CHP Emphasizes Motorcycle Safety Awareness for All
Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on May 20, 2016 in Motorcycle Accidents
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and government officials have teamed up to reduce motorcycle crashes through training and education.
They have an important message to share: Motorcycle safety is imperative for all vehicle drivers -- not just motorcyclists. Vehicle drivers also have responsibilities to drive defensively and create a safer highway environment for motorcyclists.
There are currently 1.4 million motorcyclists registered in California, a figure that is expected to rise during spring and summer months as the weather becomes more conducive to riding. More motorcyclists on the road means greater potential for deadly crashes.
According to estimates from the CHP's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, motorcycle-related crashes have increased from 2013 to 2014. Fatalities associated with motorcycle accidents rose by 11 percent in 2014. These concerning figures are prompting safety officials to relay a strong "share the road" message to all drivers.
Tips for Sharing the Road
Because motorcyclists are more vulnerable in any collision, it is important that riders take precautions, such as wearing a helmet and other protective gear, obeying road rules, and completing motorcycle safety programs.
Car and truck drivers can be proactive about motorcycle safety by engaging in safer driving practices. Below are some tips for preventing a motorcycle accident:
- Watch for hazardous weather conditions that decrease visibility and make it harder to see motorcycles.
- Indicate which direction you are turning by using your turn signals.
- Turn your head to check before switching lanes and do not rely on mirrors with blind spots.
- Increase your following distance if driving behind a motorcycle.
- Give motorcycles a full lane to maneuver through.
Motorcycle crashes can have devastating consequences such as injuries, steep medical bills and property damage. If you have been hurt by a negligent driver in a motorcycle collision, call an experienced Sacramento motorcycle accident lawyer at Arnold Law Firm today to schedule your free legal consultation.