If you live in the Napa California region, and you drive a motorcycle, you will want to observe extra caution on Saturday, as the Napa Police Department is cracking down on motorcyclists who fail to observe the rules of the road. The Napa area has been a hotbed for motorcycle-related injuries and fatalities, so on Saturday, the police force will be performing an exhaustive motorcycle enforcement operation.
What does that mean for you? Extra police will be on duty, specifically to observe the behaviors of cyclists while patrolling the areas where motorcycle incidents most commonly occur. Officers will strictly enforce all laws and cite any motorcyclists who are caught speeding, making unsafe maneuvers or failing to observe traffic signs. Drivers may also be cited for failing to wear helmets or for failing to possess a proper motorcycle license.
Motorcycle-related fatalities are a serious problem in California. The number of fatalities rose by 175 percent between 1998 and 2008, according to the Times Herald Online. While rates have declined slightly since 2008, California is still one of the top three states for motorcycle-related fatalities, and Napa is no stranger to these statistics. In 2010 alone, Napa saw 17 serious motorcycle injuries and fatalities.
The Napa Police Department urges people to undergo motorcycle safety training, always observe the laws and watch out for other motorcyclists. The California Motorcyclist Safety Program offers training for inexperienced riders as well as for experienced riders who want to brush up on the fundamentals on motorcycle safety.
So if you do plan on roaring through the streets of Napa on Saturday, just remember to observe the rules of the road and be safe. This is sound advice for any bike ride, because you never know when the unexpected will happen. It only takes a split second for your life to change forever.
According to collision data, the most common causes for motorcycle injuries and fatalities include unsafe turns, speeding, drug and alcoholic impairment, and simple inexperience. But even if you are the most responsible driver in the world, there is always the possibility that you may become the victim of a motorcycle accident completely outside of your control.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Napa or anywhere in California, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Motorcycle accidents happen every day, and you need a motorcycle attorney who understands all aspects of the law, and of motorcycle riding, inside and out. Do not hesitate another minute.
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