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CHP: May Is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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The weather here in the San Jose area means that motorcycle enthusiasts get to enjoy riding for most of the year. For those riders that prefer the warmer weather, May’s arrival is the sign that it is time to get your bike out of storage and on the roads. Unfortunately, as enjoyable as riding a motorcycle is, it can also be one of the most dangerous, resulting in about 500 motorcycle accident deaths in California every year. Another 12,000 are injured. In order to remind everyone on the roads to watch out for motorcycles, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has announced it is recognizing May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

May is designated as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month across the country as a way to encourage motorists’ awareness, and to educate the public on safety. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of motorcycle crashes and save lives.

Road Responsibility

Both motorcycle riders and other vehicle drivers have the onus to behave and operate their vehicles in a responsible manner. Unlike other vehicle occupants, a person riding a motorcycle has no protection surrounding them in the event of a crash. This is why the majority of motorcycle accident victims suffer serious to severe injuries, resulting in a significant impact on their lives. It is critical that motorcyclists drive defensively and use collision-avoidance maneuvers in order to minimize their risk of a crash.

The National Safety Council recommends that riders adhere to the following safety tips:

  • Always keep your focus on the road. Make sure to pay attention to the vehicles in front of you, as well as those coming up from behind, at all times.

  • Make sure to scan the path of the road for 10 to 15 seconds ahead of your vehicle.

  • Make sure to keep enough space between your bike and other vehicles to allow enough room in case a vehicle passes you or is driving behind you.

  • Always wear bright or reflective clothing and drive in the best lane position possible to stay visible to other motorists. Remember, the majority of motorcycle accidents occur because the other driver never saw the motorcycle. This is often due to the blind spots that vehicles have.

  • Always make sure the lights on your vehicle are working – brake lights, headlights, and running lights. You also want to always use your turn signals to alert other drivers of your intended turn.

Let a Santa Clara Personal Injury Attorney Help

No matter how responsibly a motorcyclist operates their vehicle, there is always the risk of crashing because of the negligence or recklessness of another vehicle driver. If you have been injured in a crash, contact Fuller Law Firm to find out what legal recourse you may have against the driver who caused your injuries. Call 408-234-7563 today to schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of our seasoned San Jose, CA motorcycle accident lawyers.

Sources:

https://www.ots.ca.gov/ots-and-traffic-safety/score-card/

https://www.kget.com/news/local-news/may-is-motorcycle-safety-awareness-month-chp-asking-motorists-to-drive-with-caution/

 

https://www.nsc.org/road-safety/safety-topics/motorcycle-safety

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