In the past three years, there have been 288 fatal or injurious motorcycle accidents within the jurisdiction of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Moreover, California has seen a dramatic rise in motorcycle fatalities since 2010, which had a decade-low of 352 statewide.
Law enforcement in Orange County is emphasizing the importance of safety on the part of drivers and riders alike, and recently the OCSD conducted a Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation.
Extra officers were on duty on June 26, patrolling areas where motorcycle traffic tends to be higher and where accidents frequently occur. It was emphasized that officers would continue to be on the lookout for violations by drivers and riders.
According to California collision data, the leading causes of motorcycle accidents are speeding, unsafe turning and alcohol impairment on the part of riders and drivers alike.
Tips for Riders
- Try to match your speed with that of the surrounding traffic.
- Always wear a helmet that is compliant with DOT safety standards.
- Ride with your lights on during daylight hours.
- Use your lane position to make yourself more visible; only change lanes when there is plenty of room.
- In general, see and be seen.
Tips for Drivers
- Look twice for motorcycles, especially when pulling onto the roadway, changing lanes or turning.
- Remember that motorcyclists are allowed in the HOV lanes unless signage indicates otherwise.
- In general, share the road.
Get help from an attorney who also has extensive experience riding motorcycles.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, be sure to explore your available options for maximizing your compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other costs resulting from the crash. For more on these matters, please see our motorcycle accident overview. Our firm was founded by an avid motorcyclist.