Riding your motorcycle around San Diego can be incredibly freeing – you are not contained by the metal frame of a car or truck, and you can feel closer to your stunning surroundings. The weather in California is perfect for hitting the road on two wheels too. However, life as a San Diego biker is not all as idyllic as the movies may try to paint it. Just as in all other busy cities, San Diego roads are full of reckless and negligent drivers, plenty of whom are either unaccustomed to driving safely next to bikers or do not give you a second thought as they speed along the highway. While you can help to minimize the risk of being involved in a San Diego motorcycle accident by making sure you ride safely and in accordance with the law, it is impossible for you to prevent other motorists from acting in a negligent or dangerous manner.
More than 500 people are killed in motorcycle accidents in San Diego and across California each year, with thousands more sustaining serious injuries. When you become the latest in this long line of victims or lose a loved one in similar circumstances, you can rest assured that a San Diego motorcycle accident attorney from Edward J Babbitt APC & Associates will fight tirelessly to protect your rights.
Recognizing that motorcycle riders in San Diego are at risk of being seriously or fatally injured is one thing, but do you know just how often motorcycle accidents occur on the city’s roads? According to the most recent statistics available from the California Office of Traffic Safety, relating to 2015, this is what life on San Diego roads is really like:
A total of 9,237 fatalities and injuries occurred as a result of traffic accidents
Alcohol played a part in 1,047 of these fatal accidents
629 motorcyclists were injured or killed over the course of the year
The only group more at risk than motorcyclists are pedestrians, of whom 706 sustained serious or fatal injuries
Speed was the main cause of San Diego traffic accidents, both those involving motorcycles and otherwise
Wearing a helmet can significantly decrease the risk of being fatally injured in a San Diego motorcycle accident, with the NHTSA estimating that around 1,800 lives are saved by helmets each year, with the potential to avoid a further 800 fatalities if all motorcycle riders wore a helmet. Much as you may prefer to ride without a helmet, your life is worth more than that.
If you have been injured in a San Diego motorcycle accident, you need expert legal representation from an outstanding attorney. At Edward J. Babbitt APC & Associates, we have over 30 years of experience in representing auto accident victims and have successfully recovered compensation following countless motorcycle accidents.
To secure truly excellent legal guidance and support throughout the entire process, schedule your free initial consultation by calling us today.