I’m Ed Smith, a Benicia car accident lawyer. Locals know Benicia as a beautiful waterfront city with many public beaches, excellent dining options, and scenic drives. Many also know that these things make Benicia an excellent city for driving a motorcycle. However, motorcycle driving comes with the risk of accidents and accidents always present a risk of injury. Some statistics about motorcycle accidents in Benicia are included in this blog.
Motorcycle Accidents and Severity
According to reported data from researchers at UC Berkeley, motorcycle accidents in Benicia that involved some sort of injury most commonly were visible injuries that medical authorities did not record as severe. Out of Benicia’s total of 23 injury-causing motorcycle accidents during 2013-2016, 12 involved this type of personal injury.
After visible moderate and minor injuries, the most common motorcycle accident injuries in Benicia, from most commonly sustained to least commonly sustained, have been severe injuries, complaints of pain, and fatalities.
Fatal Accident Rate Compared to County
Benicia’s rate of fatal motorcycle accidents is lower than the county as a whole by about 2 percent. Fatal accidents account for about 6 percent of Solano’s motorcycle crashes that involve injury, and only about 4 percent for Benicia.
Out of all of Benicia’s motorcycle collisions resulting in harm during 2013-2016, only one included driving under the influence as a factor. This puts the rate of alcohol involvement in DUI collisions in Benicia at less than half the rate for the county as a whole. Countywide, when people are injured in motorcycle accidents, alcohol is involved about 10 percent of the time, but in Benicia, it is only involved 4 percent of the time.
Some roadways are more heavily traveled by motorcycles and therefore have a higher rate of accidents; others are simply designed in such a way that makes it difficult for motorcyclists to drive safely. Regardless of the reason, these areas proved to be the most dangerous for motorcyclists in Benicia during the last four years:
- Highway 780 at the Rose Drive Junction
- Lake Herman Road
- Industrial Way near the Highway 680 Junction
Motorcycles, when viewed from the front or rear, are usually the most difficult to see on the road. Motorcycle accidents frequently occur because drivers fail to notice motorcyclists and either cut them off or collide with them.
Motorcyclists wishing to avoid accidents should always make sure they use their headlights appropriately and should also consider wearing bright clothing, or even painting their motorcycle a bright color. Leaving space between you and other vehicles when possible can also help to reduce the risk of a collision.
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Benicia Car Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Benicia car accident lawyer. Accidents often cause trauma. If an accident has significantly harmed you or someone you know, please reach out to me by calling (707) 564-1900 to get free, friendly advice.Those outside the area can get in touch with this toll-free number: (800) 404-5400.
I’m the founder and owner of AutoAccident.com, the best website in Northern CA for finding useful facts and accurate info about car accident and various personal injuries.
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