The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release about their upcoming efforts to improve motorcycle safety during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. In May, the CHP along with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will work to raise awareness about the dangers facing motorcycle riders on California roadways. In addition to educational efforts, the CHP will also be participating in enhanced enforcement efforts to crack down on dangerous driving and riding habits that could endanger the lives of motorcyclists and other roadway users. Officials with the CHP are calling on drivers to share the responsibility for motorcycle safety by “looking twice.”
California Motorcycle Crashes by The Numbers
- There are more than 900,000 registered motorcycles in the State of California.
- There are over 1.4 million licensed motorcycle riders in California.
- Last year, 466 motorcycle riders were killed in California crashes.
- More than 14,000 motorcycle riders were injured in California last year.
- In 2016, 560 motorcyclists were killed and more than 14,400 were injured in crashes in California.
Share The Road and Look Twice
According to the CHP, the majority of multi-vehicle crashes involving motorcycles are caused by other drivers who reported “not seeing” the motorcycle prior to the crash. During the month of May and all year long, drivers are being urged to look twice for motorcyclists. Motorcycles are smaller than traditional passenger occupant vehicles and light trucks, but that doesn’t mean that they’re invisible. Drivers simply need to check their mirrors and blind spots before merging or changing lanes and always look twice before pulling out onto a roadway.
Motorcycle Accident Attorneys You Can Trust
Motorcycle riders are some of the most vulnerable roadway users. Even with helmets and other protective gear, they can become seriously injured in crashes involving larger vehicles. After any kind of motorcycle accident caused by a dangerous, negligent or distracted driver, it’s important to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in or around the San Diego, Central Coast areas and Bay Area, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.