Lancaster Station Has Seen Significant Increase in Motorcycle Fatal Collisions




Lancaster, Calif. - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Lancaster Sheriff's Station

has seen a significant increase in motorcycle fatal collisions this year to date, compared to

previous years. "Six motorcyclists have lost their lives in just over a month" stated Traffic

Sergeant Michael Politano.

Although the cause of these collisions is still being investigated, the top primary crash factors

for motorcycles are unsafe speed, improper turning, right-of-way violations, driving under the

influence and unsafe lane changes. Speeding is the most common, accounting for nearly a

third of all crashes in the state.

To help protect you and your family, keep the following tips in mind while driving or riding:

Drivers

Drive at safe speed so you have time to perceive and react to other motorists.

Always check twice for motorcycles in your mirrors and blind spots.

Use your signal when changing lanes.

Never follow a motorcycle too closely. Always keep a safe distance.

When at an intersection, allow enough space before turning.

Motorcyclists

Drive at safe speed so you have time to perceive and react to other motorists.

Always wear a DOT compliant helmet and protective gear.

Consider adding reflective tape to make it easier for other drivers to see you.

Always keep your lights on, even during the day.

Don't assume drivers see you: signal well in advance before changing lanes and

watch for turning vehicles.

Although lane splitting is legal, the practice is not encouraged at high speeds in free-

flowing traffic.

If you have any information regarding these fatal collisions or have questions, please contact

the Lancaster Station Traffic Office at 661-948-8466