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May Is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Driver riding motorcycle on the empty asphalt road

The statistics speak for themselves: motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be killed in a road accident than car or truck drivers. The numbers make it clear that drivers and motorcyclists alike need to be alert and careful when sharing the road.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Though the month might be drawing to a close, it’s an excellent reminder that we need to be dedicated to motorcyclist safety all year round. Motorcycle riders are much more vulnerable than drivers and passengers in cars and trucks as they are less visible on the road and considerably less protected.

As per the recommendations of The National Safety Council, vehicle drivers should be extra cautious when following or passing motorcycles, as well as when turning at intersections as they are the most common location of car and motorcycle accidents.

Be Aware of Statistics

These motorcycle accident statistics are gathered from the Insurance Information Institute and other sources:

  • Motorcyclist deaths have more than doubled in the past 20 years
  • 35% of riders that die in crashes are over the age of 50
  • Motorcycle riders made up about 14% of all traffic deaths in 2018
  • Almost half of all motorcycle accidents cause foot, knee, lower leg, or ankle injury
  • If you are riding on a motorcycle without a helmet, you are three times more likely to have a traumatic brain injury
  • Most motorcycle accident fatalities were caused by speeding or distraction

Do Your Part

Motorcycles offer less protection than cars and trucks and have a harder time stopping suddenly to avoid a collision. While it is the responsibility of motorcyclists to be cautious and follow traffic laws, car and truck drivers have to do their part, too. Here are some tips to help prevent motorcycle accidents:

  • Give motorcycles a full lane
  • Never drive while under the influence, distracted, or impaired
  • Increase your following distance by four seconds when following a motorcycle
  • Be aware of your car’s blind spots and always double-check before making a turn or completing a pass
  • Slow down in bad road conditions or poor visibility
  • Use all mirrors to check for motorcycles when turning or merging

Representation for Motorcycle Accident Victims

Motorcycle riders are often severely injured in accidents, leaving them with life-long disabilities, hefty medical bills, and lasting trauma.

If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident because of a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. The seasoned personal injury lawyers at Ellis Injury Law can fight for justice on your behalf.

Ellis Injury Law is dedicated to the safety and rights of motorcyclists. Call today to schedule a free consultation.

Motorcyclist Dies After Collision With Audi Convertible

emergency vehicles

A motorcyclist died at the scene of a crash after the driver of an Audi convertible collided with his motorcycle in North Hollywood, at an intersection of Vineland Avenue and Vanowen Street. The motorcyclist, who was stopped at a red light, was thrown approximately 100 feet due to the impact.

The Audi then crashed into roughly three cars parked near the scene. At least one, a Toyota SUV, was turned on its side. Debris littered the area.

The motorcyclist was a male, believed to be in his mid-20s. His identity has not yet been released. The Audi’s driver, who was 24 years old, was hospitalized, but news of her injuries was not reported immediately. Authorities are considering filing criminal charges.

The crash occurred at roughly 5:30 a.m.

Liability in a Motorcycle Accident

Who is liable in a motorcycle accident? Although the recent collision between a motorcyclist and the driver of a car is still under investigation, some general comments on motorcycle accidents can be made.

Drivers of all vehicles are responsible for following all traffic laws and principles of safe driving, all the time. Any driver, of any vehicle, who violates laws or principles of safe driving can be held liable for causing an accident if the accident stems from those violations.

Running a red light, for example, is always the fault of the driver who ran it, whether the driver is behind the wheel of a car or sitting on a motorcycle. The only exception is if mechanical or other malfunction rendered the car unable to stop, despite the driver’s efforts. If that is the case, the manufacturer or other responsible party might be liable for the accident.

Unfortunately motorcyclists can be subject to much more harm in the case of an accident, because motorcycles are both smaller and less protected than cars and other vehicles. While motorcyclists are required to wear helmets in California, an accident like the one in early June can be fatal even if a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet.

If You Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles

Have you or a loved one been injured in a motorcycle accident in southern California? It’s wise to talk to an experienced attorney. We can look into the wreck and determine fault, utilizing forensic experts, crash resconstructionists and licensed investigators. We have been fighting for the rights of the injured for over 20 years.

Call the experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers at the Ellis Law Firm today. The initial consultation is free. We win 99% of the cases we take on, and there is no cost to you unless we win you money!

