Everyday, motorcyclists in California and elsewhere take to the road. While some riders use their bikes as a main source of transportation, others may only use their motorcycle to go out on sporadic rides. Nonetheless, it does not matter how frequent one rides or how long one travels on a motorcycle, there are many risks associated with riding these small motor vehicles. One major concern is distracted drivers failing to see a motorcyclist traveling near them.
A young motorcyclist, who was only 23-years-old, died at the scene of a serious accident on a Costa Mesa street.
No one would argue that motorcycle riders who wear their helmets are making an intelligent choice. Helmets do indeed save lives and may also prevent the most serious head injuries in the event of an accident.
A recent news report detailed how motorcycle manufacturer Suzuki has been ordered to pay a motorcyclist $8 million for its role in the motorcyclist's 2013 crash. The jury, which sat in Santa Ana in Orange County, awarded the motorcyclist $2 million in compensation and $6 million in punitive damages. The company indicates it plans to appeal.
Even when they wear a helmet, Orange County motorcyclists who get hit while traveling on the roads in or around Costa Mesa can easily suffer a serious traumatic brain injury. Given the size difference between a car and a motorcycle and the fact that a motorcyclist does not benefit from the protection of a closed vehicle, a bad blow to the head either from the other vehicle or even from the road is a real possibility.
It may be a common perception that Los Angeles residents, at least those who are out in the professional world, feel like they have to text and drive in order to keep their jobs or, at a minimum, stay on the cutting edge in their professional lives.
Costa Mesa 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.
The summer months will soon arrive in the Orange County and the greater Los Angeles area, and that will mean even more motorcycles on the road.
A previous post on this Californian blog talked about what groups of motorcycle riders can do to protect themselves from serious motorcycle accidents. These tips are certainly helpful, as motorcycle riders should do what they can to protect themselves from harm. However, other drivers on California's highways and other roads cannot use the fact that motorcyclists are traveling in a group as an excuse for negligent or careless driving.
A California motorcycle officer who was stopped alongside the road to help with a prior, unrelated accident suffered severe injuries, including crush injuries to his legs, after another motorist ran in to the stopped motorcycle from behind.