The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about their ongoing bicycle safety initiative. Since May is National Bicycle Safety Month, officials with the CHP and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) want to spread the word about bicycle safety awareness. Safety advocates are reminding motorists and bicyclists to be courteous and share the road safely with all roadway users. It’s up to everybody to make a difference.
Cyclists have to follow the same rules of the road as motorists. They also deserve the same rights and respect as other roadway users. Additionally, motor vehicle drivers in California are required to give at least three feet of clearance to cyclists when passing. Just like motorists, cyclists should avoid distractions while riding.
Bicycle Crash Facts
- In the past five years, 772 cyclists were killed in crashes statewide.
- During that time, more than 59,000 cyclists were injured in crashes in California.
- In 2016, 840 cyclists were killed in crashes across the U.S.
- Cyclist deaths accounted for 2.2 percent of all traffic fatalities for the year in 2016.
- In 2016, 71 percent of cyclists who died in crashes were riding in urban areas.
- From 2007 to 2016, the average age of cyclist killed in motor vehicle crashes increased from 40 to 46 years old.
Improving Safety for Cyclists in California
Throughout the month, CHP officers will be conducting bicycle safety rodeos and educational presentations to help promote safe riding and driving behaviors for both cyclists and motorists. Cyclists are reminded to be courteous roadway users, and motorists are reminded to share the road with bicycles and all other types of vehicles on California roads.
Bicycle Accidents in California
After any type of bicycle accident involving a motor vehicle, it’s important to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case. You may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages and other costs resulting from your injuries. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.