California is home to over 1.2 million licensed motorcycle drivers, but with the increase each year of injuries and deaths, the California Highway Patrol, CHP, declared May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. According to the CHP website, their primary mission is to prevent loss of life and injury to all motorists. With so many deaths and injuries occurring on motorcycles, their main focus is to get all drivers trained in the proper use of their vehicles. Last year in California there were 13,252 motorcycle injuries and 586 deaths.
Since 2004, the three top California counties that motorcyclists have been killed in are Los Angles, San Diego and Orange County/Riverside. Statewide motorcycle drivers represent 9.4% of all traffic fatalities, but account for only about 2% of the vehicles on the road. Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in an accident according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
One of the most important pieces of equipment that a motorcycle driver can have is good helmet. Although not all states require helmet use, California state laws are quite clear that is mandatory. There are two main types of helmets; the three-quarter coverage or full face type of gear. The most important consideration when you purchase a helmet is that it meets U.S. Department Transportation (DOT) and state safety standards.
Last week a Huntington Beach motorcyclist was killed in a tragic collision. David Houck was riding his motorcycle and didn’t slow down in time and hit the back of SUV. He was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered major upper body injuries. However, the CHP said he would have survived the crash if he had been wearing a Department of Transportation-approved helmet.
For the latest Helmet Test Data, visit and search on helmet test data. On their website, brands and models are identified and whether they passed or failed the analysis.
In addition to good protective gear, a good safety course such as the CHP’s California Motorcyclist Safety Program, (CMSP). There are two levels of training; both beginning and advanced. There are 124 locations throughout California and the cost is only $250. A few hours of training could just save your life.
By increasing awareness, the use proper equipment and good education, California roads can be shared by both motorcycles and vehicle alike. Drivers of all types of vehicles have a shared responsibility to keep our highways safe.
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