For a minute, it seemed like motorcycle safety was on everyone's mind in California. The lane-splitting bill - that has now been put on hold until the next legislative session - had both motorcyclists and non-motorcyclists, arguing about the possible new law.
When a motorcycle collides with another vehicle - whether it is a car or truck - the injuries suffered by the motorcyclist are usually the most severe. One of the factors that makes riding a motorcycle so enjoyable - having few barriers between you and the rest of the world - also makes it particularly hazardous.
Harley-Davidson is a name synonymous with quality, powerful motorcycles. The brand has spent decades building its reputation and now appears to be considering a different angle: environmentalist. Although the company's latest production efforts of an electronic motorcycle arguably produce a very powerful, very fast bike, the environmental benefits of an electronic bike are also a bonus.
A man was recently killed in a tragic motorcycle accident near Palomar Mountain, California. The man, who lived in Oceanside, died at the scene after his bike collided with a car that made a left hand turn in front of him. California Highway Patrol officers are still investigating the crash, looking into whether anyone involved was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the collision.
A motorcyclists recently suffered serious injuries to his legs after a hit and run accident in Temecula. A report by The Press Enterprise notes a woman was arrested shortly after the crash on suspicion of a felony hit and run. According to the article, the driver struck the motorcycle while making a turn in an intersection. The vehicle stopped briefly after the crash before leaving the scene.
Recent research is being analyzed to help get a better understanding of the common causes of motorcycle accidents. The timing is fitting, since May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. The research, out of Texas Tech University, notes that motorcycle accidents are often unconnected to the rider's ability. Instead of being caused by careless riding, poor decision making or an inability to properly control the bike, many accidents are connected to basic physics.
It's a rare thing when the media follows up on a motor vehicle accident. Even when the crash involves fatalities and multiple vehicles, and significant questions linger about possible causes of the crash, the last thing we typically hear reported is that an investigation is underway.
Driver distraction is getting to be one of the biggest concerns related to traffic safety. So many accidents happen because the driver of a vehicle has his or her mind on things other than the task at hand. The result can be that someone is seriously hurt or killed. Pain and suffering can only follow.
The loved ones of 37-year-old Darin Steffey say they are seeking justice for his unnecessary and untimely death. They say they got a start on that score last week when a judge ordered the woman accused of killing him to stand trial for gross vehicular manslaughter.
If you happened to be riding your motorcycle in El Cajon last Friday you might have been taken by surprise by stepped up police scrutiny of your activities. Authorities insist it was all for a good cause -- reducing the number of deaths and injuries due to negligence in motorcycle accidents.