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How Motorcyclists Can Help Keep California Roadways Safer for Everyone

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San Jose motorcycle accident lawyerWhen we hear about motorcycle accidents on the roadways, the news often revolves around other drivers and how they are at fault for collisions with motorcyclists. While it is true that drivers must exercise special caution when operating vehicles around motorcyclists, those riding motorcycles can have just as much of an impact on highway safety. We all share the roadways, and we all have a part to play.

What You Can Do as a Motorcyclist

The California Highway Patrol reports that Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System data has shown a continual increase in motorcycle fatalities since 2011. The CHP’s motorcycle safety program exists to help equip riders with the education, skills, and tools they need to take responsibility for their part on the roads as they operate and interact with other drivers. 

New and experienced riders alike are strongly encouraged to participate in the program, which consists of a 15 hour training course that includes 5 hours of classroom instruction and 10 hours of actual riding time. Although the program is mandatory for anyone under the age of 21, the CHP also strongly recommends that drivers over the age of 21 take the course, particularly if they are looking to obtain a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license.

Along with participating in this program, here are some other ways you can help keep California roadways safer for your fellow motorcyclists and everyone you share the highway with:

  • Stay alert to potential blind spots with other vehicles. This is especially important with large trucks;
  • When riding, always assume that people driving cars do not see you;
  • Never speed. Speed is a factor in most motorcycle collisions that result in serious injury or fatality;
  • Familiarize yourself with California’s helmet law, the statistics surrounding the law, and its benefits;
  • Avoid distracted driving, even when at stop lights or at a complete stop; and
  • Stay alert to changing weather and road conditions, and ride accordingly.

Keeping California roadways safe as a motorcyclist is a matter of common sense, courtesy, and practicing proper riding skills. You can make a difference and enjoy the open road at the same time. Should you find yourself in the unfortunate event of a motorcycle collision, do not hesitate to speak with a competent Santa Clara County personal injury attorney to make sure your rights are protected. Call the Law Office of John J. Garvey, III at 408-293-7777 for a free consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://www.chp.ca.gov/Programs-Services/Programs/California-Motorcyclist-Safety

https://www.chp.ca.gov/programs-services/programs/california-motorcyclist-safety/california-motorcyclist-training

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