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Motorcyclist fatalities span all generations

If you are one of the many avid motorcyclists in California, you are likely aware that some people hold a lot of stereotypes about bikers. These stereotypes include thoughts that motorcycle riders may be a bit rough around the edges and also that people on these bikes frequently operate them negligently. The fact of the matter is that people of all walks of life enjoy riding motorcycles and most bikers take safety very seriously. Some believe that the impetuous of youth may be to blame for many accidents and, while that may be true in some cases, it is far from the full truth.

Fatalities among bikers happen across all age groups and for many reasons. Motorists in passenger cars pose several hazards to riders such as driver doors opening on cars parked on the right side of the road. Another problem situation that bikers must face is when drivers fail to yield the right of way, especially when making left turns.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 529 motorcyclists died in California last year, 120 of which died on roads in Los Angeles County.  Out of the 529 statewide biker deaths, 348 people were at least 30 years old and 251 were 40 or older. Accidents involving riders in their 50s claimed the lives of 87 people and another 74 were over the age of 59.

If you would like to learn more about how to get help after you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, please feel free to visit the motorcyclist's crash compensation page of our California personal injury website.

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