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Are motorcycle accidents happening more often in California?

As someone who enjoys heading out on your motorcycle, you want to know that people are becoming safer on the roads. Vehicles are getting safer, so that should mean that crashes are less likely. The truth is that while motorcycle fatalities have dropped in California, the same is not true throughout the United States. Over 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in 2015, which was an increase from the 4,548 killed in 2014. Overall, the number of people killed in motorcycle crashes rose 10 percent between 2014 and 2015.

In California, fatalities have dropped, thankfully. They dropped by 7 percent. That doesn't mean that California's total death count was low, though. In fact, it is second only to the State of Florida when it comes to the total number of people killed on motorcycles.

California's motorcycle-related deaths make up 17 percent of all road fatalities. Nationally, motorcyclists make up only 3 percent of registered vehicle owners. The discrepancy in those statistics is what is so shocking. Among motorcyclists, it's those between the ages of 20 and 29 who suffered the greatest number of deaths, making up around 25 percent of the total fatality count.

What helps prevent fatal crashes?

One tip is to purchase a motorcycle equipped with an Anti-lock Breaking System (ABS). An ABS helps prevent drivers from losing control of their motorcycles due to the wheels locking up. Another good thing to do is to make sure you always have your lights on and stay aware of drivers who may not see you coming. Prevention is often the only way to avoid a crash.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Motorcycle deaths jump nationwide but fall in California. Why?," Charles Fleming, accessed Oct. 27, 2017

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