Motorcycle Fatalities Remain High According To New Report
Motorcycle fatalities have more than doubled since 1997 in the United States.
Motorists in California know that they will be sharing the road with motorcyclists nearly every day that they take to area roadways. While many drivers understand the things that they must do to ensure the safety of everyone around them, there are some situations where motorists perform actions that subject others around them to possible accidents. When those accidents involve individuals operating motorcycles, the crashes often lead to extremely significant injuries for those on the bike.
Recently, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reviewed motorcycle accident fatality rates nationwide for 2014. The report indicated that motorcycles make up 3 percent of the vehicles on our country’s roads, but, account for 14 percent of the fatalities connected to motor vehicle accidents. While this number did indicate an overall decrease in motorcycle accident deaths since 2013, there are still factors that the GHSA feels states need to address to eliminate these accidents.
The GHSA is concerned because this number represents a dramatic increase since the 1990s. Since 1997, the amount of motorcyclists killed per year has doubled. The report states that California had the third-highest number of deaths, ranking just behind Texas and Florida.
These numbers may not be decreasing in the short term. The Motorcycle Industry Council has released sales figures from the first quarter of 2015, and sales of motorcycles have increased nearly 9 percent. This could mean more riders taking to area roadways, which may directly lead to more accidents.
Officials are considering various methods to improve safety for all motorists. While many changes have been made to make regular cars safer, there is less that can be done for motorcycles. There has been much more attention devoted to increasing driver awareness about motorcycle safety, but this still has not reduced the accidents that are happening.
Law enforcement agencies across Los Angeles have taken note of the increasing number of motorcycle accidents in the region. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is conducting extra patrols on roadways that are viewed to be the most dangerous for motorcycle riders. The CHP is focusing its efforts on Interstates 110 and 405, as well as State Route 2. Officers will be monitoring the behavior of motorists and issuing tickets when they see drivers engaging in unsafe activities.
If you find yourself injured in a motorcycle crash, you need to take immediate action to protect your claims. Insurance companies will be difficult to deal with, and you need someone on your side to make this a fair fight.
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