Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Statistics

In 2010, there were 530 fatal traffic accidents and 50,153 injury accidents in Los Angeles County, California, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Motorcycles were involved in 74 fatal collisions and 2,637 injury collisions. Also according to CHP statistics:

  • 71 motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents in Los Angeles County in 2010. 2,657 motorcyclists were injured in traffic accidents.
  • Though motorcyclists accounted for only 3.7% of traffic accident injuries in 2010, they accounted for 12.5% of all traffic fatalities. These percentages are reversed for other categories of injured parties, with higher percentages of injuries than deaths for drivers and passengers.
  • There were 146,703 motorcycles registered in Los Angeles County and 808,913 registered in California in 2010.
  • Of the 71 motorcyclists who died in traffic accidents in Los Angeles County in 2010, 65 were wearing helmets. 6 riders were not using safety equipment.
  • 2,261 of the 2,657 motorcyclists injured in accidents in Los Angeles County in 2010 were wearing helmets; 396 were not using proper safety equipment.

Nationwide motorcycle accident statistics can also help us get a better idea of how often motorcycle accidents occur and who is most likely to be injured. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 4,612 motorcyclists lost their lives in traffic accidents across the U.S. in 2011. This was an increase of nearly 100 fatalities from the previous year.
  • 81,000 motorcyclists were injured, a decrease of 1,000 from 2010.
  • The fatality rate for motorcyclists is considerably higher than for drivers of passenger cars and light trucks. According to statistics from 2011, motorcycles had a fatality rate of 24.93 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. Passenger cars and light trucks had fatality rates of .8 and .81, respectively.
  • Motorcycles accounted for 3% of registered vehicles and .6% of vehicle miles traveled in the U.S., but motorcyclists accounted for 14% of traffic fatalities.
  • According to nationwide motorcycle accident statistics from 2010, motorcycle riders were more than 30 times more likely to die in traffic accidents than occupants of passenger cars.
  • 49% of fatal motorcycle accidents involved collisions with other motor vehicles, and 75% of these involved motorcycles that collided with vehicles in front.
  • 23% of fatal motorcycle accidents involved collisions with fixed objects.
  • Of all fatal two-vehicle motorcycle accidents in 2011, 38% involved the other vehicle turning left and the motorcycle traveling straight.
  • It is estimated that 1,617 motorcyclists’ lives were saved by helmet use in 2011. Helmets are estimated to be about 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries.
  • In states without helmet laws, 65% of motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents were not wearing helmets. In states with helmet laws, 9% of motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents were not wearing helmets.

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If you are interested in finding out more about motorcycle accidents and your right as a motorcyclist or other victim of such a collision, call Pacific Attorney Group today to arrange a free consultation with one of our attorneys. In calling our firm, you can find out what options you have and how to proceed in seeking fair compensation for your insurance claim or lawsuit. We are here to offer insight and representation to motorcycle accident victims across Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. We have more than 35 years of combined legal experience and are ready to put our knowledge to work for you. Contact our firm today!

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