CHP Gets Grant to Improve Motorcycle Safety
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release about a recent grant that’s going to fund educational and enforcement programs to increase motorcycle safety awareness throughout the state. The federally funded campaign, Get Educated and Ride Safe (GEARS) IV, runs from October 1, 2021 until September 30, 2022.
In federal fiscal year 2018-19, there was an approximate 10 percent decrease in motorcycle-involved crashes in California. Based on provisional data, there was a 20 percent drop the following year. Unfortunately, even with the decline, there were 6,849 motorcycle-involved crashes resulting in 306 deaths and 6,118 injuries in CHP jurisdictions in 2019-20.
Get Educated and Ride Safety
The GEARS campaign is all about reducing motorcycle-involved crashes. It has a two-pronged approach. First, there’s an educational component, which will help to raise awareness about the dangers facing motorcycle riders on California roadways. That will also include efforts to educate motorists on how to safely share the road with motorcycle riders. Second, there will be an increase in enforcement efforts across the state.
There will be a variety of educational events held throughout the year. These events will be geared towards improving personal safety for motorcycle riders and raising awareness about motorcycle safety issues for motorists. Even when motorcycle riders do everything right and take all possible safety precautions, they are still at the mercy of the drivers they share the road with.
Motorcycle Accidents in Southern California
After any kind of motorcycle accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case. Even crashes at relatively low speeds can be catastrophic or worse for motorcycle riders. A motorcyclist can’t maneuver in the same way a larger motor vehicle can. Motorcycle riders don’t have seat belts, air bags or steel cages to protect them in the event of a crash. Drivers are reminded to share the road with motorcycles and make a commitment to distraction-free driving to help keep roads safe for all types of roadways users in California.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.