California has one of the highest percentages of motorcycles in the United States, due in large part to its beautiful scenery and open roads. The most recent statistics from California's Department of Motor Vehicles states that there are over 800,000 registered motorcycles, the majority of which are in southern California.
Despite the beautiful scenery that attracts motorcyclists, California also has one of the highest instances of motorcycle fatalities in the United States. Motorcycle fatalities have risen 175% in the last decade according to statewide Integrated Traffic Record Systems data. Los Angeles in particular is a dangerous place to ride a motorcycle: in Los Angeles County, motorcycle fatalities have increased 59% from 2010 to 2013.
Three Horrific LA Motorcycle Accidents
Los Angeles motorcycle accidents and fatalities are on the rise. Here are some of the worst Los Angeles motorcycle accidents since 2010:
- 5 injured on 210 Freeway in Irwindale
On April 16, 2016, five people were injured in a motorcycle accident that involved five motorcycles and two vehicles on the 210 Freeway in Irwindale.
- 4-year-old dies in Rancho Cucamonga crash
On August 27, 2013, a four-year-old girl was killed when the motorcycle that she was a passenger on was hit by a tractor trailer in Rancho Cucamonga.
- 2 motorcyclists die in Highway 89 accident
On July 24, 2016, two Carson City motorcyclists were killed in a head-on vehicle collision on Highway 89 near Monitor Pass.
Most Dangerous Roads for Motorcycles
Some Los Angeles roads are notoriously dangerous to motorcyclists. Listed below are the most dangerous roads in Los Angeles for motorcyclists.
- I-15: According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the 180-mile stretch of Interstate 15 from Los Angeles to Las Vegas is one of the most dangerous roads in the nation.
- I-5: This freeway along the San Diego coast is extremely dangerous to motorcyclists thanks to over one million drivers daily and the intersection known as “The Merge” where thousands of accidents happen every day due to a rapid decrease in the number of lanes and traffic coming to a sudden complete stop.
- I-10: Another dangerous stretch of road is Interstate 10 which begins in Phoenix and runs through Los Angeles. Motorcyclists have to contend with a large number of vehicles as well as sudden stops.
LA Motorcycle Safety Tips
There are several ways you can stay safe this summer while riding your bike in Los Angeles. These include:
- Wearing a helmet
- Obeying all traffic laws
- Abstaining from drugs and alcohol
- Avoiding lane-splitting
- Observe the speed limit at all times
- Avoid riding in adverse weather or traffic scenarios
- Refrain from riding while distracted
- Complete a motorcycle safety course
LA Motorcycle Compensation Assistance
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