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Motorcyclists and Drivers Must Share to Road to Avoid Accidents

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.