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California Second in Nation for Number of Fatal Motorcycle Accidents

Posted on in Catastrophic Injuries

California accident attorney, California injury lawyerA recent study that looked at motorcycle accident fatalities nationwide has concluded that California has the second highest number of motorbike deaths in 2015. The only state with more motorcycle fatalities was Florida, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association study.

The study showed that across the nation, motorcycle fatalities had increased. More than 5,000 riders died in 2015, and increase from the 4,548 death in 2014. This means that 2015 was the third year in history that the death toll rose above 5,000.

The good news for Californians is that the overall motorcycle fatality rate was down 7 percent from the year before. Since there are so many riders in California, however, the total number of deaths was still the second highest in the nation, despite the decreased rate.

Experts point to shorter winters as one reason why the body count rose nationwide. They praised states like California, which requires motorcycle drivers and passengers to wear helmets.

Motorcycle Accident Cases Require the Help of Lawyer

Motorcycle crash cases are often complex. First, an accident victim must prove fault on the part of another driver. In motorcycle cases, often the cyclist is not at fault.

Car drivers can easily overlook motorcyclists, who have the same rights as any other vehicle on the road. Even so, a motorcyclist may still have to defend against allegations that he or she was at fault.

Second, an accident victim must prove the injuries sustained in the accident. Because of the amount of injury typically sustained by motorcyclists in an accident, this claim should only be handled by a professional with the help of medical experts, who can detail what care you will need and how the injuries will affect you for months and years to come.

In cases where the motorcyclist has died, there are extensive calculations regarding earning potential and other factors that bear on the ultimate amount an at-fault driver will be required to pay under law.

Contact a San Jose, CA Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Our office takes motorcycle accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you will not pay for attorney’s fees unless you receive a settlement or a money judgment. The accomplished San Jose motorcycle crash lawyers at the Jachimowicz Law Group are here to review your case and discuss your options. Our firm can be reached at 408-246-5500.

 

Sources:

http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-motorcycle-fatalities-20160517-snap-story.html

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xhtml?lawCode=VEH&division=12.&title=&part=&chapter=5.&article=7.

 

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