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CALIFORNIA – Declining use of cell phones and texting behind the wheel may help explain why motorcycle traffic fatalities continue to decline in California and nationally. Overall fatal motorcycle accidents are down by 11% in 2010 in the state. However, there were more deaths attributed to drunk motorcyclists and improperly licensed motorcycle riders, according to a report by the California Office of Transportation and Safety.

Fatal motorcycle accidents declined from 394 to 352 deaths in 2010, according to California Traffic Safety Report Card compiled by the state Office of Transportation and Safety.

Nationally, motorcyclist traffic fatalities in the United States dropped by 16% in 2009 to 4,465 breaking a trend of 11 consecutive years of increases that more than doubled motorcyclist fatalities from 2,116 in 1997 to 5,312 in 2008, statistics show. The upward trend is likely the result of more drivers using cell phones behind the wheel.

After California laws banning handheld cell phones went into force on July 1, 2008 (California Vehicle Code [VC] §23123) the number of motorcyclists killed or injured in traffic accidents began a steep decline. The new law only permitted motorists who are at least 18 to use a “hands-free device.

Also, the state passed the Wireless Communications Device Law effective January 1, 2009 making it an infraction to write, send, or read text-based communication on an electronic wireless communications device, such as a cell phone, while driving a motor vehicle.

These two new laws have saved hundreds of lives in California and similar laws around the country have also led to declines in other states.

“Drivers who obey these new laws can be proud of what has been accomplished over the past four years,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Many lives have been saved and more will be saved as people continue to drive attentively.”

However, despite the good news, there was a 3% increase in deaths by motorcycle operators who were killed in California while driving with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. The report shows drunk motorcycle riders accounted for 27% of 352 fatal motorcycle crashes.

Additionally, the number of motorcycle operators killed in traffic accidents who were not properly licensed grew from 32% to 33%, the report said.

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Source: San Diego Medical Examiner Report

RAMONA, California — Dennis Wayne Williams, 57, of Carlsbad was struck and killed Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle crash in the 18,000 block of Highland Valley Road, according to a San Diego Medical Examiner report.

Williams was driving northbound on Highland Valley Road when he came to a stop sign and waited to make a left-hand turn. The driver of a Toyota Prius traveling southbound came to a stop in the opposite direction to Williams and waited for him to initiate a left-hand turn across the roadway.

However, the driver of a southbound Honda Civic apparently did not see the stopped Prius and swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid a collision with the vehicle, according to the report. Next, the Honda Civic struck the rear bumper of the Prius and pushed it into the northbound lane of travel colliding with the motorcycle rider. The motorcyclist was ejected from his bike and into the roadway about 12:40 p.m.

Paramedics were called and Williams was transported to a local fire department where he waited for air transportation to a local hospital, but he was pronounced dead at 1:44 p.m. as he waited.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

There were 389 fatalities and 10,134 injuries to motorcyclists in California in 2009, the latest statistics compiled by the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic System Report.

In the United States, motorcyclist injuries made a significant drop, down roughly 9% to 82,000 injuries reported in 2010 compared to 90,000 injuries the year before. Fatal accidents were slightly up, 4,502 deaths were reported in 2010 compared to 4,469 in 2009.


The Seegmiller Law Firm can be reached at 1-855-ASK–WEST.  For over 30 years, the firm has been a staunch advocate for victims’ rights and has fought for clients involved in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including premises liability, product liability, auto accidents, dog bites, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, at-work injuries and more.  The firm has offices in Irvine, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

 

Source: Burbank Police Department Press Release

BURBANK, California – Kevin Wilson, 52, of Glendale was killed after he struck a legally parked van parked on Alameda Avenue on Sunday, February 12, according to a Burbank Police Department press release.

Wilson was riding his 2012 Kawasaki motorcycle eastbound on Alameda Avenue when he allegedly failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and struck the van on the south side of the curb near the intersection at Chavez Street, the police report said.

Wilson was treated at the scene of the motorcycle accident and paramedics transported him to Los Angeles County University of Southern California Medical Center. Wilson suffered severe internal injuries and died a short time after his arrival, the report said. The cause of the fatal motorcycle accident is under investigation by the Burbank Police Department.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

There were 389 fatalities and 10,134 injuries to motorcyclists in California in 2009, the latest statistics compiled by the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic System Report.

Personal Injury Law Firms found there was  a single motorcyclist death and 19 reported injuries to motorcyclists in 2009 for the city of Burbank, according to the CHP report.

In the United States, motorcyclist injuries made a significant drop, down roughly 9% to 82,000 injuries reported in 2010 compared to 90,000 injuries the year before. Fatal accidents were slightly up, 4,502 deaths were reported in 2010 compared to 4,469 in 2009.

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The Seegmiller Law Firm can be reached at 1-855-ASK–WEST.  For over 30 years, the firm has been a staunch advocate for victims’ rights and has fought for clients involved in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including premises liability, product liability, auto accidents, dog bites, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, at-work injuries and more.  The firm has offices in Irvine, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.