Southern California boasts a climate that is the dream climate for many motorcyclists, offering everything from the dry and warm desert air to the temperate coastal regions. With minimal rain compared to many parts of the country, riding a motorcycle truly can be a viable way of getting around all year long. Sadly, being on two wheels amidst a sea of often large vehicles like sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks puts riders at a serious disadvantage.
While records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that last year’s motorcycle fatalities decreased from the prior year, it is clear that more is needed to keep riders safe. In 2018, motorcyclists accounted for 13.7% of all vehicular fatalities statewide. In the prior four years between 2014 and 2017, motorcyclists represented anywhere between 14.5% and 16.8% of all accident deaths.
Los Angeles County far and away leads the state in the number of bikers killed in automobile crashes. In the five years spanning 2014 to 2018, the county recorded 644 motorcyclist deaths. In San Diego County, another 260 riders died during this same five-year time period. Riverside and San Bernardino Counties have similar fatality counts for this period with 217 and 215, respectively. In neighboring Orange County, 177 motorcycle riders lost their lives in crashes between 2014 and 2018.
If you would like to learn more about what you should do after you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, please feel free to visit the biker’s protection and compensation page of our California personal injury website.