The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) keeps track of the number of motor vehicle accidents that occur each year in the state, their causes as well as motorists’ risk factors for becoming involved in them.
Their most recent scorecard captures how the number of traffic fatalities that occurred in the state in 2015 were 3,387 and how they increased by 7 percent to 3,623 in 2016. Data collected during 2015 shows that there were 1.01 fatalities per 100 million miles driven that year.
While the overall number of motor vehicle fatalities increased by 7 percent in between 2015 and 2016 in California, the number of deadly motorcycle crashes increased by 11 percent. The data shows that 494 motorcyclists lost their lives in fatal collisions in 2015. By 2016, that number had climbed to 548.
The data also shows that helmet use played a large role in causing motorcyclist deaths. Those who died because they didn’t wear them rose nine percent from 23 in 2015 to 25 a year later.
That same data also shows that the rates of bicyclists who died in between those same two years also went up significantly. In 2015, there were 136 bicyclists who died in crashes. By 2016, that number had increased 8.1 percent to 147.
OTS found that at least 911 of the drivers or motorcyclists involved in crashes in 2015 had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) at or above California’s 0.08 legal limit. That number climbed to 1,059 in 2016. The toxicology reports in at least 15 percent of fatality cases showed that one of the parties involved was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.
When someone that you love dies in a fatal motorcycle accident, there’s no amount of money that will help you fill the void that you’re left with when you lose your companionship. If they were the breadwinner for your family, then the loss of their wages can make it difficult for you to make ends meet, especially if they left behind hefty medical expenses and funeral costs.
A Los Angeles fatal motor vehicle accidents attorney can help you file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver so that you’re not left on the hook paying for these expenses.