Motorcycle accidents are on the rise in California, prompting safety officials to remind both
drivers and motorcyclists to “share the road.”
According to the
California Highway Patrol, accidents, injuries and deaths all spiked in 2011. Below are the statistics:
- 433 people were killed in motorcycle crashes, which represents a 20 percent
increase over 2010 data.
- More than 12,000 people were injured motorcycle collisions, a 10 percent
rise over the prior year.
- The number of motorcycle accidents similarly jumped by 10 percent from
2010 to 2011.
To combat the alarming trend, the CHP is planning a yearlong series of
public outreach campaigns based on the message: “Share the Road.”
The first event took place earlier this month at the U.S. Marine Corps
Air Station, Miramar in San Diego. The goal is to encourage the shared
responsibility of safety among both drivers and motorcyclists.
As San Diego Injury attorneys, we know how devastating a motorcycle accident
can be. Because bikes offer very little protection in the event of a crash,
injuries are often serious. Some of the most common include spinal cord
injuries, brain trauma, broken bones, and road rash. Extensive medical
treatment and rehabilitation often leads to costly medical bills and significant
missed time from work. Thankfully, injury victims can seek compensation
when a negligent driver is to blame for the accident.