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The Most Dangerous Places in California to Ride a Motorcycle

Everyone knows that riding a motorcycle presents a certain amount of danger. However, there are certain roadways in California that present a much greater risk of injury or death for even the most experienced motorcyclists.

Everyone knows that riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. In California, there have been roadways that have presented a great risk of injury or death for even the most experienced motorcyclists. If you have suffered any injuries as a result of a motorcycle crash  in California, our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are available to answer any questions you may have about accident claims and damages.

Below, we have listed the most dangerous roads in California that motorists should keep an eye out for.

Most Dangerous Places in CA to Ride a Motorcycle


This road expands 87 miles through the San Gabriel mountains from La Cañada Flintridge. SR-2 has had a total of 52 fatalities within the past 7 years and averages a fatality every 1.6 miles due to its blind curves and switchbacks. We recommend that motorists be very cautious when driving on this road.


This roadway stretches 171 miles from San Diego to Costa Grande, also known as the Border Friendship Route. It has accumulated nearly 134 deaths within 7 years, thus averaging a fatality every 1.2 miles. Weather conditions may also be an issue due to its extreme winds that reach upwards of 100 mph.

US 101

This road spans from Los Angeles to San Francisco. It is known for its spectacular coastal views, however, it is not as great as it may seem. Unfortunately, this area averages a fatality every 1.3 miles. Furthermore, it takes emergency services about 4 minutes longer than average to arrive at the scene of an accident. We recommend avoiding this highway during its peak hours.


State Route 99, also known as Highway 99, is a 424-mile road that runs through the Central Valley. It is used to connect rural communities with densely populated areas that are just east of the valley. Highway 99 is considered as one of the most deadliest sections with 34 fatal accidents reported in 2018. Even though it is considered as a relatively short highway, it still has the most fatal accidents per 100 miles of any other road across the United States.


This roadway stretches 215 miles from Oceanside to Blythe. It is mostly used by a populated area located in northern San Diego County before heading upward into the Cuyamaca Mountains. This highway has had 62 fatalities within 7 years and has averaged more than one fatality every 3 miles. Motorists must be cautious of the steep incline on Banner Hill. Make sure to check if your brakes are working well prior to making a trip down this road.


This is a widely popular road that travels 181 miles from San Bernardino County to Las Vegas. Annually, nearly 8 million vehicles travel on this highway. It is mostly a straight road with little to no distractions, however, many suspect that the openness of the road itself influences people to speed. This is primarily why within 15 years, I-15 has had about 834 fatal accidents with 1,069 motorist deaths.


This highway expands for 90 miles, beginning at the border with Mexico and ending at the Coachella Valley. SR-86 was limited to 2 lanes, however, rural road access caused many collisions. It is now constructed as a 4 lane highway. Despite the improvements, there are still accidents occurring in this location.


I-5 travels 796 miles from Mexico to Oregon. The most hazardous stretch of this highway passes through Los Angeles County, where heavy traffic often takes place. Large semi-trucks and speeding drivers may contribute greatly to the risks of creating a deadly path for other motorists. With the combination of busy traffic, massive trucks, and irresponsible drivers, it is no wonder that I-5 has been ranked as the #1 deadliest highway in California. Within a 7-year period, a fatal accident occurred nearly every mile, which accumulated to a total of 700 deaths.

Available Damages

Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.

A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life

Punitive Damages

The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.

Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

Contact Us to Find Out How We Can Help

If you have sustained injuries in the city of Los Angeles as a result of a motorcycle accident, our experienced attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you recover compensation for losses you have suffered, which include medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate legal team.


If you have been injured in an accident, you can count on the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers to fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney.
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