Many people in California love riding motorcycles as a mode of transport because they are a great way to enjoy the amazing weather and are a good way to beat the traffic. But understanding motorcycle accident statistics and causes can help prevent accidents and mishaps.
Motorcycle accident statistics
Motorcycle accidents make up 14% of all traffic fatalities in the country. Recent research showed that 5,172 motorcyclists died in traffic crashes, with 94% being riders and 6% being passengers.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents
Motorcycles are generally smaller in size than other vehicles while some are dark and do not have reflectors. This makes them difficult to spot for other drivers, which can lead to serious collisions.
It can be extremely difficult to control a motorcycle at high speeds because, for one, the brain needs to assess the environment to make the correct decisions. In addition, when unexpected changes occur, motorcycles don’t have the same weight or stability to adjust quickly.
Poor weather conditions such as rain, snow, fog and wind make it hard for riders to see properly and stay balanced on their bikes. Also, potholes, gravel spills and other road defects can cause riders to lose control and cause an accident.
Alcohol and drugs, including prescription medication, reduce concentration and coordination, making it difficult to respond quickly in dangerous situations. They can also impair vision and reaction time and slow down judgment and reflex speed, leading to fatal errors on the road.
Your options when involved in an accident
If you get into a motorcycle accident in California, filing a claim with your insurance company to get compensation for your injuries is typically the first step. However, if another rider or driver caused the crash, the law mandates that you file a claim with their insurance company. Should the extent of your injuries or bike damages exceed their limit, you may be able to file a lawsuit in court.
It’s important to stay aware of the common causes of motorcycle accidents and take as many safety precautions as possible when riding. Consider wearing protective gear and following basic traffic rules at all times, and only riding in good weather.