Last year, approximately 4,500 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in California and across the country. This means that about one out of every seven people who died on U.S. roads did so in motorcycle-related crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are about 30 times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident than drivers and passengers are to die in car crashes.
Every year, more than 4,500 people are killed in motorcycle-related accidents in the U.S., according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And as we mentioned in a recent post on our San Diego personal injury blog, motorcycle accident deaths are actually on the rise in California, increasing by 20 percent from 2010 to 2011. As such, it seems that more needs to be done to promote motorcycle safety to drivers and motorcyclists alike.
Most of our San Diego blog readers are probably well aware that the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. And although travel is expected to be slightly down this year from 2011, AAA has projected that nearly 40 million people will travel 50 or more miles from home to celebrate Thanksgiving. The vast majority of those travelers are expected to go by automobile.
According to preliminary data from the California Highway Patrol, motorcycle accident deaths are on the rise in San Diego and throughout the state. This increase reverses a three-year decline in motorcycle-related fatalities, indicating that drivers in the state may need a reminder of how to drive safely and cautiously around motorcycles and other smaller vehicles.
Even when they are minor and do not result in significant injury or property damage, car accidents can be unsettling and scary, and it is easy to become overwhelmed and upset in the aftermath of a crash. Unfortunately, these feelings can make you a prime target for an especially heartless sector of criminals: identity thieves.
Last month, a San Diego man was walking his dog near his California home when he was struck by a motorcycle that was traveling at a high speed. The force of the collision caused the deaths of both the pedestrian and the motorcyclist, both of whom were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
When someone is the victim of a dog bite, that person has the right to seek legal recourse for the injuries he or she suffered during and as the result of that attack. Depending on the jurisdiction in which the dog bite took place and the severity of the injuries suffered in the bite, those legal consequences could include personal injury damages or monetary fines, jail time or even the forced isolation or euthanization of the animal that committed the attack.
If you have read our San Diego personal injury blog for any length of time, you are probably well aware of the high risk of car accident, injury and death faced by teen drivers in California and across the country. In fact, car accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers, according to federal data. Many traffic safety officials attribute the elevated crash risk to alcohol use or distraction in teen drivers, and those are certainly some of the main causes of accidents involving teens. However, it is important not to overlook the other factors that play into teen crashes.