The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report in October that showed a significant decline in the U.S. traffic death rate, during the first half of 2013. Fatalities through June dropped more than four percent, from 16,150 deaths to 15,470 fatalities.
The trend was positive, but the news wasn't been good for all motorists. A separate Governors Highway Safety Association report released last spring, based on nine months of figures, projected 5,000 fatalities among motorcyclists in 2012. California's motorcycle fatality rate slightly declined from 2011 to 2012. State officials attributed the limited deaths to mandatory helmets laws, strong enforcement and extensive consumer awareness and safety training programs.
The dangers of catastrophic injuries or deaths in motorcycle accidents are very real. Los Angeles riders with the finest quality protective gear and motorcycles money can buy are not immune from the actions of negligent drivers.
The co-host of HGTV's "Curb Appeal" died recently after the motorcycle he was riding was struck. Bill Beckwith's life ended shortly after a car operated by a 30-year-old driver hit the TV host's motorcycle at a San Francisco intersection. He was 38.
Reports about the accident gave no details about the cause of the accident. Police noted the car driver cooperated fully with the investigation, but did not indicate whether criminal charges were being considered.
Car and truck drivers frequently tell authorities they didn't see a motorcycle before an accident. It's difficult for police to determine whether a motorcycle was in a blind spot or a car driver just wasn't paying attention to traffic. Cases are often closed with the conclusion that the fatality was an "unfortunate accident."
Motorcycle accident injury victims and loved ones left behind by tragedy pay the price. Sky-high medical costs, losses of earnings, emotional trauma, long recoveries and treatment for lifetime disabilities are common. Liability lawsuits help plaintiffs recover costs associated with another person's negligence.
Source: sfgate.com, "S.F. crash kills co-host of HGTV's 'Curb Appeal'" Henry K. Lee, Dec. 03, 201