What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?
A motorcyclist recently died in an accident near the United States-Mexico border. The accident occurred in the afternoon hours in San Diego on southbound Interstate 5. California Highway Patrol reports that the motorcyclist lost control for unknown reasons and crashed. No one else was injured in the accident.
Top Causes of Motorcycle Crashes
California is widely regarded as one of the best states for motorcyclists. With its miles of open highway and temperate climate, the state attracts hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists annually. As the number of motorcycles on the roadways has increased, so have fatal accidents. The California Office of Traffic Safety reports that motorcycle fatalities increased 12 percent between 2012 and 2014, reaching 519.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in California include:
- Operator intoxication: The percentage of motorcyclists killed with blood alcohol contents or BAC of .08 or greater increased from 23 percent in 2013 to 28 percent in 2014. This means that operator intoxication now accounts for nearly a third of all fatal motorcycle crashes, as reported by the California Office of Traffic Safety.
- Loss of control: Several studies indicate that motorcyclists are more likely to be killed in a single vehicle accident than an accident involving one or more other cars or trucks. Loss of control can occur due to poor weather or road conditions, speed, inexperience, and other factors. At times, motorcycle defects can also lead to single vehicle crashes.
- Cars turning left in front of motorcycles: A significant portion of all motorcycle accidents involve vehicles making left-hand turns in front of motorcyclists because they did not see the motorcyclist. Drivers that are distracted are most likely to make this negligent error.
- Not wearing a helmet: Not wearing a helmet will not cause an accident, but it does increase your chance of serious injury or death in the event of a crash. Wearing a helmet is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself while riding a motorcycle.
If you or a loved one is injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys at J&Y today.