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The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release about motorcycle safety on California roadways. Their “Roadway Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility” campaign is aimed at raising awareness about sharing the road with vulnerable roadway users. The CHP, along with a variety of state, local and nationwide public safety agencies, are getting ready to observe Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May. During this time, the CHP and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will be working together to get the word out about sharing the road and other safety concerns for motorcyclists on California roadways.

California Motorcycle Traffic Statistics

  • There are more than 884,000 registered motorcycles in California.
  • There are 1.4 million licensed motorcycle riders in California.
  • Last year, 476 motorcycle riders were killed in crashes statewide.
  • An additional 14,000 motorcycle riders were injured.
  • In 2015, 494 motorcycle riders were killed in California crashes.

Share the Road and Look Twice

Officials with the CHP are reminding motorists to share the road and look twice for motorcycles. Motorcycles are smaller than traditional passenger occupant vehicles. If motorists aren’t paying attention, they might not see a motorcyclist enter their blind spot or put on the brakes. The most important part of sharing the road is making a commitment to distraction-free driving. Motorcyclists remain one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups. Even in crashes at relatively low speeds, they can become ejected from their vehicles and seriously injured.

CHP Improving Motorcyclist Safety

The CHP is also doing their part to help improve motorcyclist safety. Their California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP) trains approximately 66,000 motorcyclists each year. As of 2016, more than one million motorcycle riders have gone through the course since 1987. Motorcycle riders or aspiring motorcycle riders who are interested in improving their roadway safety can visit the CHP’s Motorcyclist Safety Program page to enroll in one of the courses. The CHP has 120 training sites throughout the State of California.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in San Diego, along with the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free consultation today.

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