California is a beautiful place and there are countless ways to get out of doors and enjoy the weather, especially in the San Francisco area.
During warmer months, motorcyclists often roll out on the roads to take advantage of the weather and cruise highways and interstates — who could blame them?
But, unfortunately, motorcyclists are at greater risk than other drivers on the road. Motorcycles are harder for other vehicles to see, and offer less protection to riders than cars do to drivers. Motorcycle riders run a far greater risk of injury and fatality from a traffic accident.
According to a report from the California Office of Traffic Safety, in 2008, 560 motorcyclists were killed in California.
Those numbers are staggering. But, in 2009 and 2010 the number of motorcycle fatalities fell to less than 400.
Does this mean that California has become a safer place to ride? Not quite.
In 2011, the number of fatal motorcycle accidents in California rose by 18 percent and has been rising ever since. There is no specific reason why, according to experts, but the recovering economy could be one of the reasons.
According to the article: “The majority of fatal crashes happen on weekends, during pleasure riding time, rather than weekdays during commute riding time.”
This means that more and more Californians are getting motorcycles for the sole reason of having more fun on the weekends. The upturn of the economy last year put a little extra jingle in everyone’s pockets, so buying a motorcycle for weekend outings didn’t seem like such a bad choice.
The rise in fatal accidents could be because there were more new riders out on the roads, who weren’t experienced bikers. As ridership increases in California, so does the risk.
Hopefully the increase in fatalities and injuries for motorcycle riders doesn’t continue to increase in the year 2014. The best way that this can be prevented is to be aware.
Drivers, be aware of the motorcycles that share the roadways with you: they are more difficult to see and are at greater risk. Motorcyclists should respect all traffic rules on the road, always wear a helmet, and put safety first.
If you live in the San Francisco area and have been injured in, or lost a loved one to, a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver please don’t hesitate to contact the Drake Law Firm for legal guidance.