Motorcycle Accidents in Truckee
Riding a motorcycle is a popular way to get around and California has a higher density of motorcycles per capita than any other state. While riding a motorcycle comes with plenty of benefits such as enjoying the open air and saving money on gas, there is also a downside. Motorcyclists face an increased risk of injury because they lack the same protections that the occupants of passenger vehicles have. Because Truckee is in one of California’s most beautiful areas, people often enjoy riding motorcycles on local highways and, unfortunately, accidents do happen. Local motorcyclists may want to learn more about how motorcycle collisions affect their area.
According to information gathered by UC Berkeley, there were 800 traumatic car accidents in Truckee from 2007-2019. Out of these accidents, 31 involved a motorcycle, accounting for about 4 percent of crashes overall. These Truckee accidents caused 33 injuries and did not result in any fatalities. While this is a relatively small number of crashes, the number for the motorcycles across the county was much higher, totaling 1,187 collisions resulting in 1,304 injuries and 56 fatalities.
Some areas are more dangerous for motorcyclists than others. While it can be difficult to determine why a given area may see more motorcycle crashes, it’s important to know where accidents are likely to happen in your area. Within Truckee, the majority of motorcycle accidents take place on Highway Interstate 80, especially near Highway 89 and Donner Pass Road. Apart from the highway, accidents in Truckee tend to happen on more rural roads.
Throughout the 31 accidents in Truckee, speeding was the leading primary causal factor. Speeding caused about 32 percent of motorcycle accidents, while the next most dangerous factor, right-of-way violations, caused around one-quarter of crashes. Other common factors included turning dangerously as well as driving on the wrong side of the road and DUI.
What to Do After a Crash
When motorcyclists suffer injuries, they often face major consequences. An accident injury can mean having to pay for a series of expensive medical bills as well as needing to take time off work. In some cases, people are left unable to continue working at all. These concerns can leave people feeling overwhelmed. However, crash survivors can often claim recompense through personal injury claims. These types of claims can help people recover for their losses after being involved in a traumatic accident.
Many people are not sure whether or not they should pursue an injury claim after a crash. While every case is different, it is always good to call a Truckee motorcycle accident attorney for advice. If you’d like to learn more about working with a lawyer, you can watch this video:
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Truckee Motorcycle Accident Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a Truckee motorcycle accident attorney. If you were injured during a motorcycle accident, contact me so that I can help you with some free, friendly advice. To speak with me, use either my toll-free number, (800) 404-5400, or reach me locally at (530) 392-9400.
I’ve been assisting people in Truckee with personal injury cases for more than 37 years. You can learn about my history of work by reading some of my settlements and verdicts and browsing through my client reviews posted on these websites:
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