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Three Things Your Should Know After A Public Transportation Accident

Rise in fatal motorcycle accidents in California over 22 years

Motorcycle enthusiasts often talk about the sense of freedom they feel when riding on their bikes. However, if you are a rider, you know that that freedom comes with its fair share of risk. Here in California, though the mild weather may make this an ideal area for motorcycle riding, authorities say there has been a significant rise in the number of motorcycle fatalities over a 22 year period, especially in SoCal.

While there aren't as many motorcycle riders on the roads at this time of year, law enforcement warns that fatalities always rise in the summer. They also say that climate change may even cause a rise in fatal motorcycle accidents, since it has the potential to increase the number of days during the year that people will want to ride.

Prevention is the best cure

Authorities are continually looking for new ways to stem the amount of motorcycle crashes. They offer classes in motorcycle operation, give out free fluorescent vests and have launched an awareness campaign. They say that recent statistics that showed a drop in motorcycle deaths in 2017 may not be indicative of long-term trends.

Police point to recent legislation that allowed motorcyclists to legally use "lane-splitting" - a technique where bikers can temporarily share a lane with a car in order to pass it. Though the law was passed in the hope of easing traffic congestion and pollution, it could increase the likelihood of fatal motorcycle accidents. In response, the Academy of Motorcycle Operation now offers courses in how to execute lane-splitting safely, as well as basic rider safety.

Scary statistics

If you aren't taking proper precautions when you ride your motorbike, here are several statistics that might change your thinking:

  • California is in the top 15 out of all 50 states for motorcycle fatalities.

  • The number of motorcycle deaths has doubled since 1997.

  • 80 percent of motorcycle crashes result in injury or death, compared to only 20 percent of car crashes.

  • Helmets are only 37 percent effective at stopping motorcycle fatalities and only 67 percent effective at stopping brain injuries.

  • In fatal motorcycle crashes, 26 percent of drivers were legally-impaired.

The bottom line

Some say that fatal motorcycle accidents happen so often they only make the news in Southern California when they result in traffic congestion. Whether that is true or not, it still means you need to take every precaution when riding on a motorcycle. If the unthinkable happens and you or someone you care about gets hurt in a motorcycle accident, filing a personal injury claim may be the best course of action. It may be the way forward from what could be a devastating tragedy.

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