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WLF Motorcycle Accident Attorney Reveals the Numbers

California has the highest number of roads listed in the ‘Top 100 Motorcycle Roads’ in motorcycleroads.com, an online guide to motorcycle roads, rides and events.  Not surprisingly, it also has the highest number of registered motorcycles in the United States. There are more than 800,000 registered motorcycles in the state. With such a large number of motorcycles, it is inevitable that the state beats every other state in the number of motorcycle crashes.

Below are the motorcycle fatality and injury statistics for the year 2013, the last year for which complete data is available. The data was obtained from the SWITRS Report on California Highway Patrol (CHP) website.

Total number of fatalities and injuries

  • Total number of fatalities: 467
  • Total number of people injured: 11,644

Fatalities and Injuries by age group

  • The age group with the highest number of injuries was 25-34 with 3,370 injured.
  • Other age groups with high number of injuries were 15-24 with 2,765 injured, 35-44 with 1,918 injured, 45-54 with 1,948 injured, and 55-64 with 1,314 injured.
  • The age group with the highest number of fatalities was 25-34 with 121 killed.
  • The age group with the lowest number of injured was 0-4 with 11 injured.
  • The age group with the lowest number of fatalities was 85 and over with 1 killed.
  • Other age groups with the high number of fatalities were 15-24 with 83 killed, 35-44 with 87 killed, 45-54 with 67 killed, and 55-64 with 80 killed.
  • The age group that was found to have violated the most traffic rules was 20-24 (53 violations causing fatalities and 1,255 violations causing injuries).
  • Other age groups that were found to have violated a high number of traffic rules were 25-29 (45 crashes causing fatalities and 1,077 crashes causing injuries) and 30-34 (45 crashes causing fatalities and 742 crashes causing injuries.

Fatalities and injuries by months

  • Most injuries occurred from May to October. There were over 1,000 injuries in each month.
  • Number of fatalities were distributed almost evenly in all months, the highest being 57 in August and the lowest being 13 in January.

Fatalities and injuries by counties

  • The county with the highest number of injuries was Los Angeles with 3,509 injured.
  • Other counties with over 500 people injured were Orange with 989 injured, Riverside with 525 injured, and San Diego with 1,285 injured.
  • The county with the highest number of fatalities was Los Angeles with 105 killed.
  • Other countries with over 20 fatalities were Orange with 30 killed, Riverside with 37 killed, Sacramento with 22 killed, San Bernardino with 32 killed, and San Diego with 47 killed.
  • The counties with the lowest number of injuries were Glenn and Modoc with only 3 people injured in each.
  • The counties with the lowest number of fatalities were Alpine, Colusa, Glenn, Inyo, Kings, Modoc, Mono, Sierra, Siskiyou, and Yuba with 0 killed.

Number of crashes causing fatalities by collision factor

  • Total number of fatal accidents: 319
  • Top cause of fatal motorcycle crashes was driving at an unsafe speed (128 crashes).
  • Other collision factors with high number of fatal crashes were DUI (65 crashes), driving on the wrong side of the road (27 crashes), improper turning (59 crashes) and violation of right-of-way regulations (13 crashes).

Number of crashes causing injuring by collision factor

  • Total number of crashes causing injuries: 6,563
  • Top cause of injurious motorcycle accidents was driving at unsafe speed (3,179 crashes).
  • Other collision factors causing high number of injuries were DUI (465 crashes), following too closely (111 crashes), driving on the wrong side of the road (218 crashes), improper passing (244 crashes), unsafe lane change (210 crashes), improper turning (1,432 crashes), violation of right-of-way regulations (221 crashes), and violation of traffic signals (165 crashes).

The rates of injuries and fatalities resulting from motorcycle crashes have remained more or less the same from 2009 to 2013.

These statistics show that, on average, there are about 18 motorcycle accidents every day across California resulting in injuries to 32 people and the death of 1.28 people. What this implies that any motorcyclist can easily become one of the victims on any day. If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, then call a skilled and experienced motorcycle accident attorney to learn about your rights and best options for recovery.