Additional Resources:

  1. Motorcyclist killed in crash with car on North Hollywood street. Los Angeles Daily News. June 6, 2019.
  2. Medina, Mekahlo and Jonathan Lloyd. “Motorcyclist Killed in Crash With Audi That Slammed Into Row of Parked Cars.” NBC News Los Angeles. June 6, 2019.

Tips to Save Money On Motorcycle Insurance

motorcycle rider in los angeles californiaThe average cost of motorcycle insurance ranges from $200 to $500. Some of the variance is based on where you live. Accident-prone states like Louisiana, Delaware, and Michigan have higher rates than California, while states like Iowa, New Hampshire, and North Dakota have some of the lowest rates. Depending on a number of other variables, the amount you pay could be 200% higher. Full coverage on some models of motorcycles could push the cost of insurance as high as $800 annually. The good news is there are plenty of ways to save money for the seasoned shopper.

What's your case worth?

Commit to safety.

Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be in a fatal accident than passenger vehicles, so you can never be too safe on the road. Besides, completing a safe rider training course every three to five years can earn you a discount of 5-10%, depending on your insurance provider. Instructors earn up to 20% off. Most motorcycle safety courses offer additional discounts at motorcycle dealerships and retail shops. Check out your local DMV or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation websites for information on finding an approved course. Just always remember that an accident could happen at any time. If it does, be prepared to contact a professional personal injury attorney at the Ellis Law Firm.

Prove Yourself.

If you have a clean driving record, you may be eligible to be named a “Preferred Operator.” These drivers are typically 25 years of age or older, with at least one year of motorcycle riding experience, and two or fewer minor violations, no major violations, and no major at-fault accidents over the last three years. Some insurers also offer a 10% “mature rider” discount for those over 50 years of age.

Join the Club.

Score a discount of 10% or more if you’re a member of the American Motorcycle Association, Honda Riders Club of America, Motorcycle Safety Foundation, Harley Owners Group, Gold Wing Riders Association, Motorcycle Touring Association, or the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America.

Adjust your Deductible.

If you agree to assume a larger portion of the risk in the event of an accident, the insurance company will generally cut you a lower premium rate. It might mean you’re paying $1,000 rather than $500 or $750 if you crash, but it could save you 20% over the course of the year. Setting aside a little bit of money each month into an “emergency fund” would be a wise maneuver.

Mention Your Habits.

You could save money on your insurance if:

  • You only drive on the weekends, rather than using your motorcycle to commute to work.
  • You store your motorcycle in a private garage, rather than parking it on the street.
  • You are a seasonal motorcycle driver who stores the bike for the winter or rainy season.
  • Your annual mileage is considerably low.
  • You drive a type of motorcycle known for cheaper repairs.
  • You are interested in insuring another motorcycle, a car, or a home with the same insurer.

Get the Money You Deserve.

Following an accident, you may need assistance dealing with insurance companies. Contact an experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney at Ellis Injury Law to find out what compensation you may be entitled to. Call today at 888-828-5603 and speak with a veteran personal injury lawyer about your case.

Additional resources:

  1. The Balance – What is the Average Cost of Motorcycle Insurance,
  2. CCS Insurance – 5 Ways To Save on Motorcycle Insurance
  3. DMV – 9 Tips To Save Money on Motorcycle Insurance,
  4. Ride MSS – Course Benefits,
  5. Freeway Insurance Services – 3 Reasons You Need to Take a Motorcycle Safety Course This Summer,

Best Places to Ride a Motorcycle In and Around Los Angeles

motorcycles on the road

There is no shortage of roads of motorcycle-friendly routes in the Los Angeles area. However, a special treat found in Southern California is a unique choice in topography. Whether you are looking to get away to the beach, the woods, the desert, or somewhere else, you are only a short ride away. Here are some favorite destination rides in the Los Angeles area.

Bike to the beach

The Pacific Coast Highway is a legendary route, and for good reason. This easy ride is simple to get to – just hop on Sunset Boulevard – and will give you a scenic experience all the way to the ocean. Stay on the PCH for the full 650+ miles to the Golden Gate Bridge or turn off to go exploring. Between the fresh ocean views and a captivating display of greenery, waterfalls, lighthouses, Spanish architecture, and an assortment of sea animals, there is always something to enjoy.

Head to the desert

While not in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park is worth the 140-mile ride east when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of modern humanity. Once in the park, enjoy low speed cruising along approximately 90 miles each of paved roads and unpaved roads, taking in the namesake Joshua trees, cacti, and memorable rock formations. Keep your eyes peeled; you may see some famed big-horn sheep on-site.

