More people live in California than in any other state in the country. In fact, almost 12% of the entire population of the United States lives in California. When you consider those stats, it is not hard to see why we have the highest number of registered motorcycles as well. In 2016, more than 835,000 motorcycles were registered here.
All of that considered, it is also no surprise that there are more motorcycle accidents in California than in other parts of the country. These accidents involve riders who have much less protection than a typical person in a car and as a result they are more than 25 times as likely to involve a fatality. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we believe one of the most powerful tools to prevent these accidents is understanding why they happen. Keep reading to learn more and then contact us at 800-333-0000 if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident.
Now that lane splitting has been made legal by the California legislature, we hope that more car drivers will be aware of the practice and keep an eye out for it. Studies have shown that allowing motorcycles to lane split can actually keep them safer overall, yet it is still a top cause for accidents. However, there are ways to make lane splitting as safe as possible.
For example, lane splitting is safest when the biker is not going more than 15 miles faster than traffic around them, when they are wearing a full-head helmet, and when other drivers around them are aware of their location. Most motorcycle riders are well aware of these stipulations.
More than 40% of motorcycle accidents involving passenger vehicles happen when a car is turning left in front of a motorcycle that is going straight. It is believed that there are two reasons for this. First, a motorcycle typically has a thinner profile and is therefore more challenging to see in oncoming traffic. Second, drivers are often not looking for motorcycles and do not see them coming.
Cars not seeing a motorcyclist
About 75% of motorcycle accidents involve a crash with a passenger vehicle. The truth is that motorcycles are much smaller than cars and therefore more easily slip into a car’s blind spot. A motorcycle rider should assume that if they cannot see themselves in the mirrors of the car they are near, then the car can’t see them either.
Whether it is the car speeding, the motorcycle speeding, or both, one of the biggest predictors of how serious an accident is involves speeding. Going well over the speed limit not only increases the chances of an accident but it significantly increases how dangerous the accident will be.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, or have lost a loved one in this type of accident, then we urge you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.