Motorcyclist sharing the road with another vehicle.

Motorcyclist sharing the road with another vehicle.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. According to the CHP, motorcyclist deaths happened 28 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles in 2016. As weather warms up, motorists can expect to see more motorcycle riders on roadways across the state. Together with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), officials with the CHP will be raising awareness about motorcycle safety through educational efforts and awareness projects.

California Motorcycle Crash Facts

  • In 2018, there were nearly 17,000 crashes involving motorcycles in the State of California.
  • There were 460 people killed in those crashes.
  • In 2017, there were more than 17,000 crashes involving motorcycles in California.
  • In those crashes, 577 people killed.
  • There are more than 900,000 registered motorcycles and more than 1.4 million licensed riders in the State of California.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Throughout the Month of May, The CHP and the OTS will be addressing the safety challenges facing motorcycle riders through their Get Educated and Ride Safe (GEARS) program. The CHP will be holding various outreach events for motorcycle riders and motorists over the next few weeks.

Additionally, all motorcycle riders, no matter what their skill and experience level, are encouraged to enroll in the California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP), which has 107 training sites across the state. The CHP trains approximately 55,000 motorcyclists through this program each year. Finally, motorcycle riders are always reminded to wear a U.S. DOT complaint motorcycle helmet and protective gear when they ride.

After a Motorcycle Accident in San Diego

Even crashes at relatively low speeds can leave riders in the hospital, so after any kind of motorcycle accident involving a larger motor vehicle, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case. You may be entitled to compensation to pay for medical bills and other injury expenses.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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