Motorcycle riders learn about riding in May with National Motorcycle Awareness Month, because this is when authorities warn motorcycle riders of the dangers, remind them there are courses that can be taken and ask drivers to take notice of motorcycles on the road. This is an important month in which the rider is warned and the drivers of autos of the amount and type of accidents that happen.
These agencies include the California Highway Patrol that released the 2009 motorcycle accident statistics that show there were 396 people killed during that year in motorcycle accidents and in these crashes 383 of the riders killed were the operator of the motorcycle. The amount of motorcycle injuries due to crashes totaled 11,488 in the state of California. This means that riders injured in San Diego were included in these figures. The number of riders killed in motorcycle crashes was down from prior years, with 553 people killed in 2008 and 474 people killed in 2007.
Motorcycle riders learn about riding in May with National Motorcycle Awareness Month and the fact that the amount of motorcycles registered total about 3 percent nationwide, yet they equal about fifteen percent of all traffic fatalities. It is also reported that brain injuries are the leading type of injury and ones that also cause death or severe injuries.
The three agencies that are involved in National Motorcycle Awareness month, the California Highway Patrol, the American Motorcycle Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration agree that many motorcycle crashes could be avoided if drivers were more alert. The statistics show that approximately 80 percent of motorcycle crashes result in the rider being injured or killed, which is compared with only 20 percent of drivers. This shows that motorcycle riders are more vulnerable than the driver of a vehicle and the only real protection that the motorcycle rider has is their helmet that meets DOT specifications.
These are important things for motorcycle riders to know about and they should also be aware of the fact that when involved in a motorcycle accident in San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Monica or any other city in California or nationwide. It is important to be represented by an experienced motorcycle accident attorne that will be able to hold the negligent driver accountable for their actions on the road that cause the rider to be injured.