September 3, 2014

California Motorcyclist Safety Program

CHP’s Annual Advisory Meeting for Motorcyclist Safety

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is getting ready to host its 2014 California Motorcyclist Safety Program’s Annual Advisory Committee Meeting. The meeting is going to be held at CHP Headquarters in Sacramento on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend, but required to get clearance prior to the meeting. Motorcycle safety information updates will be covered including information about the absence of lane-splitting guidelines.

Data and Statistics

In addition to a variety of information regarding the improvement of roadway safety for motorcyclists, the CHP will also be covering data and statistics from motorcycle wrecks around California. Like other vulnerable roadway user groups, motorcyclists continue to see an increase in crash-related injuries and fatalities.

California Motorcycle Crash Facts

• Over the past 10 years in California, motorcyclist fatalities have increased 175 percent.
• In 1998, there were only 204 motorcycle fatalities.
• In 2008, there were 560 motorcycle crash deaths.
• 90 percent of fatal motorcycle crash victims in California are male.

Three Primary Factors Involved in Motorcycle Collisions

The CHP reports that the majority of motorcycle crashes (59 percent) are attributed to three major factors: unsafe speed, improper turning and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Additionally, 65 percent of fatal crashes and 56 percent of injury-causing crashes are the fault of the motorcyclist. This means that about one-third of all fatal crashes and almost half of all injury-causing crashes are caused by other factors, which include distracted and impaired driving of other motorists in traditional passenger vehicles.

Improving Roadway Safety for Motorcyclists

The CHP is also getting ready to implement a 12-month traffic safety grant to reduce fatal and injury-causing motorcycle wrecks on popular roadways in California. Officers are targeting problematic areas with enhanced enforcement in addition to public safety education and awareness campaigns.
Victims of motorcycle accidents may be facing extensive hospital stays and lengthy recovery periods. Even with helmets and other protective gear, motorcycle drivers and passengers can become seriously or fatally injured in crashes with larger traditional automobiles. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a free consultation today.

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