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The 2 Gadgets You Need to Cycle Safer Today

More tools and gadgets may not make you a better cyclist, or better split-second decision making, but there is a myriad of tools to help increase your visibility to those with whom you share the road. It is important to remember that riding defensively on well-lit streets is always your best option for completing your ride accident free. In this post, I will highlight the usefulness of some gadgets you can use to alert drivers of your presence on the road.

The dangers of motorcycle crashes demand attention

Motorcycle accidents are often deadly. The ones that don't result in a fatality are likely going to result in a serious injury. The dangers of motorcycle crashes are the reason why motorcyclists and motorists alike must remain alert and focused when they drive.

We understand that motorcyclists who face serious injuries often have to deal with a complete life upheaval because of the crash. This can include having to spend time in the hospital or in a rehabilitation center. It might also include needing life-long care for their injuries. In all of these cases, the victim of the motorcycle crash is unlikely to be able to work.

What Does An Electric Harley-Davidson Sound Like?

Harley-Davidson seems to recognize the market and environmental shift to battery-powered transportation and on the way towards introducing electric vehicles to the public. In the past, Harley-Davidson has kept quiet on the details and goals of their electric fleet; now they seem to be more transparent. Over the next decade, they will unveil over 100 new bikes, along with a fleet of electric motorcycles to expand their market appeal. If you are wondering if their electric motorcycles will lose the distinct Harley Davidson sound, they have an answer for you. While it may not have that rhythmic sound of the classic cruiser, the sound will be similar to that of a jet fighter. The quality of the sound and feel of the bike they simply cannot ignore, as the feel of the ride is what defines the iconic American brand.

Avoiding motorcycle accidents in California

Motorcycles are cost-effective and a great shortcut through Los Angeles traffic. But they can be dangerous, and a motorcycle rider is far more likely than a car or truck driver to die in an accident.

Even minor incidents can result in serious injuries, broken bones or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Inattentive drivers are difficult to avoid, but there are a few types of motorcycle accidents that riders can try to avoid.

LA Named Most Congested City in the World

If you live or work in Los Angeles, congratulations: you commute through the most congested city in the world. According to the 2016 INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard, Los Angeles is now ranked #1 among the world's most congested cities, surpassing Moscow, which held the #1 rank in 2015. INRIX estimates that Angelenos spend an average of 104 hours a year stuck in traffic during peak commuting times. That is more time spent in traffic than in any other city in the world. More time, even, than in the bottom 30 cities combined. The reported number is up from what it was in 2015, and will likely only continue to rise as Los Angeles grows ever more populated. So, what does increasing traffic congestion mean for the state of commuting in the most congested city in the world?

Injured by police in a high-speed chase

This week police pulled over a cyclist in Rancho Cucamonga for a missing a license plate. The cyclist took off, police sped after him, reaching a speed of 110 mph. Police actually called the chase off because it was getting too dangerous.

Unfortunately -- the rider then crashed into a Toyota Corolla at the I-10 off ramp in Ontario. The cyclist died. 

Biking: Stay safe by knowing California's laws

Biking is a fun way to get around in California, but you need to know the laws to stay safe. For example, you know that you have a right to be on the roads, but how fast do you need to go? Do you have to ride in a bike lane?

When you're riding your bike, you can ride anywhere you want as long as you can keep up with traffic. If you can't, then you shouldn't be in the center of the lane but instead as far to the right in the lane as possible. You don't need to share your lane if it is too narrow to allow someone to pass, if you're approaching somewhere a right turn is allowed, if you're preparing for a left-hand turn or if you're avoiding hazards.

Wearable Airbags for Motorcyclists Popularity Is Rising

For the longest time, many considered it an impossibility to protect a motorcyclist beyond the typical body armor and helmet. As early as 1976, airbag vests have been a plausible means of additional safety for riders. However, it wasn't until professional riders started wearing these devices did their popularity begin to rise. When Marc Marquez crashed at 209.9 mph and walked away, many companies and people began to believe in their ability to significantly reduce injury. While no airbag will completely remove the possibility of injury from an accident, Honda studies have shown the effectiveness of properly positioned air bag systems for motorcycle riders. So where does this leave us with today's technology? 

What happens when a car collides with a bicycle?

When riding a bicycle in any setting, you know that you will be in close proximity to motor vehicles at most times. While there is nothing wrong with sharing the road with motorists, here's something to remember: an accident can happen at any point in time.

Here are some of the many causes of a collision between a car and bicycle:

The long-term impact of a spinal cord injury

A spinal cord injury can have lifelong consequences. Even if the injury does not result in paralysis, there is no denying the fact that you could end up with pain and suffering that changes your life forever.

As a motorcyclist, you know that any type of accident could cause an injury that changes your life. This is why you do whatever it takes to avoid trouble on the road.

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