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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.

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 Koreatown bicyclists is struck, killed in a hit-and-run

A 30-something-year-old bicyclist was struck and killed while riding his bike in Los Angeles' Koreatown in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Oct. 25. The crash happened in the western portion of the city shortly before 2:00 a.m. The intersection of San Marino Street and Western Avenue remained closed for some time afterwards as police attempted to recreate the crash.

An alleged drunk driver strikes, kills a Santa Clarita Valley mom

An Oct. 6 drunk driving crash claimed the life of a young mother from Saugus. The crash occurred around 11:48 p.m., as the 37-year-old drove home from visiting her twin preemies in the neonatal intensive care unit at an area hospital.

Northridge Fatal Accident Reminder of Street Racing Dangers

Street racing culture in Southern California has always had a strong following. Popularized in movies such as the "Fast and Furious" franchise and various video games, the pervasive subculture has seen new life in social media. Drivers and fans alike use various social media channels to spread videos of vehicles racing as well as locations of races. Unfortunately, without proper safety measures, training and racetracks for drivers to show off their skillsets, fatalities occur far too often. Drivers, passengers, spectators and bystanders are put at risk during races.

A 4-car crash kills 1 on the Golden State Freeway

A motorist was killed in an early morning crash on the 5 Freeway where it intersects with State Road 170 on Friday, Sept. 15. The 3:00 a.m. Sun Valley accident involved four different vehicles, including one that belonged to the sheriff's department. It was carrying two inmates.

A 53-year-old man dies in a motorcycle crash on the 5 Freeway

A 53-year-old Lancaster, California, man lost his life in a motorcycle crash along the 5 Freeway in Los Angeles county in the early morning hours on Tuesday, Aug. 29. The Sylmar-area accident, which involved the decedent's motorcycle and a truck, was first reported to police at 4:24 a.m. that morning.

72-year-old woman sentenced in DUI death of toddler

A 72-year-old Los Angeles county woman was sentenced on Thursday, Aug. 10, to six years in prison. Earlier that day, she entered in a guilty plea on vehicular manslaughter charges at Los Angeles County's Airport Courthouse. She had been accused of striking a stroller carrying the 15-month-old son of a Swedish mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter while intoxicated at the wheel on Sept. 3, 2016.

When tires blow

Overall, tires do an excellent job of keeping cars on the road and rolling us forward. But they do have problems, and these problems can lead to serious injury and even death. They blow out violently. They deflate suddenly. The treads split. Bubbles erupt. They lose the battle against potholes, sharp objects and debris.

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