Riders all across California will likely be enjoying some time on the open road this holiday weekend, whether they are just running errands, heading to a Fourth of July party or cruising around town. However, it can be crucial to remember that during holiday weekends, especially during summer months, there can be a marked increase in the number of other motorists out on the road as well.
Motorcyclists are at a distinct disadvantage in an accident, as the riders are relatively unprotected and their vehicles are so much smaller than the cars or trucks that are also involved in these crashes. When we read news stories about motorcycle accidents in California, we often read that they are catastrophic and fatal. Tragically, riders who are hit and killed by reckless or negligent motorists often do not survive these collisions.
There are all kinds of people who ride motorcycles, from people who wear leather to people who wear police uniforms. Riding a motorcycle can be a very functional and fun way to get around California, but there may be an increased risk of getting into an accident.
The injuries that victims suffer in any type of motor vehicle accident can be quite serious. Broken bones, spinal cord injuries and brain trauma can be very real consequences of getting hit by a car. With prompt medical attention, it is possible for victims to recover from an accident by limiting the damage suffered. However, not all victims get this type of care immediately after a crash because the only person who can help them and call for help has fled the scene of an accident.
A collision between two motor vehicles can result in varying degrees of damage and injuries, depending on a driver's speed and the size and safety features of a vehicle. In general, larger cars can do more damage but may protect the driver and passengers inside more effectively. But there are some vehicles that are always at a distinct disadvantage in any type of accident.
The size difference between a motorcycle and just about every other vehicle on the road is fairly dramatic. Cars, pickup trucks, vans and semi trucks are all much larger than a motorcycle and this means that in a collision, a motorcyclist will often be the person to suffer the most severe injuries.
For many years, there have been marketing and education efforts launched to raise awareness of sharing the road with motorcycles. Drivers are reminded to look out for motorcycles and give them plenty of space. However, too many drivers still have not gotten these messages and continue to make dangerous decisions behind the wheel which can jeopardize the safety of a rider.
A police officer from Chula Vista, California was thrown from his motorcycle and injured when a teen driver who was texting behind the wheel rear-ended another vehicle, causing it to collide with the officer's motorcycle. The officer was leading an instructional ride for other officers who ride motorcycles and had a group of 10 other people with him at the time of the crash.