The California Highway Patrol (CHP) offers a motorcycle safety training course. The safety program is mandatory for drivers under 21, but it is recommended for everyone who rides motorcycles. Motorcycles experience a disproportionate number of fatalities about their numbers on the road. Good practices and prudent safety is the best way to ensure that you stay safe on the roads and avoid becoming another statistic.
In a time when it seems that every state in the country is emphasizing motorcycle safety rules for both the cyclists and other motorists, California seems to have taken a step in the other direction.
The speed at which an accident involving a motorcycle occurs, combined with the fact that the motorcyclist has no barrier between him or her and another car on the road, can produce fatal consequences for a motorcyclist. This was the tragic situation for a young man in California, who as a result of a motorcycle accident, lost his life.
A safety-conscious motorcycle rider may regularly inspect his or her bike and keep it well-maintained, because the rider knows that a properly functioning bike is a safe bike. When it comes time to get on the vehicle, a safe driver may don leather clothing to guard against road rash. Then, the individual will put a helmet on his or her head to help reduce the chance of suffering a brain injury. While on the road, this driver will obey every traffic law.