According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, last year saw the largest number of motorcyclists on the road than any year prior. This year is likely no different. Even in California there seem to be a lot of motorcyclists on the road enjoying the weather and the freedom from riding.
But unfortunately, with the growing number of motorcycle enthusiasts taking to the road, the California Highway Patrol is seeing an increase in the number of motorcycle accidents. In fact, just recently several motorcycle crashes occurred in a short amount of time that resulted in two deaths and one rider seriously injured.
One motorcyclist was killed after he lost control of his bike and ended up on the side of the road. Another biker died from crash-related injuries after his motorcycle slammed into a post. In that same period of time, a third motorcyclist was severely injured after crashing his motorcycle while on a ride with his wife. But even with the risk of getting into a serious accident, the number of motorcyclists is actually growing across the country.
Motorcycle accidents, as evidenced by the three crashes detailed above, can lead to serious injuries and even death for the rider and passenger. Motorcycles share the road with a number of other vehicles that are much larger in size and can cause a lot of damage in the event of a collision. In some instances, crashes can occur because a driver is not aware that a motorcycle is in the lane next to them.
But even with the strict laws in California intended to keep motorcyclists safe on the road, accidents still happen. Motorcyclists are left to deal with the physical injuries as well as the financial strain that unplanned medical care can cause.
Source: Santa Maria Times online, "Rash of motorcycle crashes haven't slowed two-wheeled enthusiasm," Brian Bullock, 18 July 2011
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