Motorcycle riders are particularly vulnerable in the roadways. If you are struck while riding a motorbike you are much more likely to be injured or killed. That said, there is some good news, according to a survey by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle fatalities in California have declined almost 25 percent during 2009, the first time since 1996.
Also, the survey said that motorcycle-related deaths were increasing an average of 10 percent every year, between 1997 and 2008. This alarming trend was then reversed by the latest data between January and June 2009, with only 198 people killed in motorcycle crashes compared to 264 deaths for the same period last year.
Fatal Motorcycle Accidents Down
State officials also believe that the declining number of motorcycle fatalities can be attributed to the universal helmet law that requires all riders of motorized scooters and bicycles to wear a federally-approved helmet to protect their heads from fatal injuries.
The helmet law in California, which is one of the strictest in the US, is based on a study that shows riders are 37 times more likely to die from head injuries compared to car passengers.
Why Call a Los Angeles, California Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
While the helmet law appears to have saved lives (which is a good thing!), victims of motorcycle accidents can still sustain serious injuries such as spinal cord damage, paralysis or head trauma. This will result in expensive medical treatments, surgeries, therapies, and other injury-related care.
Motorcycle accidents are a specific area of accidents that require expertise and experience. If you have been recently hit by a car or another motorcycle in an traffic collision, call 877-702-7274 to speak to one our California motorcycle accident attorneys.
Our accident lawyers may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, medical costs, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and other motorcycle accident related expenses. Contact our office and ask to speak to an expert accident lawyer today.
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