On May 9th of this year, a 28 year-old man left his home to go for a motorcycle ride with his father. The two men rode down Peppertree Lane in Encinitas. At about 10:20 am they approached the intersection of North Rancho Santa Fe Road, where a Hyundai Sedan careened into the bikers’ lane and both men swerved to avoid the car. The father managed to ride around the car without being struck, but the son was not as lucky. As he took the curve, his motorcycle hit the car and he was thrown from his bike into oncoming traffic and hit by a fast-approaching SUV that could not stop in time. The man was taken to the emergency room but did not survive the trip. Unfortunately, this tragedy is not uncommon.
What are the Chances of Being Killed in a Motorcycle Accident?
Motorcyclists are consistently at risk of injury due to inattentive drivers. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration reported that in 2012 a total of 4,957 motorcyclists across the United States were killed in motorcycle accidents and 93,000 were injured. This is a significant increase from 2003 when just 3,714 motorcyclists lost their lives due to accidents. The numbers during 2012 relayed a key finding: comparing passenger cars to motorcycles and the miles traveled, a motorcyclist is 26 times more likely to die during an automobile accident.
During 2012, 415 California motorcyclists died in motorcycle crashes. Twenty three of these riders had a blood alcohol content that was over the legal limit. This percentage is a 22% increase from the previous year.
How Can I Protect Myself in a Motorcycle Accident?
The NHTSA has estimated that the use of a proper motorcycle helmet spared the lives of 1,699 riders during 2012 alone. Hypothetically, if every motorcycle rider had worn a helmet during their accident in 2012, an additional 781 riders would have survived. Statistically speaking, helmets are estimated to save 37 lives out of every 100 would-be-fatal accidents. There are only three states left in the United States that do not require any motorcyclist of any age to wear a helmet while riding; Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia require that every motorcyclist within the state wear a helmet – California is among them. Whether you are a passenger or a driver, it is unlawful to ride a motorcycle in California without a properly fitted helmet.
What Can I Do if I Have Been in a Motorcycle Accident?
Riding a motorcycle is meant to be a carefree and exhilarating experience. Suffering an injury from the carelessness of another driver can be an overwhelming experience. From medical bills to caring for your health to missed time from work, your priorities can quickly become misaligned. Contacting an attorney will help you focus on the most important aspect of your recovery: your health. While you focus your energy on your recovery your attorney will fight for your right to compensation. When you are hurt in a motorcycle accident, contact your local San Diego personal injury experts. Contact the Injury Trial Lawyers today for a free consultation and let us help you on your road to recovery.