Take a leisurely ride through the mountains

It is a longer trip but when you want to escape city life, the ride down Highway 38 is well worth the milage. Take an easy cruise in the beautiful country, through the San Bernardino National Forest, leading to Big Bear Lake. Stop along the way to enjoy the mountain views from lookout spots. Once there, enjoy a rustic retreat amid the pines, or head to Big Bear village for unbeatable restaurants.

Cruise through a canyon

There is no shortage of canyons along the Pacific Coast Highway. Among them, Malibu canyon is the perfect choice for a relaxing ride. Enjoy the easy roads while taking in the changing scenery, from the ocean to the greenery throughout the canyon and even some tunnels. For a more adventurous trek, take it to Mulholland Highway and make your way through the tight, twisting road of the Snake.

Have a LA motorcycle accident attorney on your side

No matter where you ride, take all safety precautions and be on the lookout for other vehicles with drivers that may overlook motorcycles. If you are involved in an accident, make sure you have an established and trusted Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney on your side. At Ellis Law, we understand the pain and disruption a motorcycle accident can cause and we fight to hold negligent parties liable. Call a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case; there is no obligation and we never take a fee unless we win your case.

Additional Los Angeles motorcycle ride resources:

  1. CBS Los Angeles, Top Motorcycle Rides in Los Angeles,
  2. Motorcycle Central, 5 Great Motorcycle Roads in California,

Top 4 Mistakes Beginners Make on Motorcycles

Biker girl with sunglasses sitting on motorcycleThere is a very steep learning curve when you first start riding a motorcycle. Of course, you’ll need to pass a rider education course before you can even obtain a license. But experience is the best teacher, and the more hours you spend on your bike, the more you’ll learn about keeping yourself safe on the road. In the meantime, try to stay safe by  avoiding  following common mistakes, but always remember that an accident can happen at any time and always be prepared by contacting your personal injury attorney at Ellis Injury Law.

Mistake 1: Pairing up with a riding buddy right off the bat

New riders are often anxious to take a girlfriend or boyfriend out on the bike with them. It’s natural to want to share your love of riding and the open road with your partner, but rushing into this can put both of your lives at risk. Riding with a partner is very different from solo riding. The motorcycle will handle differently, and you’ll be distracted by the person behind you. Wait to take your partner out on the bike until you’ve gained a great deal of experience in all sorts of weather and traffic patterns.

Mistake 2: Pulling the clutch lever all the way

Going at full throttle is a good way to go nowhere. Specifically, your bike will stall. Of course, not giving the bike enough throttle will also cause it to stall. Spend plenty of time practicing applying just enough throttle as you release the clutch.

Mistake 3: Enjoying the scenery in heavy traffic

One of the reasons motorcyclists become motorcyclists is an enduring appreciation for the journey itself—not just the destination. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy sweeping vistas and once in a lifetime views from the seat of your motorcycle. But heavy traffic is not the right time to gawk at the scenery.

Motorcyclists are far more vulnerable than drivers. It’s absolutely essential that you stay focused and continually monitor the changing traffic patterns around you. If you’re riding in a city, for example, be aware that a driver in a parked car can suddenly open the door—right in front of your bike. If you’re on the highway, keep an eye out for drivers who might try to merge into you. (Your bike is far less visible than a car.) Even if there is little traffic around you, you must continually scan the road ahead of you for potholes or other road hazards. Stay alert at all times to reduce your risk of a serious crash.

Mistake 4: Not seeking legal guidance after a motorcycle accident

In car-motorcycle accidents, the driver of the car is quite often the one at fault for the crash. But you can’t rely on the insurance company to offer a fair settlement, especially since motorcycle accident injuries can be very severe and potentially permanent. You need the seasoned legal guidance of a personal injury lawyer.

Every Los Angeles motorcycle crash attorney at Ellis Law Corporation is a vigorous advocate for the rights of injured bikers. We’ll help you secure the compensation you’re entitled to. You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistake. Call our office today to speak to a personal injury lawyer if you’ve been injured in the southern California region.

Additional resources on motorcycle accidents and safety

  1. Motorcycle Safety Foundation, Quick Tips: General Guidelines for Riding a Motorcycle Safely,
  2. Consumer Safety, 11 Motorcycle Safety Tips for Riders,

Why More Women Are Riding Motorcycles

woman on motorcycle on beachAn increasing number of women are taking up riding motorcycles. According to the Motorcycle Owner Survey conducted by the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) in 2015, 14% of all motorcycle owners are now women.

