The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently observing Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Throughout the month of May, the NHTSA will be raising awareness about the importance of improving motorcyclist safety and sharing the road. With texting and other distracted driving behaviors on the rise, motorcyclists remain one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups. In addition to the NHTSA, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and a variety of other public safety and law enforcement agencies in California and across the nation will be working to improve safety for motorcyclists this month.
U.S. Motorcycle Crash Facts
- Between 2014 and 2015, there was an eight percent increase in motorcyclist fatalities in the U.S.
- In 2014, 4,594 motorcyclists were killed in crashes across the nation.
- In 2015, 4,976 motorcyclists were killed in U.S. traffic crashes.
- An estimated 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in crashes in 2015.
- Per vehicle mile traveled in 2015, motorcyclist fatalities happened nearly 29 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities in crashes.
- The NHTSA estimates that helmets saved 1,772 motorcyclists’ lives in 2015.
Improving Personal Safety
Motorcyclists can improve their personal safety in a few very effective and important ways. First, it’s absolutely critical to always wear a helmet. A helmet is the best way to protect yourself in the event of a crash. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been riding for a little while or your whole life. You can’t help how other people drive. Additional protective gear like boots, gloves, and jackets can also improve your safety. Above all, always practice safe and defensive riding techniques, and be vigilant and on the lookout for distracted or potentially impaired drivers.
Motorcycle Accidents in San Diego
Since motorcycle riders are on smaller vehicles, they’re truly at the mercy of other drivers on the road. Drivers are reminded this month and all year round to Share the Road and Look Twice for motorcycle riders. It could save a life. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in San Diego, along with the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.
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