Even though autumn is upon us, it is never too late to think about motorcycle safety. Yes, more motorcycle riders are on the roads in the summertime, but with California’s temperate climate, they can be seen at any time of the year. It is important for both motorcyclists and passenger/commercial vehicle operators to be aware of the inherent dangers of sharing the road and for each to take steps to avoid accidents whenever possible.
The year 2009 saw a marked decrease in the number of motorcyclist fatalities for the first time since 1997, but there were still nearly 5,000 deaths around the country and many thousands of injuries. Given the fact that motorcycle riders are nearly 40 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than other motor vehicle occupants, and nearly 10 times more likely to be injured, safety must remain at the forefront.