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Motorcycle Accidents Archives

New Bill seeks to recognize lane splitting

California is often considered to be at the cutting edge of progressive legislation, and is often among the first states to formally recognize or legalize practices long before the rest of the country catches up. The practice of motorcyclists engaging in lane splitting is only the latest to receive the Golden State's official treatment. State assembly members recently passed legislation giving the California Highway Patrol the power to formally determine how motorists may safely and legally practice lane splitting.

Courts, laws and apps: 3 steps to reduce distracted driving

Distracted driving is dangerous. Taking your eyes of the road to quickly check a text or update a post online can lead to a tragic accident. This concept is no surprise. What is new news is the fact that courts, lawmakers and producers of applications on smartphones are taking steps to help reduce the risk of these accidents.

Safety tips for motorcyclists

Motorcycle riders in California should know about the common causes of motorcycle accidents. The behavior of other vehicle drivers is sometimes a cause. A car might turn left in front of a rider or change lanes into the motorcyclist. In the former case, an accident can be prevented simply by keeping tabs on what is happening in the road ahead. The latter can be avoided by staying aware of a vehicle's blind spots and situations that might cause an abrupt lane change.

May 2015 is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

More motorcycles are registered in California than any other state, and a May 2015 initiative by the California Highway Patrol and the Office of Traffic Safety aims to increase safety for those who choose to ride. Motorcycles make up only a tiny fraction of the vehicles on the nation's roads, but motorcycle riders and passengers accounted for 14 percent of all road fatalities in 2013.

Motorcyclist killed by hit-and-run driver

The California Highway Patrol reported that a hit-and-run driver was responsible for the death of a motorcyclist on April 2. At around 5:50 p.m., a 53-year-old man was struck by an SUV while he was riding his motorcycle along southbound Highway 101 in San Mateo. A witness to the accident said that the SUV driver stopped for a moment and got out of the vehicle before driving off.

Woman taken into custody for DUI in California

A 26-year-old motorcyclist collided with a Honda at just before 10 p.m. on July 6 while going west on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard at Santo Road in Tierrasanta. As as result of the accident, the man reportedly suffered an open fracture on his leg. While the injury was considered serious, there was no information provided regarding where or how he was treated.

Santa Monica motorcycle accident claims life of 64-year-old man

The mild year-round temperatures coupled with the beautiful scenery of the Santa Monica area make it popular among motorcycle enthusiasts. However, the curving and treacherous roads in the area also make it a dangerous area for both motorcyclists and other drivers. A 64-year-old man was recently killed when he was hit by a car near Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road.

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