Now, that might not sound like a lot, since that means that 86% are still men. But it is part of a trend in which younger women are more and more likely to own a motorcycle. Of Baby Boomers, for example, only 9% of women owned a motorcycle. In the generation that followed them, Generation X, 17% do.

And the Millennials (Generation Y)? Women own 18% of motorcycles in that generation.

The numbers are particularly significant given that fewer and fewer Americans own motorcycles. Women are a hot new market for motorcycle manufacturers.

Women gave fun and recreation, freedom, and enjoying the outdoors as the top 3 reasons they own motorcycles. The most important thing to remember when riding motorcycle is safety and after any accident occurs there will always be an experienced personal injury attorney at Ellis Injury law to help you.

Women Motorcycle Riders Tend To Be Trained and Educated

Women who own motorcycles tend to be both younger than their male counterparts and better trained to operate a motorcycle.

Women motorcycle owners’ median age is 30. Men motorcycle owners’ median age is 48. Slightly less than half of the women are married, versus over 60% of the men.

Roughly 50% of women owners have college or professional degrees.

The MIC estimates that 60% of women underwent safety courses on motorcycles, whereas just 42% of men did.

Women Tend Away from Lighter Bike Models

Perhaps more surprisingly, they don’t drive lighter models, on the whole. About 33% own a cruiser. Sport motorcycles were purchased by just 10% of women.

Now, some observers do think that lower seats will be more attractive to women riders. But many women riders say that that’s the only concession to the fact that women are usually shorter and lighter than men.

Hurt in a Crash? Call an Experienced Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident in southern California, we can help. Motorcycle accidents can be serious and the effects long-lasting. We will fight to see that justice is done. Call an experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney today at 310-641-3335 for a free consultation with a professional personal injury lawyer.

Additional Resources:

  1. Fleming, Charles. “More Women Riding Motorcycles, Study Says.” Los Angeles Times, December 8, 2015.
  2. Ross, Winston. “How a New Generation of Women Riders Is Transforming the Motorcycle Industry.” April 24, 2018.

Five Great Motorcycle Mods that Won’t Break the Bank

motorcycles on the roadMotorcyclists take great pride in their bikes and in custom modifications they add to personalize their rides. The motorcycle accident attorneys at the Ellis Law Corporation in Los Angeles work tirelessly to keep riders on their bikes and to help them recover the compensation they deserve when a careless motorist damages those modifications and causes injuries to a rider in an accident.

Based on the many modifications that our attorneys have seen in their years of representing riders, we believe that the following five mods are good, low-cost ways both to personalize your motorcycle and to enhance your safety and security when you are out in traffic.

Frame Sliders and Engine Guards

Frame sliders can limit the damage to smaller bikes by taking the brunt of an impact when a bike crashes or tips over. Engine guards are the beefier big brothers of frame sliders that minimize engine damage on cruisers or larger V-twin bikes. Engine guards can also provide additional footrests to ease fatigue over longer rides. Good quality aftermarket frame sliders and engine guards are available for a few hundred dollars.

Custom Exhaust Systems

Riders who subscribe to the theory that “loud pipes save lives” often add modified exhaust systems to their bikes to create a more guttural roar that might better alert drivers to their presence. Even with louder pipes, riders should never drop their guard on an assumption that a loud exhaust will cause automobile drivers to be more cautious.  Still, modified exhausts can improve a bike’s performance and help a rider to reduce hazardous situations. Coming in at prices from $200 to over $1,000, exhausts are not inexpensive, particularly when compared to other motorcycle mods, but they can add a distinctive flair to virtually every type of motorcycle.


Both new and seasoned riders will suffer hand fatigue on longer rides or in stop-and-go traffic. Softer foam grips or grip puppies that fit over existing grips can reduce that fatigue and numbness and give riders a more comfortable riding experience. New grips are also inexpensive (typically less than $100) and are easily installed with few or no special tools.

Battery Tenders

Ellis Law’s motorcycle accident lawyers know that a properly charged battery is essential to keeping your ride on the road and that a battery tender is the easiest way to maintain that charge. Most battery tenders cost around $50. They are easy to install and are the simplest way to assure a rider that a short in a bike’s electrical harnesses will not drain the battery’s power or keep the rider off the road.

Air Filters and Oil Coolers

Riders can extend the mechanical life of their bikes’ engines with air filters and oil coolers that reduce thermal stress on a bike’s mechanical systems. Oil coolers are particularly important for riders who will take their bikes on longer rides in hotter climates. Better air filters will also add tens of thousands of miles onto a bike’s lifespan. You might spend a few hundred dollars for each of these mods, but you will see a long-term payback in longevity and performance that will make your riding more satisfying and enjoyable.

