Multiple fatal Bay Area motorcycle accidents occurred in June. Three weeks ago, a motorcyclist was killed while riding on Interstate 880 in San Jose. Another crash in mid-June on Highway 101 in Mountain View took the life of a 28-year-old motorcyclist. In early June, a motorcyclist riding near Livermore died after an SUV pulled out in front of him. A San Jose motorcyclist died in early June after being involved in an accident with a semi-truck. On June 22, two separate motorcycle crashes in the Bay Area led to the deaths of two motorcyclists.
Despite the recent increase in Bay Area motorcycle accidents, fatal motorcycle crashes have decreased across California since 2016. Fatal motorcycle accidents in California decreased by 28.8 percent from 2016 to 2017. This is compared to a 5.6 percent national drop in fatal motorcycle accidents during the same period. In 2016, 586 motorcyclists died on California roads. Last year, 406 motorcyclists died in crashes on state roads.
Do Motorcycle Accidents Increase During Summer?
Motorcycle accidents increase during the summer months for several reasons. This is true for the Bay Area, California and other locations across the country.
As you have likely already guessed, there are more motorcycles on the roads during the warm summer months. There are also more passenger vehicles on the roads. People are more likely to take road trips during the summer. For instance, AAA estimates that more than 45 million Americans will drive long distances for July 4th.
Certain holidays, such as Memorial Day and Independence Day, generally see higher numbers of drunk or drugged drivers. Roadside construction zones are also more commonplace during the summer. Motorcyclists and other motorists can be involved in accidents while crossing through roadside construction zones.
Filing a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit in California
Family members of deceased riders may be able to file wrongful death lawsuits against the parties responsible for causing accidents. Parties in a motorcycle accident lawsuit can include businesses, other drivers, auto parts manufacturers or even local governments. Compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit can help pay for expenses caused by the loss of a loved one.
Bohn & Fletcher is a Bay Area personal injury law firm that takes motorcycle accident cases. You can reach one of our attorneys for a free consultation by calling (408) 279-4222 or by using our online case review form.