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California saw big drop in motorcyclist deaths

Motorcycle crashes sometimes claim lives. Hundreds of motorcyclists each year are killed out on California’s roads. One encouraging trend though is that, last year, the state saw far fewer such deaths than it did the year before.

In 2016, there were 586 motorcyclist fatalities in California. In 2017, the fatality total dropped to 406. This is a 28.3 percent decrease.

This was one of the biggest drops in the country. It far exceeds the national average, which was a 5.6 percent drop. The only places that saw bigger decreases in motorcycle deaths in 2017 than California were Washington D.C., Delaware, Mississippi and Wyoming.

Why do you think motorcycle deaths have been down so much recently in California? What do you think would most help continue this trend? How safe of a place, overall, do you feel the state is for motorcyclists?

One wonders what kind of year 2018 will end up being when it comes to the state’s motorcycle fatality total.

One hopes that everyone out on California’s roads will do what they can to help reduce motorcycle accidents. For motorcyclists, this includes following proper motorcycle safety practices. For drivers, this includes watching for motorcyclists and avoiding behaviors that could endanger motorcyclists, such as distracted, impaired, aggressive or careless driving.

When drivers act irresponsibly out on the roads, motorcyclists can suffer greatly. When a motorcyclist ends up suffering serious or fatal injuries out on the roads because of unsafe conduct by a driver, the motorcyclist or his or her family can have important legal rights regarding compensation.

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