October 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The basics of motorcycle safety and accidents in San Diego County
From Palomar Mountain to the north county coastline, from the Cuyamacas and Lagunas to the Orange County border, San Diego County offers some of the best motorcycle riding you can find anywhere. Long stretches along the Pacific Ocean and winding mountain roads let Southern California motorcyclists enjoy a little bit of everything.
Unfortunately, one aspect of riding a motorcycle in California or anywhere is the risk of serious personal injury or death as a result of a motorcycle accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a motorcycle driver or passenger is 28 times likelier to suffer a fatality in a crash than a person in a car, truck or other "regular" motor vehicle. That is a chilling statistic indeed and one that should make all motorcyclists take note and be always aware of the laws that can help protect them before, during or after an accident.
Helmets really do work
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, you can reduce your chance of sustaining a serious head injury in a motorcycle accident
simply by wearing a helmet. NHTSA statistics for 2011 indicates that 97 people died in San Diego County as a result of motorcycle crashes. That number represents a total of 23.4 percent of all motorcycle fatalities statewide.
While the use of helmets on a motorcycle, including all low-powered varieties, is legally required in California, some people still opt to ride without helmets, as further noted in the 2011 NHTSA data:
-In all fatal motorcycle collisions, 94 percent of riders were wearing helmets.
-Based upon the 94 percent helmet use rate, a total of 231 lives are believed to have been saved.
-If helmet use had been at 100 percent, records indicate that another eight fatalities would have been prevented.
Given that almost 15 percent of California motor vehicle fatalities include a motorcyclist, it makes sense for all bikers to follow the law in this area.
Accident reporting laws
If you are involved in an injury accident, it should be reported to the California Highway Patrol within 24 hours. Additionally, you must report your collision to the Department of Motor Vehicles if any person or persons were injured or killed or if any property damage is expected to exceed $750. A form SR-1 is used for DMV and insurance company filings.
Legal representation matters
Because motorcyclists are at a higher risk for receiving serious injury in collisions, the help of an attorney experienced in such accidents is always recommended. Insurance companies may push you to settle too early or for too little. Making sure you have someone truly advocating for you is the best way to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
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