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Avoiding a motorcycle accident in California

Because of the climate in California, motorcyclists often take to the roads year-round. However, some officials warn that as the weather gets even warmer, even more motorcyclists could be on the roadway. Unfortunately, an increase in riders can lead to an increase in accidents. The director of the Office of Traffic Safety as well as a representative from the California Highway Patrol have issued advice on how to avoid a motorcycle accident and protect the safety of all the users of the state's roadways.

Statistics provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles indicate that California has approximately 1.4 million motorcyclists with licenses as well as 884,000 registered motorcycles. While there was a decrease in the number of fatalities between 2015 and 2016 -- 476 killed in 2016 versus 500 in 2015 -- approximately 500 more were injured in 2016. The California Highway Patrol hopes to prevent injuries and fatalities this year.

Officials urge motorcyclists to take certain safety measures such as following the speed limit, not driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and wearing safety gear such as a helmet. However, even the safest motorcyclist cannot avoid the actions of an inattentive driver. CHP claims that most accidents involving motorcycles and other vehicles are caused by drivers who did not see the motorcycle. As a result, CHP advises drivers to leave plenty of space between them and motorcycles and to always be alert.

Unfortunately, lives are lost or significantly altered every year in California by negligent drivers. Following a motorcycle accident, many families are left trying to pick up the pieces after a loved one suffered severe injuries or passed away. To help cope with the financial impact of another person's actions, victims often choose to file a civil lawsuit. If negligence can be proved, victims -- including surviving family members in the event of a fatality -- could receive a financial reward to help them cope with the ramifications of such an accident.

Source:, "Warmer weather brings out bikers", Caitlin Trude, June 7, 2017

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