CHP tries to improve motorcycle safety

CHP tries to improve motorcycle safety

There are 5 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Jan 21, 2010, titled CHP tries to improve motorcycle safety. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

California. The California Highway Patrol will begin a two-year effort to reduce motorcycle-involved fatal collisions and injuries by 5 percent in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange and San Bernardino counties .

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Daily Breeze.


San Diego, CA

#1 Jan 21, 2010

United States

#2 Jan 22, 2010
With the increasing number of inexperienced or beginner motorcylists on the highways, combined with a high volume of automobiles driven by people who do not perceive the precence of motorcycles, is anyone surprised by the skyrocketing fatality rates. I applaud the CHP for their attempt at educating the automobile drivers to be more observant for motorcycles. In addition, I would like to see the news reports about serious or fatal motorcycle collisions include the type of helmet worn by the injured or killed. How many of these riders committed suicide by wearing non approved helmets?

Since: Oct 09

Location hidden

#3 Feb 13, 2010
Main article: Hurt Report
The only major work done on this subject in the USA is the Hurt Report, published in 1981 with data collected in Los Angeles and the surrounding rural areas.[6] There have been longstanding calls for a new safety study in the US, and Congress has provided the seed money for such a project, but as yet the remainder of the funding has not all been pledged.[7]

The Hurt Report concluded with a list of 55 findings, as well as several major recommendations for law enforcement and legislation. Among these, 75% of motorcycle accidents involved collision with another vehicle, usually a car. In the MAIDS report, the figure is 60%.

Other notable findings in the Hurt report (quoted below) were:[8]

* 75% of accidents were found to involve a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle, while the remaining 25% of accidents were single motorcycle accidents.
* "In the single vehicle accidents, motorcycle rider error was present as the accident precipitating factor in about two-thirds of the cases, with the typical error being a slide-out and fall due to overbraking or running wide on a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering."
* "Almost half of the fatal accidents show alcohol involvement" and "injury severity increases with speed, alcohol involvement and motorcycle size."
* In the multiple vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way and caused the accident in two-thirds of those accidents.
* The report's additional findings show that the wearing of appropriate gear, specifically, helmets and durable garment, mitigates crash injuries substantially.
* "Vehicle failure accounted for less than 3% of these motorcycle accidents, and most of those were single vehicle accidents where control was lost due to a puncture flat" and "Weather is not a factor in 98% of motorcycle accidents."
* "The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents...Conspicuity of the motorcycle is a critical factor in the multiple vehicle accidents, and accident involvement is significantly reduced by the use of motorcycle headlamps-on In daylight and the wearing of high visibility yellow, orange or bright red jackets."

Since: Oct 09

Location hidden

#4 Feb 13, 2010
* Motorcycle rider death rates increased among all rider age groups between 1998 and 2000
* Motorcycle rider deaths were nearly 30 times more than drivers of other vehicles
* Motorcycle riders aged below 40 are 36 times more likely to be killed than other vehicle operators of the same age.
* Motorcycle riders aged 40 years and over are around 20 times more likely to be killed than other drivers of that same age.[2]

According to 2005 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA, 4,008 motorcycle occupants were killed on United States roads in 2004, an 8% increase from 2003.[3]

During that same period, drivers of automobiles showed a 10% increase in fatalities, and cyclists showed an 8% increase in fatalities. Pedestrians also showed a 10% increase in fatalities. A total of 37,304 automobile occupants were killed on U.S. roads in 2004.[4]

Since: Oct 09

Location hidden

#5 Feb 13, 2010
Crotch rocket riders tend to be more risk taking. Cruiser riders tend to relax probably a tad too much and don't recognize the the tightness of a curve until too late. Cruiser riders are not as likely to pop wheelies, Stand on their seats, pop stoppies or run 100mph between cars and passing on corners. Crotch rocket riders have a more maneuverable bike (partly WHY they do these things) and are able to compensate for curve assessment errors.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Motorcycle Accidents Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Sikh motorcyclist challenges turban ban in Canada (Feb '08) Feb '18 paseri 25
News He's ridden the same Honda Gold Wing for a mill... (Sep '17) Feb '18 marac21 2
News Motorcyclist cartwheeled through air after bein... (Apr '16) Apr '16 Fred Steele 1
Accident (Jul '15) Jul '15 FredSanford 1
News Walker defends Wisconsin voter ID laws (Jun '15) Jun '15 Your Ex 141
motorcycle accident commack long island new york (Sep '14) Sep '14 norton123 1
News Top 10 Value-For-Money Hondas (Jun '14) Jun '14 Pankaj Parekh 1