Data from the California Department of Motor Vehicle shows that the state has more than 860,000 registered motorcycles, and more than 1.4 million people have state licenses to operate a motorcycle. In places like Orange County, the weather is conducive to riding almost every day of the year. Even so, authorities expect that more motorcyclists will take to the roads during the spring and summer months.
The California Highway Patrol is encouraging motorcyclists and other motor vehicle drivers to do what they can to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents across the state.The CHP data for 2014 shows that motorcycle collisions increased by more than four percent from the previous year. Likewise, the number of people who died in motorcycle accidents in the state jumped from 475 in 2013, to 527 in 2014.
Inattentive drivers are a problem when it comes to any kind of accident, including those involving motorcycles. Similarly, state officials believe that most collisions between motorcycles and other vehicles are a result of the driver in the other vehicle failing to see the rider. Accordingly, a CHP commissioner explained that motorcyclists should always ride defensively.At the same time, drivers in other vehicles must understand that motorcycles are often closer to their vehicle than they appear.
Although the CHP is concentrating its efforts on motorcycle safety in the month of May, everyone on California’s roadways should look out for motorcyclists throughout all months of the year. Motorcycle riders are always more vulnerable to serious injury and death than are people travelling in cars and trucks. However, motorcyclists have as much right to be on the road, and drivers should take all reasonable steps to help keep them safe.
Source:Lake County News, “CHP: Drivers and motorcyclists share responsibility for safety,” Accessed on May 10, 2016