Motorcycles are particularly susceptible to accidents and account for 14% of all traffic fatalities. Motorcycles have inherent risks associated with sharing the road with other cars and are 27 times as likely to result in fatalities compared to other motor vehicle collisions. A motorcycle offers much less protection than a car and, thus, when involved in an accident, the motorcycle rider often suffers severe injuries. In 2017, there were 5,172 motorcycle riders killed in motor vehicle collisions. This figure is a 144% increase over the past twenty years compared to 2,116 riders killed in crashes in 1997.
The causes of these motorcycle accidents are often similar to those involved in vehicle-vehicle accidents. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include drunk driving, sleepy driving, and/or distracted driving. In 2017, alcohol involvement accounted for 35% of all fatal motorcycle accidents while speeding accounted for 32% of fatal motorcycle crashes.
With over 30 years of combined experience, our attorneys at Shafer, Grossman & Rupp, APLC, successfully represent personal injury clients throughout the Santa Ana area. We can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Consult with an experienced attorney about your motorcycle accident in a free consultation. Call our office at 714-975-8847 or contact us online.