Call the Ellis Law Corporation When You Have Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident

California’s roads and highways present high risks to riders. If you have been in a motorcycle accident in southern California, call the Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys at the Ellis Law Corporation for representation and assistance in dealing with the insurance companies that will inevitably try to place the accident blame on you. We understand the challenges that motorcyclists face and we know how to fight those insurance companies to recover the compensation you deserve and need to get you back on your bike.

Additional Resources:

  1., 10 Essential Mods for New Motorcycles.
  2., Advantages of Using a Motorcycle Oil Cooler.
  3., Top 15 Mods Under $100.
  4., 20 Awesome Motorcycle Mods for Under $100.

Must-Have Motorcycle Riding Gear

couple holding motorcycle helmetsWhen it comes to riding a motorcycle and staying safe, having the right gear is essential. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a veteran biker, you want to protect yourself in the event of a fall or crash. There are literally thousands of accessories, innovative gadgets and motorcycle get-ups on the market that will help you get from point A to point B in one piece—and today’s gear is getting lighter, more functional and stylish.

Stay safe in the saddle by equipping yourself with the following essentials.

Essential motorcycle gear and accessories

  1. Motorcycle helmet – A quality, lightweight DOT-certified helmet may set you back $300-$400, but it is well worth the investment. Wearing a helmet is not only the law, it can probably save your life and reduce the chances of suffering traumatic brain injury in an accident. A full-face helmet offers the best protection but get a ¾ helmet at the very minimum. Experts recommend replacing your helmet every 5 years as the components and adhesives inside begin to break down.
  2. Jacket – If your budget allows, purchase a quality jacket for warmer and cooler temperatures that provides abrasion resistance. Some of the best motorcycle jackets are made of leather and reinforced mesh – materials that won’t shred when you hit the pavement.
  3. Boots – According to statistics from the CDC, 30 percent of all non-fatal motorcycle injuries occur in the feet and legs. Protect your ankles and avoid crush injuries by investing in a solid pair of motorcycle boots (preferable made of leather). You’ll find boots with padded armor discs that protect ankle bones, reinforced toe boxes and extra thick soles.
  4. Gloves – Motorcycle riding gloves are designed to protect your digits from the elements and road rash. Made of suede, full-grain leather and mesh, most feature reinforced knuckle and palm armor for added safety.
  5. Motorcycle Pants – In the event of a spill, regular demin will shred in seconds, increasing your chances of serious injury. As with a jacket, you want to look for abrasion-resistant materials such as Kevlar. There are many new textiles available that won’t rip or tear. You can also purchase riding jeans that are lined with Kevlar.
  6. Reflective vest – A reflective vest is a must-have for any rider. Put it over your jacket for increased visibility at dusk and nighttime, when many accidents tend to happen.

Motorcycle accident lawyers in Los Angeles

With the right safety gear, motorcyclists can reduce the chances of being fatally harmed in the event of a crash. To learn more about your legal options in the wake of an accident, contact Ellis Injury Law Firm for a free and confidential case evaluation with a skilled Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney. Phones are answered 24-7, call today at 310-641-3335 to speak with a professional personal injury lawyer.

Additional Resources on Essential Motorcycle Gear:

  1. EastSleepRide,  Motorcycle Safety Gear Every Rider Should Wear
  2. Popular Mechanics, Wearable Gear You Need To Start Riding Motorcycles
  3. Gear Patrol, Essential, City-Ready Motorcycle Gear that Doesn’t Compromise on Style

Are Motorcycles Safer Than Cars?

Driver riding motorcycle on the empty asphalt road

Southern California is lucky enough to have motorcycle-friendly weather through most of the year but in other parts of the country, bikes are starting to come out of winter storage. Before hitting the road, take time to think about sharing the road safely.

Motorcycles and cars – which are safer?

In a head-to-head collision between cars and motorcycles, there is no doubt that occupants of cars fare better than motorcyclists. Drivers and other occupants of cars, SUVs, and other passengers have the benefit of a sturdy metal cage for protection from impacts, as well as the added stability that four tires provides. But does that make them safer than motorcycles?

Once an accident occurs, cars may be safer than motorcycles, but this overlooks the advantages that a bike has in avoiding an accident. Here are some factors to consider.


