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How many motorcyclists die on California roads?

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Do you or someone you love ride a motorcycle in California? If so, it is important that you understand the severity of the risks bikers face when sharing the roads with other vehicles. Blind spots, inattentive drivers, drunk drivers and more can all put riders in harm's way at any given time. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that out of 3,176 people killed in motor vehicle accidents in California in 2015, 462 were motorcyclists.

The five counties with the most number of motorcyclist fatalities were all in the southern part of the state with Los Angeles County leading the way. There a total of 113 bikers lost their lives in crashes. Another 42 died in San Diego County and 35 more people died each in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Orange County rounded out the top five with 28 total motorcyclist deaths. To understand just how serious the problem is, the county with the sixth most number of deaths was Contra Costa with 15.

While 2015 saw fewer bikers die in California than in 2014, the number was only one fewer than in 2013 and higher than the 447 in 2012 and the 415 in 2011. While riders in their 20s accounted for 156 of the deaths in 2015, plenty of older riders also died. Ninety two riders in their 30s died, 76 in their 40s, 75 in their 50s and 52 aged 60 and older died.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give California residents an overview of how many motorcyclist fatailities happen in the state to reinforce the dangers that bikers face on a regular basis.

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