Motorcycle Accident Statistics for 2013

Sunday, May 03, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released motorcycle accident and fatality data for 2013. According to the statistics in 2013, there were 4,668 motorcycle accident fatalities across the country.

That was a drop from the number of motorcyclists killed in accidents in 2012. The previous year, there were 4,980 motorcycle accident fatalities across the United States. Out of the 4,668 motorcyclist killed in accidents in 2013, approximately 94% were riders, while 6% were passengers.

There was also a decrease in the number of motorcyclists injured in accidents in 2013, compared to the previous year. In 2013, there were a total of 88,000 motorcycle injuries recorded in motorcycle accidents, and that was a 5% drop from the 93,000 motorcycle injuries that were reported in 2012.

Motorcycle accident fatalities in 2013 accounted for a significant 14% of all traffic fatalities. They also accounted for 4% of all persons injured in accidents across the country.

In California, 435 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in 2013. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that helmets saved as many as 1,600 lives in motorcycle accidents. However, if all motorcyclists had been wearing helmets while riding, 715 additional lives would have been saved in these accidents.

Failure to wear a helmet can impact the compensation you recover after a motorcycle accident. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, and were not wearing a helmet at the time, the insurer for the other motorist involved in the accident may argue that your injuries were worsened by your failure to wear a helmet. To establish your legal rights, discuss your case with a Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer.

California Laws Would Address Motorcycle Lane Splitting

Saturday, March 14, 2015

California is the only state in the country, where lane splitting by motorcycles is legal. Lane splitting is the process, by which a motorcycle shares lanes with stopped or slowed vehicles.

However, the practice, although it is legal in the state of California, has never been addressed by state law. That state of affairs could soon change. Under a new bill that was recently introduced, lane splitting would be governed by a specific set of guidelines.

Under the guidelines, motorcyclists who want to split lanes will be allowed to drive between rows of several stopped vehicles, all moving in the same direction, as long as the traffic speeds are below 30 mph. However, motorcycles would be restricted to a speed limit of not more than 10 miles in excess of the traffic speed.

Lane splitting is a common practice in California, and motorcyclists say that it saves them time. Motorcyclists, instead of waiting behind a large convoy of slowly moving vehicles, can share lanes, and move ahead. Additionally, it’s safer for motorcyclists because it helps avoid them getting overheated as they sit and wait in traffic.

However, it is important for motorcyclists to obey traffic rules for lane splitting. If the bill passes, then those laws governing motorcycle lane splitting will be clearly established as part of state law. Motorcyclists who want to share lanes must slow down their speeds, and must pay full attention to the task of riding, when they are sharing lanes. Failure to adhere to these rules places motorcyclists at risk of injuries in an accident.

If you have suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, discuss filing a claim for compensation with a Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer.

Lane Splitting at High Speeds Is Dangerous

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Motorcyclists who split lanes, or ride between lanes in order to move stalled or slowly moving traffic in California are riding perfectly legally. The state is the only state that allows motorcyclists to split lanes in this manner. But, although these practices don't necessarily increase the risk of an accident, they do place a motorcyclist’s life in danger if he rides at excessive speeds between lanes.

Researchers recently went through accident data involving thousands of accidents in California. They found that lane splitting is not necessarily dangerous. A motorcyclist who is weaving between lanes, in order to pass parked cars, is not necessary at a higher risk of being involved in an accident. However, if the motorcyclist increases his speed by 10 mph more than the cars that he is passing, he is at a higher risk of causing an accident.

Riding even 10 mph faster than the other cars does increase the risk of an accident. Additionally, motorcyclists must avoid lane splitting during rush hour in the early morning or late afternoon. The risks of causing accidents seem to increase during these periods of time.

The findings of the study will be shared with the California Highway Patrol which is currently working on drafting rules for motorcycle lane splitting.

As a motorcyclist, you are at a much higher risk of suffering serious and fatal injuries in an accident, compared to the occupants of the cars that are you are passing by. Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers advise that motorcyclists ride at safe speeds not just when they are riding between lanes, but even otherwise. Riding at safe speeds, riding while sober and wearing a helmet while riding significantly reduce the risks of being in an accident or suffering injuries in a crash.


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