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Why are motorcyclists 50 and over most likely to die in a crash?

Recent data, compiled by the National Institute for Highway Safety, shows that currently, at least 35 percent of all motorcyclists who die in crashes are at least age 50 or over. This is a significant shift from the same data compiled in 1975.

Back then, 80 percent of motorcyclists who died were age 29 or under. The most recently compiled data also suggests that at least 91 percent of all motorcyclists who die in motorcycle crashes are men.

What are ways in which you can help yourself avoid a bike crash?

While using your bicycle to get around may be the best option if you live in a high traffic-area and want to maneuver through traffic quickly, it's not known as the safest method of transportation. Bicyclists may be difficult for most motorists to see, especially at night. Oftentimes, motorists think they have the right of way over them, even if they're really supposed to be sharing the road with them instead.

Research shows that most bicyclists are injured when struck by drivers opening their car doors right in front of them or by motorists that fail to keep a safe distance from them.

2 Los Angeles brothers die after being struck by a patrol car

A deputy sheriff, dispatched to an emergency call, struck another car before crashing into several others on both the sidewalk and in the crosswalk on Nov. 18. The accident seriously injured several of the pedestrians and resulted in the deaths of two boys.

A spokesperson with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported that the deputy was traveling to check up on reports of that an individual had been shot elsewhere in the area when the crash occurred.

Features to look for in a motorcycle to increase its safety

Motorcycles have been a popular transportation option for decades. First, they can be less expensive to purchase than cars. Second, they allow motorcyclists to experience both the thrill of taking to the road and being in the great outdoors like no other.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that they're not the safest mode of transportation though. Instead, they've found that motorcyclists are as much as 27 times more likely to lose their lives than another other type of vehicle operator. They note that one of the first steps to reducing their crash risk is to carefully select their bike.

Nanny Saves Child in Pedestrian Accident

While the child was uninjured in the pedestrian accident that occurred earlier this year, Caroline Maurer, the care taker, broke bones in her hands, wrists and arms. A driver made a left turn through a four way stop sign after failing to stop at the crosswalk. While the nanny pushing her stroller yelled stop, the driver failed to notice the pair before colliding in the pedestrian crossing. As Maurer recounted the accident, she explains, "Fox was strapped in and I couldn't get him out." The 2 year old was strapped in his stroller at the time of the accident and Maurer could not free the child due to the injuries she sustained to her hands and wrists. The paramedics on scene told the parents that Maurer had saved the child's life by placing herself between the stroller and the oncoming vehicle.

Not good: The latest stats on motorcycle accidents

New motorcycle accident statistics have been released by the Insurance Information Institute (III). The numbers, mostly from 2015, were compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The numbers are most discouraging.

Ways to avoid a bike accident on Los Angeles streets

The City of Los Angeles has released some guidelines as part of their LADOT Bike Program that they have determined could greatly reduce the incidence rate of bike crashes among area residents.

First, they note that it's always recommended that bicyclists wear both reflective clothing and a helmet when planning to take to the road.

23 Year Old Cyclist Killed on PCH in Hit and Run Accident

Kazumasa Nozaki was killed in a hit and run collision near the Annenberg Community Beach House on PCH around 7 p.m, October 15. According to the Santa Monica Police Department, the driver who struck Nozaki left the scene of the accident, then later returned where he then questioned. Regarding what led to the death of the 23 year cyclist, Lt. Saul Rodriguez of Santa Monica PD stated, "A preliminary investigation revealed the bicyclist was riding his bicycle northbound along PCH. The involved vehicle was traveling northbound along PCH and struck the bicyclist from the rear. The driver is cooperating with the investigation and there have been no preliminary indications the driver was impaired." The accident happened after sundown so the cyclist may have not been easily seen prior to the fatal collision.

A 13-year-old's parents sue Caltrans, Metro Bus for her death

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, Oct. 23 against a Metro Bus driver, her employer, and Caltrans. In the filing, a 13-year-old Redondo Beach girl's parents allege that negligence on behalf of each of the defendants resulted in her bicycle accident death.

The lawsuit chronicles how the young teen had been out riding her bike along her friend during the early evening hours on May 5. She had been riding eastbound along Knob Hill Avenue when she arrived at its intersection with the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).

Studies show bike helmets significantly reduce injuries and death

A recent study, published in the American Journal of Surgery, suggests that bike helmets can prevent the most profound type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) by at least one half. Helmet-wearing bicyclists experience significantly fewer broken bones to their faces and fewer fatal injuries than their non-helmet-wearing counterparts as well.

While researchers point out that wearing a helmet won't prevent a bicyclist from getting involved in an accident, it may result in he or she suffering only minor injuries. They note that is the same logic that applies to motorists who use seat belts versus those who don't.

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