Riding a motorcycle is fun, economical, convenient, and it can also be exhilarating. Most regular riders would be hard pressed to give up the thrill, freedom, and feeling the wind on their faces and wheels on the ground. Southern California has some of the best weather for riding. However, there is a downside to riding a bike: It can be extremely dangerous. Tens of thousands of motorcycle accidents occur every year, and because motorcycles offer very little in the way of protection, most accidents result in injury or death.
While some motorcyclists can be faulted for causing accidents, many occur because other drivers are not watching for them or because of hazardous road conditions. If you should become injured on a motorcycle, the consequences can be devastating and may include the loss of your bike, other property, your health or even your life. The most effective way to fight for your rights and receive compensation for the damages sustained in such a situation is to hire an experienced and qualified attorney.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tracks and analyzes information about all of the traffic accidents in the U.S., including motorcycle accidents. According to the latest NHTSA report, the data from 2013 shows that 4,668 motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents, and an estimated 88,000 people were injured that year alone.
In 2013, more than 8.4 million motorcycles were registered in the U.S., and they traveled a total distance of 20.4 billion miles. The sad fact, however, is that about one person for every 100 motorcycles was injured while one person for every 200 motorcycles was killed. To put these numbers into perspective, people traveling by motorcycle are 35 times more likely to experience a fatal collision than people in automobiles.