Placerville Receives Safety Grant
Placerville Receives Safety Grant – City Council members of Placerville announced on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, that the city has received funds from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The grant, awarded by way of the National Highway Traffic Administration, released $50,000 to the Placerville Police Department (PPD) to increase safety on their city’s roadways. According to officials, the money will be used for several safety operations, including conducting DUI and license checkpoints, specialized patrols to reduce distracted driving, community educational programs, and motorcycle safety enforcement. The grant will be used during a cycle beginning on October 1, 2018, and ending on September 30, 2019.
Common Motorcycle Accident Factors in Placerville
Out of the 439 traumatic car accidents that happened in Placerville between the beginning of 2006 and the end of 2017, 31 (about seven percent) involved a motorcycle. These 31 motorcycle accidents were, on average, much more serious than crashes in general and had a mortality rate of around four times that of non-motorcycle collisions.
While avoiding an accident isn’t always possible, motorcyclists in the area should know what factors commonly lead to motorcycle crashes. The top collision factors for motorcycle accidents in Placerville are:
- Speeding – Driving at unsafe speeds was the number one cause of deadly motorcycle collisions in the city, accounting for almost half of the crashes in question.
- Right-of-Way – The second most dangerous factor was violating another vehicle’s right of way and accounted for nearly 13 percent.
- Wrong-Way Driving – Motorists driving on the wrong side of the road caused about ten percent of these accidents.
- Improper Turning – Making unsafe turns also accounted for about ten percent.
Police patrols and safety efforts can help increase roadway safety for motorcyclists, but it is important to make sure that you are doing everything you can on your own to avoid a crash. Some of the key ways that motorcyclists can make sure they stay safe on the road include:
- Staying Visible – One of the most important things for motorcyclists to do is to make sure that they are easily seen by other motorists. Ways to increase visibility include wearing bright clothing, making sure that your lights are bright and working properly, and driving predictably.
- Driving defensively – Motorcyclists should always practice defensive driving. This includes slowing down at intersections, keeping out of vehicle blind spots, and trying to stay in the left-hand side of your lane. To learn more valuable defensive driving techniques, it is a good idea to take a class offered by your local DMV office.
- Vehicle Maintenance – Sometimes, a motorcycle part breaks or doesn’t work the way it should. You can reduce the chances of your motorcycle malfunctioning on the road by testing it out in a safe environment and doing regular maintenance.
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Placerville Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
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