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What should bicyclists due to reduce their risk of a crash?

Although it may be time intensive to do so, bicycle safety experts recommend inspecting your bike before you decide to head out on it. Doing so may keep your risk of human error or bike failure quite low.

One of the first things you will want to check on your bike is the brake system. Perhaps the easiest way to do this is by squeezing the brake levers to see how responsive they are. If they're overstretched or frayed, then you'll notice that they don't seem as tight as they typically would be.

California Motorcycle Helmet Laws and Safety

The California state law requires all motorcycle drivers and passengers to wear helmets. The Department of Transportation has approved helmet types that drivers and passengers should wear. DOT-approved helmets will be the most effective in preventing fatal head injuries in the event of an accident. Look to see if a helmet is suitable, and make sure it is approved before purchasing.

A Lancaster man dies in a motorcycle crash along the 118 Freeway

A 50-year-old Lancaster man lost his life while riding his motorcycle along Granada Hills' 118 Freeway early in the morning on Friday, March 2. The man is believed to have died instantly when his bike crashed into the rear of a disabled vehicle. He was driving along the Ronald Reagan Freeway just before the Balboa Boulevard exit.

By interviewing witnesses at the crash scene, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers were able to determine that the driver of an Acura RSX passenger car had been driving in the far left lane when he'd been struck by another motorist.

Los Angeles City Council votes to better maintain bike lanes

During 2017, the City of Los Angeles spent just under $19 million as settlements to several bicyclists who had either been previously killed or seriously injured while riding their bikes down any number of the city's decrepit streets. This payout amount was at least four times the amount of any prior year.

With a growing number of injury or wrongful death lawsuits being filed in recent years, on Tuesday, Feb. 20, the Los Angeles City Council decided to come up with a plan to inspect area roadways for potential repairs. This vote comes at a time when a reported 19 percent of the bike lanes in the city have received grades of either D or F.

Motorists' brains are slow to process the presence of bicyclists

When it comes to motorists crashing into bicyclists, more often than not, they'll say that they never saw the person on the bike coming or riding next to them. While it may seem like a simple go-to excuse for anyone to use, science appears to lend credence to that statement.

Depending on when a bicyclist enters a motorist's field of vision, it may take a while for their brains to process having seen him or her. Research that has been done into this matter would seem to support the fact that it may take as long as two seconds for a motorist to both register a bicyclist's presence and steer clear or it.

Just how dangerous are potholes for motorcyclists?

Potholes may come off as annoying to most car drivers and even cause them to lose temporary control of their vehicles. For motorcyclists, though, they can be particularly dangerous.

Motorcycles weigh far less than cars.They also only have the two wheels, one in front of another. They lack safety features that enclosed vehicles have, whether we're talking about airbags or reinforced frames. Without these, it makes it difficult for motorcyclists to protect themselves from becoming severely injured or dying if they strike a pothole.

A biker is struck, killed by a suspected drunk driver in Torrance

A 57-year-old motorcyclist was struck and killed by a driver who was apparently driving his pickup truck in the wrong direction down the 405 Freeway right before 3 a.m., on Sunday morning, Feb. 4. The fatal crash occurred in one of the highway's southbound lanes right between the Crenshaw and Artesia Boulevard exits in Torrance.

Firefighters from Torrance were among the first emergency responders to arrive at the crash scene. As they approached the scene, they noticed both car and motorcycle parts strewn about the freeway for some 200 yards. As they reached the area where both the pickup driver and motorcyclist had collided, they worked quickly to put out the fire that had ignited from the impact.

Bicycle helmets prevent serious injuries and death

There are a number of different excuses people may give for not wanting to wear a helmet when they take to the road on their all terrain vehicles, skates, motorcycles, scooters or bicycles. Many fear that helmets will leave them with "hat hair" or that they'll be too hot. Others say they're uncomfortable or that they're not necessary for heading out on such a short trip.

Most doctors, who work with brain injury patients, note that none of these are valid reasons to leave a helmet behind, though.

Why do motorcycle crashes occur and how many die in them yearly?

We're all aware that motorcyclists are at significantly more risk of becoming involved in a potentially fatal crash than their automobile-driving counterparts. What many lack an understanding of, though, is why.

It mostly has to do with motorcyclists having little to no protection between themselves, other motorists and the road. There's no wonder why so many motorcyclists who become involved in crashes suffer pretty serious injuries or die.

How do I avoid being rear-ended while riding my motorcycle?

If you think about rear-end car crashes, the likelihood of your car sustaining significant damage or you suffering debilitating injuries increases the faster the speed at which you were struck.

With few safety features to protect the motorcyclist or the bike, if a motorcycle is struck from the rear, then it's likely that it will be totaled and that you'll suffer serious serious injures. That's why it's important for motorcyclists to take extra precautions to avoid being struck from behind.

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