Getting around by motorcycle offers riders a lot of benefits. Motorcycles are easy to drive and can help avoid traffic delays, they are easier to park, they are fun, and they are economical on gas. There is a major drawback, however, to riding a motorcycle. Motorcycle accidents are all too common, and when they do occur, they can result in serious injuries or death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, motorcycle accident deaths are 27% more frequent than deaths from other vehicles.
The spring and summer months are the most popular for motorcycles, although they are common all year round. With more motorcycles on the road, the likelihood of serious accidents increases. The California Highway Safety Patrol (CHP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are partnering to help increase motorcycle safety awareness. According to statistics, there are more than 1.4 million licensed motorcycle drivers and more than 884,000 registered motorcycles in California.
It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the safety of motorcyclists. Motorcycles are more prone to accidents because it may be harder for other drivers to see them. In fact, most multi-vehicle motorcycle accidents occur because the motorcycle was not seen by the other driver. There are many safety challenges that motorcyclists face when they get on the roadways. Drivers of other vehicles must be aware of the presence of a motorcycle and need to properly share the road in a safe manner.
Tips for Motorcycle Riders
While other drivers need to pay attention and watch the road for motorcyclists, riders also must be cautious. Riders should try to make themselves as visible as possible. Wear clothing that can be seen by others, especially when riding at night. Make sure that your motorcycle’s lights are functioning properly. If the weather conditions are poor, consider waiting to get on the road until the pavement is dry and the skies are clear. It is essential that you ride sober to prevent the possibility of a crash.
Wear a Helmet
It is important that all motorcyclists and passengers wear an adequate helmet while they ride. Helmets provide protection and can save lives in the event of a crash. California has a mandatory helmet law that requires all motorcycle drivers and passengers to wear helmets.
It may be helpful to learn more about how to choose a helmet. There are three main types of motorcycle helmets. A full-face helmet offers the most protection and may have a face shield to further protect the eyes. This style also helps reduce wind noise so you can better hear what is going on around you. Three-quarter style helmets do not provide face protection. Half helmets are the least protective as they only cover the top of the head. Choose a helmet that has a “DOT” sticker affixed to it. This means it guarantees to meet the U.S. safety standards. The U.S. Department of Transportation and the NHTSA have released a video to assist you in choosing the proper helmet.
Motorcycle accidents can be dangerous and the resulting injuries can be serious. If you or someone you love were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the experienced legal team at the Law Office of Patrick G. Shea to discuss your case today.