First Napa, then Pasadena, and now the city of Long Beach is cracking down on reckless motorcyclists in its so-called “Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation.” The operation took place on June 30th, and involved placing additional police enforcement on specific, targeted Long Beach streets where accidents commonly occur.
Though the operation has already concluded without incident, it demonstrates a growing trend with law enforcement in California. As the state contends with one of the highest rates of motorcycle injuries and fatalities in the nation, more and more cities are saying, “Enough.” If you drive a motorcycle, you should be vigilant no matter where you live, especially in California, because the authorities are cracking down, and the streets aren't always safe.
Statistics show that motorcycle-related fatalities in California jumped by 175 percent between the years 1998 and 2008. Since 2008, the number of fatalities has declined only slightly, and the annual injury rate remains high. Long Beach has one of the highest motorcycle incident rates in the state. In Long Beach alone, there were 132 motorcycle-related injuries and five fatalities in 2010. In 2011, there were 153 injuries and five fatalities. So far in 2012, there have been no fewer than four fatal accidents and 47 injuries, all according to Sgt. Richard Kaiser, accident investigations detail.
There are two demographics at the highest risk, statistically. The first is riders between the ages of 16 and 25. They account for the greatest number of incidents even though they do not make up the majority of riders. The second demographic consists of inexperienced middle-aged men who began riding later in life.
All in all, experience, education and caution are essential for preventing motorcycle-related incidents. Always wear a helmet and protective clothes, remain constantly aware of your surroundings, follow the rules of the road, resist the temptation to speed, and keep a lookout for drivers who may not be paying attention.
No matter how careful you are, accidents will still happen. If you have been injured, or if someone you love has died as the result of a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. But you need a legal team that knows the road and knows your right. A good motorcycle injury lawyer can give you the right kind of defense, right now.
At Nadrich & Cohen, LLC, we have the skill, the knowledge and the experience to represent any motorcycle injury victim, and we want to be there for you too. Give us a call at 1-800-722-0765 today to discuss your case. If we fail to recover any money for you, you don't owe us a thing. What are you waiting for?
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