There are a variety of people in California who choose a motorcycle as their primary method of transportation. The overall climate of the state makes it suitable for motorcycle travel for an extended period of time. However, some people speculate that this could also be one of several factors contributing to the number of motorcycle accidents in the state.
Motorcycles make up only about 3 percent of registered vehicles in the United States. Despite this relatively low number, they account for approximately 13 percent of crashes. Some statistics indicate that a motorcyclist is 29 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident per mile traveled.
Unfortunately, many families in California are all too familiar with the potential for losing a loved one in a motorcycle accident. In fact, approximately 500 people were killed in a motorcycle accident in California since 2015. Some speculate that there could be a variety of reasons for these numbers. For example, the shorter and warmer winters, cheaper fuel prices and better economic conditions could result in more motorcyclists on the roadways.
There are certain steps that riders can take to reduce their chances of being involved in motorcycle accidents, including wearing helmets and ensuring that their motorcycle has appropriate safety features -- such as turn signals -- as required by state law. However, in many accidents, there is little riders can do to avoid the negligence of others in the roadway, resulting in their injury or death in an accident that they were powerless to prevent. As such, many victims -- including surviving family members in the event of a fatality -- choose to file a civil lawsuit against the parties deemed responsible for causing a crash.