The size and stability of a passenger car offers impact protection but hinders maneuverability. In a quick-decision moment, drivers of cars have limited options for evasive maneuvers.

Motorcycles provide greater agility and acceleration ability when it comes time to avoid a hazard or a sudden pile-up on the road.

Field of vision

Drivers of cars, SUVs, and mini-vans must take into account their blind spots when navigating traffic. Not only that, but dirty windows, head rests from the rear row of seats, and even the dry cleaning hanging hanging from the car roof can impede the driver’s ability to see properly.

Bikers, on the other hand, have little to no obstructions to their vision from their bikes. Even with a full helmet, the driver need only to turn his head to see around the road.

Road immersion

It is an epidemic: drivers are distracted. From checking the latest text message to fiddling with the radio to adjusting the coffee cup lid, drivers in cars are overwhelmingly distracted and distraction is a leading cause of accidents.

Motorcycles encourage riders to stay immersed in the experience of the road. Riding close to the ground at high speed, without comfort controls and a latte at hand, leads motorcyclists to be far less distracted on the road.

Sharing the road safely

Sharing the road is the job of those in cars and on motorcycles alike. Drivers of passenger vehicles can do their part by looking for motorcycles and respecting their space, checking blind spots, and never driving distracted. Motorcyclists can help by riding in the center of the lane, wearing bright clothes or reflective material, and wearing ODOT-compliant helmets.

As a firm comprised of the top Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys, we see the effects of motorcycle and vehicle collisions regularly and advocate for the rights of those injured in motorcycle accidents throughout southern California. No matter what you choose to drive, we at Ellis Injury Law encourage you to be safe on the road.

Additional resources on sharing the road with motorcycles:

  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility, However We Get Around,
  2., Consumer Advisory: Safely ‘Share the Road’ with Motorcyclists,

Motorcycle Accident Fatalities Drop in 2017

Driver riding motorcycle on the empty asphalt roadDeaths from motorcycle accidents in California fell more than 28% during 2017, according to statistics from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). Fatalities from motorcycle accidents were also fewer nationwide year over year, although the drop, at 8.6%, was much less dramatic than in the Golden State.

The numbers fell to 406 deaths from motorcycle accidents in California during 2017 versus 566 in 2016. Nationwide, 4,798 people were killed as a result of motorcycle accidents in 2017 versus 5,251 in 2016.

Although the decrease is cause for celebration, motorcycle riding is still dangerous to life and limb. Deaths resulting from motorcycle accidents occur 28 times more frequently than deaths from other vehicle accidents.

Why Fewer Motorcycle Accidents in 2017?

Why were there fewer motorcycle accident-related fatalities last year? The GHSA points to the ability of the state’s riders to split lanes. While many states have debated letting motorcycles split lanes, only California allows it legally.

Opinions on the safety of lane splitting are not uniform. Clearly, state legislators think it enhances safety, building on University of California, Berkeley researchers, who felt it could be safer if done at appropriate speeds. Their 2015 study found fewer head and torso injuries and fewer deaths in lane-splitting motorcyclists versus those who did not split lanes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also noted that other countries have enacted lane-splitting laws and it seems to have worked well where allowed, reducing congestion and promoting safety, partly because bikers are no longer trapped behind cars.

But opponents believe that lane-splitting increases the chances that motorcyclists can be hit by vehicles changing lanes who overlook them — or are taken unaware by a darting motorcyclist —and that lane-splitting motorcyclists can startle motorists.

The single most important safety measure in driving a motorcycle, of course, is wearing a helmet. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that helmets saved more than 1,800 lives in 2016, the last year for which those statistics are available. Helmets cut down on the risk of a fatality by 37%.

Hurt in a Motorcycle Crash? Call for a Free Case Review

The drop in motorcycle accident-related fatalities, both in California and across the U.S., is excellent news. But motorcycle accidents still cause far too many injuries and deaths in southern California and across the nation.

When accidents do happen and tragedy ensues, families have the legal right to compensation for medical bills, hospitalizations, even funerals.

Call an experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney at The Ellis Law Firm if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a crash. We have decades of experience winning maximum compensation for injured motorcyclists in southern California. Call us today at 310-641-3335 for a free consultation with a personal injury attorney.

Additional Resources:

  1. Bergal, Jenni. “Motorcycle Lane-Splitting: Safe or Scary?” Huffington Post. February 9, 2018.
  2. Governors Highway Safety Association. Spotlight on Highway Safety. Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State. Preliminary Data, 2017.
  3. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Motorcycle Safety.