Motorcycle accidents are violent. Riders not only endure some of the most serious injuries in a crash, but they are more likely to die than drivers or occupants of other types of vehicles. Additionally, most motorcycle accidents are rarely considered minor because riders are typically thrown off the bike in a crash and they have no protection.
In fact, roughly 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes result in either injury or death, according to the NHTSA. In most cases, depending on the speed, the rider is thrown from the vehicle and they impact with the ground where they are vulnerable to further injury by other passing motorists.
Motorcyclists make up a higher percentage of fatal crashes than injury crashes throughout California, statistics show.
“Riders know they are taking a risk every time they head out on the road, but that doesn’t mean other drivers shouldn’t take steps to ensure their safety,” said Attorney James Johnson. “Negligent drivers who are distracted, drunk or careless must be held accountable for their actions.”
Indeed, motorcyclist who are killed in a crash account for 15.5 percent of all fatal crashes in the OC, 20 percent of all crashes in Los Angeles County and 16.6 percent of fatalities in California, according to statistics compiled by the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Report.
That’s more than double the percentage of motorcycle riders who were injured in crashes. Motorcyclists who were injured in traffic accidents made up only 6.6 percent of all injury crashes in Orange County, 6.4 percent in Los Angeles County and 7 percent for California.
Typical Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
- Left-hand turns
- Highway defects
- Distracted Driving
Anyone who has been involved in a motorcycle accident knows who devastating the injuries can be both physically and emotionally. These are typically catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord damage, head injuries, lacerations, fractures and paralysis. There is also a financial toll taken on the rider who may have mounting medical bills and be unable to work.
Negligent motorists who cause a motorcyclist to crash or crash into them, may be held liability and must compensate a victim for their losses. Johnson Attorneys Group can help by taking legal action against the at-fault driver and holding them responsible.
Motorcycle Accident Free Consultation
The legal staff at Johnson Attorneys Group is here to help with a free consultation for anyone who was hurt or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident. We can help guide you through the legal process and provide a solution to your difficult situation.
Contact Attorney James Johnson today at 800-235-6801 for a free consultation.
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