May Is Motorcycle Safety Month
Given the recent spike in motorcycle fatalities, we want to remind all
our readers that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The public
awareness campaign highlights the importance of drivers
and motorcyclists sharing the road responsibly.
Deadly Motorcycle Crashes on the Rise
Thanks to our warm and dry climate, California has a large motorcycling
community. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, there
are more than 884,000 registered motorcycles and more than 1.4 million
licensed riders in the state.
Of course, more motorcyclists on the road also often means more accidents.
California had the second most motorcycle fatalities in the country last
year. In total, 476 motorcyclists were killed in California traffic collisions
and more than 14,000 others were injured.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities
in bike crashes occur 27 times more often than in crashes of other vehicles.
Given the risk of a serious crash, drivers and motorcyclists must both
“No matter how you travel on California’s roadways, safety
should always come first. Motorcyclists and drivers both share equal responsibility
for roadway safety,” said California Highway Patrol Commissioner
Joe Farrow. “Motorcyclists are sometimes hard to see and are more
vulnerable to collisions than other drivers. Be alert, share the road,
and look twice for riders.”
Preventing a California Motorcycle Crash
Motorcyclists can take steps to protect themselves, such as always wearing
a helmet, obeying the speed limit, and never riding impaired. However,
drivers also share some of the responsibility. Motorcycle crashes can
often be attributed to careless driving behaviors, including:
Failure to yield. Due to a motorcycle’s small size, drivers must check carefully before
turning or changing lanes.
Failure to recognize a motorcycle. Whether they are talking on the phone or otherwise distracted, drivers
often don’t see motorcycles until it is too late.
Tailgating. Rear-end motorcycle accidents are often caused by drivers who follow too
closely or otherwise misjudge the time it takes to stop the vehicle.
Left-turn collisions. Drivers cause serious accidents when they veer into the path of a motorcyclist
Motorcyclists Suffer Serious Injuries
For motorcyclists, even minor crashes can result in serious injuries. Head
trauma and spinal cord injuries are particularly common and can lead to
permanent disabilities. Because they are so unprotected, motorcyclists
also often suffer broken bones and internal injuries. The road itself
can also cause serious injuries when unprotected skin hits the pavement.
Serious skin abrasions, known as “road rash,” can require
extensive medical treatments and can result in permanent scarring.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury in a California
motorcycle crash, don’t hesitate to
a San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free