Motorcycle Safety in California
With Motorcycle Safety Month quickly approaching, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is preparing to increase awareness about motorcyclist safety across the country. They will be spreading the word about motorcyclist safety and asking drivers to “Share the Road.” Since many motorists involved in motorcycle crashes report not having seen the motorcycles prior to the crash, drivers are being encouraged to be extra alert and on the lookout for riders.
Distracted Driving and Motorcycle Safety
On the heels of distracted driving awareness month, fewer roadway users groups are put more at risk by distracted behaviors behind the wheel than motorcycle riders. If drivers aren’t paying attention to the road, they’re not looking out for motorcycles or other roadway users.
U.S. Motorcycle Crash Statistics
• There were 4,668 motorcyclist fatalities in 2013, which accounted for 14 percent of all roadway deaths for the year.
• In 2012, 4,957 motorcycle riders were killed in crashes.
• In 2011, 4,630 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes.
• Approximately 93,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2012.
• An estimated 81,000 motorcycle riders were injured in 2011.
Sharing the Road with Motorcycle Riders
Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcycle riders are more than 26 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a crash. In addition to pedestrians and cyclists, motorcycle riders are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups. They do not have the benefit of steel safety cages, seat belts and side-curtain air bags. They’re simply at a greater risk of injury and death in the event of a crash. Sharing the road is absolutely essential for keeping motorcyclists safe and alive.
After a Motorcycle Accident
Even seemingly minor motorcycle accidents can land riders in the hospital, or worse. After your immediate medical needs are addressed, your next priority needs to be speaking with an experienced and skilled personal injury lawyer.