Have you or a loved one been severely injured in a motorcycle accident? Motorcycles are a great way to get around and can also be a fun recreational vehicle, but it’s always important to take all possible safety precautions while riding. Because motorbike accidents can cause serious injuries or death, it’s important to take action right away – especially if your crash was caused by the negligence of another driver.
What Causes a Motorcycle Crash
There are a number of reasons why crashes take place, and they often occur as a result of reckless driving. The laws of the road are designed to ensure safety for every driver, including bikers, which is why it’s critical to obey all traffic safety regulations. While most bikers understand obtaining a motorcycle license offers them the rights and privileges of driving a vehicle on city roads and highways, many continue to neglect these rules – resulting in severe consequences.
Here are some of the most common types of driver negligence resulting in motorcycle crashes:
- Speeding. No matter what type of motor vehicle you’re driving, speeding reduces driver reaction time. When automobile drivers go over the speed limit, their perception is limited, which can cause them not to notice bikers nearby. As a result, these drivers put themselves and everyone around them in danger.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When driving drunk or high, you’re actively violating California Vehicle Code 23153 – and for good reason. These rules are in place to prevent drivers from impairing their sensory and motor functions as well as their reaction time. Drugs and alcohol can also impair driver judgment and increase recklessness. Intoxicated drivers often drift into oncoming traffic – making the road extremely unsafe for bikers.
- Driving distracted. Eating, texting, or talking on a cell phone while driving call attention away from the road, which is exactly where every driver’s attention should be at all times. These drivers are highly unsafe to be around.
- Debris on the road. While automobile drivers usually don’t need to be concerned about driving near debris, obstructions can pose a huge problem to bikers. Riding near recent construction or in poor road conditions may cause the biker to lose control of his or her vehicle and crash.
San Bernardino Motorcycle Crash Statistics
Motorcycle crashes are a huge problem in and around San Bernardino. Thousands of crashes occur every year, and many of these result from hit-and-run automobiles or other forms of reckless driving. Regardless of whether you’re a responsible biker, consistently obey traffic laws, and wear all necessary safety equipment, neglectful drivers can still overpower your vehicle.
Throughout San Bernardino County, the most substantial crashes result in thousands of injuries and fatalities. For example, in 2013:
- Driving at an unsafe speed caused 3,630 total crashes, 3,689 injuries, and 39 deaths.
- Improper turning resulted in 2,037 total crashes, 2,019 injuries, and 62 deaths.
- Driving under the influence caused 927 total crashes, 1,050 injuries, and 45 deaths.
- Violations of traffic signs and signals caused 814 total crashes, 1,071 injuries, and 8 deaths.
The list goes on. Many of these incidents directly affect bikers, which is why it’s so important to have somewhere to turn in case of personal injury at the hands of a reckless driver. According to the CDC, motorcyclist deaths nearly doubled nationwide between 1999 and 2008.
For more information about motorcycle accidents, see our article about The Most Common Types of Motorcycle Injuries.
What to Do
Because bikers are much less protected than automobile drivers on the road, accidents involving motorcycles almost always result in injuries. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, the first thing to do is seek immediate medical attention. The next step is to seek legal representation. A skilled, experienced attorney can help you achieve the full settlement you deserve. We know offsetting the costs of medical bills, psychological trauma, and property damage is only one component of recovery, but it’s one we’re happy to help with.