Motorcycle riding season has arrived along with a sobering new statistic from the California Highway Patrol. Nearly 16 percent of all fatal vehicle accidents in California happen to motorcycle riders or their passengers. This statistic is even more shocking when you take into account that rider deaths are actually down for 3 years in a row!
The State says they are doing a better job of promoting rider training and they say that car drivers are being more attentive to the presence of riders. The CHP came out last year with a set of guidelines that affirm that lane splitting is legal within certain parameters. A rider should not be traveling at more than 10 MPH over the prevailing speed and they should never lane split when traffic is moving at 30 MPH or more. The best part is that both the riders and the drivers are listening and the numbers bear that out!
The CHP also says that while many riders are considered to be thrill seekers they may need to evaluate their behavior. Slow downing, not tailgating and staying off their cell phone (hard to imagine riding or driving while using a phone) also contribute to decreased injuries while riding. At the end of the day this is all about keeping people safe.
If you or a loved one has been injured give The Law office of Guenard & Bozarth a call. We have worked with numerous injury victims and we can help you! Call us at 888-809-1075 or visit us at We Can Help!