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Risky rider behavior is a top factor in fatal crashes

Motorcycles give riders a feeling of freedom that isn't felt anywhere else. However, high speeds and the open road can make accidents particularly dangerous for people on two wheels. With freedom comes responsibility, and riders should take it upon themselves to be aware of risks on the road. What should riders know about the latest danger?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,976 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available. This number represents an 8.3 percent increase in deaths from 2014. Motorcyclists are now 29 times more likely to die in a crash than a passenger in a car.

Recovering from a motorcycle crash

On this blog, different examples of traffic crashes have been provided, such as bicycle accidents. However, you may face a particularly high risk of becoming injured or even killed if you ride a motorcycle in a busy area. At A.G. Assanti & Associates, we understand how devastating these crashes can be for people who pass away or are hurt in Orange County. As a result, it is essential for you to keep an eye out whenever you take to the road on a motorcycle.

While riding a motorcycle, bicycle, moped or scooter, you may be struck by a vehicle for many reasons. For example, a driver may be operating while under the influence of alcohol or after taking drugs that leave them unable to drive safely. Moreover, they may be suffering from fatigue or distracted, to name just a few of the causes of traffic accidents.

How can I prevent a motorcycle crash?

If you are a motorcyclist, you may be worried about the potential consequences of an accident, which include a permanent disability that leaves you unable to walk, broken bones, financial problems and even death. If you ride a motorcycle in Orange County, or another part of California, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the chances of an accident and to protect yourself in the event that something goes wrong.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration points out some of the ways that motorcyclists can try to reduce the likelihood of a motorcycle crash. For example, you should inspect your motorcycle prior to riding it in order to make sure that your brakes work, your fluids are at the correct level, your signals are functioning appropriately and your tire pressure is correct. Moreover, you should be fully accustomed to your motorcycle before taking it for a ride, have proper licensing and wear a helmet.

Upsetting statistics on motorcycle crashes

From large truck drivers to bicyclists and those driving small vehicles, traffic accidents are often a major concern. Sadly, when a motorcyclist is involved in a traffic collision, the outcome is often especially tragic. In Orange County, and across the whole state of California, motorcyclists who are struck by vehicles or crash in an accident which only involved them face an even higher risk of dying or suffering a serious injury. As a result, motorcyclists should realize the prevalence of these accidents, do whatever they can to avoid a wreck and make sure they handle the aftermath of a collision correctly.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 4,950 people passed away in a motorcycle crash during 2012. Sadly, this represents a notable increase from 2011, when 4,612 people died in motorcycle crashes. On top of the loss of life, these accidents also leave an even greater number of motorcyclists with debilitating injuries. In fact, 93,000 motorcyclists were hurt in 2012, up from 81,000 over the course of 2011.

Filing a wrongful death claim after a fatal motorcycle crash

Learning that your loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident is completely devastating. Learning that the accident could have been prevented only makes the situation worse.

If you are going through this horrible experience, you might be feeling angry, lost and powerless. Understand, though, that you can take action to hold the appropriate accountable for the accident and pursue compensation that addresses the economic and non-economic damages suffered as a result of the fatal accident. You can do this by filing a wrongful death claim.

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