In honor of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is urging motorists to use caution and remember to share the road in order to reduce the potential for a serious motorcycle accident.
Safety studies show that motorcyclists have a significantly higher risk of being involved in an accident during the first year after they receive their license, with the majority of accidents occurring in the first month.
In an effort to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents occurring each year, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office has initiated a new program to promote awareness and safety among drivers.
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has released preliminary statistics regarding fatal motorcycle accidents in 2010.
According to SantaMariaTimes.com, California motorcycle accident deaths dropped by 10 percent in 2010. Additionally, California motorcycle accident fatalities dropped to 394 in 2009 from 560 in 2008, the first decrease since 1998. Experts point to the California helmet law as a possible reason for fewer deaths.