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Statistics highlight prevalence of motorcycle accidents

Residents of Fullerton who ride motorcycles do so for many reasons. Some find it a more convenient and cost-efficient way to travel. Others simply enjoy the thrill and freedom they experience when riding their motorcycles. Unfortunately, even though motorcycles are commonly seen on California's roads and highways, there will still be motorists who act negligently and strike a motorcyclist, causing severe injury or even death.


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,668 motorcyclists died in motorcycle accidents in 2013 alone. Of those who died in motorcycle accidents, 94 percent were riders and 6 percent were passengers. Moreover, in that same time period approximately 88,000 motorcyclists suffered injuries in motorcycle accidents.

The NHTSA also reports that just over half of fatal motorcycle accidents involved a crash with another motor vehicle in transport. Most of these accidents - 74 percent - were frontal collisions. Rear-end accidents only accounted for 6 percent of motorcycle accidents. In 42 percent of fatal accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle in 2013, the other vehicle was making a left-hand turn. In 21 percent of fatal accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle, both the motorcyclist and the other vehicle were going straight.

These statistics highlight the need for motorcycle awareness in Fullerton and across the country. Motorcycles are smaller than passenger vehicles and may be more difficult to see. However, it is important to be aware of motorcycles while driving in order to prevent accidents from occurring. If a motorist is at fault in a motorcycle accident, and the motorcyclist is injured or killed, the motorist may face liability for his or her actions.

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