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California sees disturbing rise in motorcycle accident deaths

One recent report indicates that the state of California is witnessing a disturbing trend in the number of motorcycle deaths taking place each year. For the two-year period from 2009 to 2010, California saw a sharp drop in the number of motorcycle accident fatalities. Unfortunately, however, that drop has reversed and the number of motorcycle-related fatalities is once more on the rise.

It is not the first time that our state has seen such an unfortunate rise. Statistics show that motorcycle fatalities increased approximately 10 percent each year from 1998 to 2008. The state's number of motorcycle accident deaths reached a pinnacle of 560 in 2008 before taking a drastic drop to 394 in 2009. In 2010, the number fell even lower to 352. That decline proved to be short-lived, with motorcycle fatalities in California rising to 414 in 2011.

An official with the California Office of Traffic Safety revealed that his agency was surprised at seeing that sharp of a decline in motorcycle-related deaths for the two-year period. He hypothesized that the struggling economy may have played some part in the decrease. The fact that the economy may be reviving could account for an increase in recreational motorcycle use as well as the unfortunate rise in motorcycle fatalities.

The official also reported that most fatal motorcycle accidents happen on the weekends when people often take to the open road for pleasure, rather than during weekday commutes. Those California residents who do find themselves either injured in a motorcycle accident or who have lost a loved one in such a crash may wish to research their options for filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Such civil actions often provide an accident victim with the opportunity to pursue monetary damages in court that may help cover medical, funeral and other related expenses.

Source: UTSanDiego.com, "Motorcycle Death Trend Reverses After Big Drop, Motorcycle Fatalities Are Rising Again," David Downey, Jan. 11, 2013

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