The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about their upcoming efforts to raise awareness about bicycle safety during National Bicycle Safety Month. Throughout the Month of May, the CHP will be holding various activities around the State of California to promote and improve safety for cyclists. These activities will include educational programs, presentations and rodeos, and they will focus on cyclist and motorist behaviors. During National Bicycle Safety Month, the CHP wants drivers to remember that the road is for everybody. Safely sharing the road needs to be a top priority for drivers around California.
Bicycle Crashes by The Numbers
- During the past five years, 738 cyclists were killed and 61,000 were injured in crashes in California.
- In 2015, 829 cyclists were killed in crashes in the U.S.
- In 2016, there were 840 cyclist deaths in crashes across the nation.
- 71 percent of cyclists who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016 died in urban areas.
- The cyclist fatality rate per million people was 5.6 times higher for males than females in 2016.
- From 2007 to 2016, the average age of cyclist killed in crashes increased from 40 to 46.
Cyclists Can Improve Safety With Helmets
According to the CHP, 50 percent of bicycle deaths are due to head injuries. Although California law only requires riders under the age of 18 to wear helmets, riders of all ages are encouraged to protect their brains. Cyclists can also improve their personal safety by wearing bright high-visibility clothing and always obeying the traffic laws. Cyclists have to follow the same traffic rules and laws as motor vehicle drivers.
Sharing The Road With Cyclists
Ultimately, cyclists are truly at the mercy of the motorists they share the road with. Even a collision at relatively low speeds can be devastating or fatal for a cyclist. Drivers are reminded share the road safely. This means making a commitment to distraction-free driving. You’re not sharing the road if you’re texting. 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 today.