Statistics about Motorcycle Crashes

Accidents involving motorcycles in California and across the nation are on the rise. Our motorcycle accident lawyers specialize in such incidents, while reviewing the facts, circumstances, and scenarios that occur frequently and even the more rare occurrences. At Jacoby & Meyers, we review, evaluate and analyze the facts of each case  independently, taking into account all parties, drivers and passengers included, the police report, witness statements, medical document review for treatments obtained, insurance analysis and more.

Motorcyclists drive at higher speeds with minimal protection on highways and roads that are increasingly congested. These factors, in part, account for the steady increase in motorcycle-related accidents, injuries, and deaths. Since motorcyclists do not have a physical barrier or shield protecting them like cars or trucks do, the passengers face much greater physical risk of harm and injury.

  • The number of motorcyclists is also increasing, particularly among people over 40. This has led to a recent increase in fatalities and injuries to motorcycle riders in that older age group.
  • An estimated 148,000 people have died in motorcycle-related accidents since 1966. Motorcycle riders are far more likely to be involved in a serious collision; in 2013 alone, the California Highway Patrol reported over 12,000 motorcycle riders were injured or killed. The risk of injuries to motorcycle riders is 9x higher than those in automobiles and the number of injuries continues to increase. In fact, you are 37x more likely to die in a motorcycle collision than a vehicle collision.
  • The California Office of Traffic and Safety found that motorcycle fatalities increased by 91% from 2001 to 2008. In Los Angeles County alone, motorcycle traffic collisions increased by 62% between 2004 and 2008.

The significant risk of serious injury or death in a motorcycle accident makes it imperative that a person involved in the acciden or the person responsible for his or her care–hire a California motorcycle accident lawyer immediately.

Because of assumptions or stereotypes about motorcycle riders, it is even more important to have an experienced and knowledgeable team fighting for you. With over 44 years of experience, thousands of cases, and over one billion dollars recovered, Jacoby and Meyers have the resources to get you and your family everything you deserve. We assure our clients that we work hard to secure the best possible outcome for you, while obtaining justice, and a settlement to include monetary compensation for your injuries and damages. An accident lawyer from Jacoby and Meyers is always available to discuss the accident with you, at no charge.

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