By any metric, motorcycles are a risky form of transportation. Those who ride them know that it takes great skill and even greater good fortune to avoid serious injury or death. This truth was born out tragically a few days ago when a motorcyclist and a bicyclist collided in North Oakland, killing the cyclist and […]read more
Lawmakers recently passed a bill that could make riding a motorcycle in California much safer than before. Motorcycle accident fatalities are rising in California, but, if approved, the proposed bill would make so-called lane splitting legal. Experts and riders seem to agree that lane splitting would increase the safety for both motorcyclists and the drivers […]read more
Riding a motorcycle can be a thrilling experience, but also an immensely dangerous one. Negligent drivers pose a serious threat to people on motorcycles by creating unsafe environments for their fellow drivers on the road. A recent fatal motorcycle accident exemplified just how devastating the results of a negligent driver can be. Around 2:15 a.m., […]read more
For California consumers, making informed purchasing decisions relies on access to public information to product safety. The Food and Drug Administration just made a decision that will make it easier for consumers to report defective e-cigarettes, a process that was previously more complicated. These new rules could also make it easier for injury victims to […]read more
California police departments often utilize both police cruisers and motorcycles in order to patrol streets and respond to emergency or criminal situations. Sadly, a recent motorcycle accident sent a police officer to the hospital. Authorities are currently still investigating the exact cause of the wreck, and no criminal charges have been filed yet. Shortly after […]read more
While the following story may be smaller in scale compared to other accidents and though it didn’t occur here in the Bay Area, there are still some important elements to the story to highlight. In this particular case, a motorcycle crashed in Riverside, California, slowing traffic on Highway 91. Though an ambulance was at the […]read more
While newspapers and television stations often report that lane splitting is neither legal nor illegal in California, they are not exactly right. Lane splitting — that is, driving between lanes of traffic or sharing a lane with another vehicle — is banned, but only for “[f]ully enclosed 3-wheeled motor vehicles of specified dimensions.” (Cal. Veh. […]read more
If you missed the Bay Area Motorcycle Show last weekend, there is still time to attend Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month events in other California cities. The California Highway Patrol and the state Office of Traffic Safety have begun their own awareness campaign, too, with the motto, “Survive the Ride.” California has more motorcycles on the […]read more
Motorcyclists can be found on just about any road across California. Unfortunately, there are still many people who fail to see these bikers and share the road responsibly with them. Too many motorcycle accidents are caused by motorists who simply fail to operate their own vehicle safety; but it is often the motorcyclist who pays […]read more
The California Highway Patrol has launched a year-long motorcycle safety campaign that officials hope will reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities around the state. In some communities, local law enforcement has teamed up with CHPS to run saturation patrols similar to the saturation patrols around holidays: Police will be out in force to […]read more
Part of the job of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, or AFHSC, is to keep track of illnesses and injuries suffered by members of the U.S. military. In a study just published in its peer-reviewed journal, the group noted an alarming new trend. Between 1999 and 2012, military service members were increasingly dying in […]read more
According to the child safety organization Safe Kids Worldwide, four out of every car seats are installed or used incorrectly. The problem is so common you might think these mistakes aren’t critical, but they can be. It is estimated that some 30,000 children are injured and almost 500 are killed in car accidents despite being […]read more
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