Sharing the road is about more than just being aware of other cars and large vehicles. Motorcyclists are in constant danger of sustaining severe damage to their vehicles, or suffering great injury or possibly even death at the hands of drivers of larger vehicles who are unaware of motorcyclists and how vulnerable they can be on the road. Being mindful of some ways you can share the road with motorcyclists can help keep everyone safer and happier as we share the road together.
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.
According to officers with the California Highway Patrol, a two-vehicle crash on Highway 98 resulted in four deaths. The accident happened on March 26 around 12:05 a.m. near the highway's intersection with Ferrell Road.
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.
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.
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.