There are a variety of different ways to utilize California roadways that are both safe and legal. Unfortunately, the actions of some put the lives of many at risk. This may be especially true when negligence causes motorcycle accidents.
Researchers in another country have recently looked at data related to the prevalence of motorcycle crashes in relation to the number of car accidents and compared the costs of each. As part of the study, they reviewed data for 26,831 people who were injured in a motorcycle crash as well as as 281,826 people who injured in a car crash. To be included in the study, the patient had to be either treated in an emergency room and admitted to the hospital.
According to the study, approximately 718 registered car owners out of 100,000 were injured whereas 2,194 of registered motorcyclists were injured. The costs of treating victims of motorcycle crashes were noticeably different, with motorcycle victims costing over $4,500 in comparison to over $2,300 for car accidents. This number does not include costs paid by private insurance or take into consideration lost wages.
Many motorcyclists in California and across the country seek to protect themselves by wearing helmets. Unfortunately, helmets only protect a person's head, not the abdomen, thorax, neck or extremities. Many victims of motorcycle accidents who are injured as a result of another's negligence are often left wondering how they will cope with the medical expenses and lost wages that follow. As a result, some victims choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the parties deemed responsible.
Source: deccanchronicle.com, "Motorcycle crashes far more dangerous than car accidents, says study", Nov. 24, 2017