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Motorcycle Death Statistics Released for California and the U.S.

According to a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 385 motorcycle riders died on California roads in 2009. Only two states had a higher motorcycle accident death toll. In the United States, 4,462 riders were killed that year. Nationwide, both the total number of deaths and the rate of deaths in relation…

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Should California ban hands-free cellphone use?

In 2008, the state of California banned drivers from making calls with handheld cellphones. Recently, researchers at the California Office of Traffic Safety conducted a study into the law’s effectiveness. The results were striking – while overall traffic deaths have fallen by 22 percent since the law was enacted, fatal accidents involving hand-held cellphones have…

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Top 5 tips for rainy weather driving safety

Once again, April showers have made their way to San Francisco. While the wet weather does wonders in bringing those May flowers to life, it can present safety risks for Bay Area drivers. Rainstorms, especially big ones, have the propensity to create slippery roads, low-visibility conditions and other hazards that could lead to San Francisco…

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NHTSA proposes new rules to curb distracted driving

Last year, more than 3,000 Americans were killed in distracted driving accidents. Much of the discussion around distracted driving car accidents has focused on the role of cellphones and other handheld devices. In response, many states have passed laws either banning or restricting the use of handheld mobile devices. California, for its part, prohibits texting…

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Top Ten Tips to Prevent California Motorcycle Accidents

With spring now upon us, many Bay Area motorcyclists will be dusting off their bikes and heading out on the open highway. However, after a winter away from the road, San Francisco motorcycle accidents are a real concern. Both riders and drivers could benefit from reviewing some helpful safety tips as the motorcycle season starts…

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A Step Toward Preventing Teen Driver Car Accidents: Smart Start

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) offers a Smart Start course for 15- to 19-year-olds and their parents as part of its mission to limit the number of new teen drivers involved in car accidents each year. Throughout the United States, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teens and young adults aged…

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