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Officers at risk of motorcycle crashes

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Riding a motorcycle is a great joy to biker enthusiasts in California yet it comes with an inherent level of danger that may surpass that of driving a passenger vehicle due to the limited amount of protection around the drivers and any passengers. It is also true that many of the dangers faced by motorcyclists come in the form of other drivers who make negligent choices or operate their vehicles recklessely.

The risks posed to bikers have been shown to be shared by law enforcement officers on motorcycles as well as by everyday citizens who ride bikes. According to the Insurance Institite for Highway Safety, nearly 30 officers around the United States were killed in the line of duty while on their police bikes between 2010 and 2015 alone. In California, on-duty motorcycle officers represent more than 33 percent of all motorcyclist fatalities since 1923. And, an estimated 43 percent of all of the officers killed on motorcycles while on duty have been part of the California Highway Patrol force.

People should also not assume that these deaths are all linked to high-speed pursuits which might naturally increase the chance of an accident. Drunk drivers, drivers who have fallen asleep while behind the wheel and others have been the cause of some of the loss of live experienced by California's on-duty motorcycle cops.

After a motorcycle accident occurs, it may be helpful for bikers or their loved ones to reach out to an attorney for help. This may provide insight into some options available for compensation.

Source: ABC10.com, "Motorcycle wrecks leading cause of on-duty CHP officer deaths," Michael Anthony Adams, March 3, 2017

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