatal accidents claimed the lives of 406 motorcyclists, while in 2016, that number was 566.
This is a decrease of just over 28 percent, which is well ahead of the national trend of a 5.6 percent decrease. Nationwide, 4,990 motorcyclists died in 2017, while 5,286 motorcyclists died in 2016.
While this is good news, it does not necessarily show that motorcyclists are safer on the whole than they were, say, 20 years ago. In fact, according to the most recent numbers available, about 1 in 6 victims of fatal motor vehicle accidents are motorcyclists. A little over 20 years ago, this number was closer to 1 in 20.
The report acknowledged that some of these accidents are due to the distracted or inattentive driving of other motorists who might not be looking out for motorcyclists the way that they should. Even if they do not actually hit a motorcycle, these sorts of drivers can also carelessly cause a motorcyclist to lose control and fall from his or her motorcycle, which can also cause a deadly accident.
Motorcyclists are still exposed to severe injuries even when they are driving safely themselves and wearing the appropriate protective equipment. If their injuries are the result of a negligent driver, then a Los Angeles area motorcyclist may want to seek compensation for their injuries. In the event of a fatality, the family of the motorcyclist may want to seek compensation for their loss.