Passenger cars have come equipped with airbags and other safety features for several decades now. The introduction of innovative features that would keep motorcyclists safer has been lacking though. On August 1, that all changed. On that day, a Seattle company introduced an inflatable safety vest that they hope will make motorcycle riding safer than it's previously been before.
When you drive the streets here in Los Angeles, you probably see many motorcyclists along your path. Bikers tend to treat each other as if they belong to some type of brotherhood. They often tap their helmets to signal to each other that they're coming up on a police officer, so they'll know not to drive less recklessly. Some bikers have recently decided to stop giving others courtesy warnings though.
Data compiled by the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) shows that approximately 450,000 people who have suffered spinal cord injuries (SCI) live in the United States. As many as 11,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. Individuals affected by SCIs experience a variety of symptoms depending on the placement and severity of their injuries.
There's nothing like taking your motorcycle for a spin on a warm, sunny California day. Now that spring is winding down, and summer starts in a few weeks, you're probably strategizing about where to go on your next road trip. There are some considerations that you'll want to keep in mind as you transition from riding your bike in the spring and into the summer.
On Saturday, April 27th at about 9:35am, a motorcyclist was killed in a crash that took place on Sepulveda Boulevard near Kent Avenue. The motorcyclist was identified on Wednesday, May 1st as Matthew Izzo, age 31.
A motorcycle officer with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) was seriously injured after being struck by a motorist operating a sports utility vehicle (SUV) near the University of Southern California (USC) on April 30. The incident occurred near the intersection of Figueroa Street and Exposition Boulevard just before 8:45 a.m.
Many motorcyclists are scared to ride their bikes at night. They fear the dark because it diminishes their visual acuity. This makes it harder for them to navigate curves and corners or to spot road hazards. The darkness also tends to bring out nocturnal animals and drunk drivers. While riding your bike in the dark is dangerous, there are steps that you can take to keep yourself safe.
Many California teens are motivated to take to the road on a motorcycle for much the same reasons adults are. They appreciate the freedom that riding alone on a motorcycle without the shell of a car affords them. Since teens have far less experience on the road, they're at an increased risk of getting hurt out on the road. There are steps that they can take to reduce their risk of getting injured, however.
While every motorist has to take a driver's exam before they're given their California motorcycle license, few motorcyclists take an in-depth classroom-style course before getting those licenses. Research suggests that if they did, there would be far fewer motorcycle accidents in Los Angeles and other parts of the state.
Many states, including California, require that all motorcyclists wear helmets. Many tend to develop a false sense of security by wearing them. They sometimes tend to operate their motorcycles more recklessly than they should, thinking that their helmet will protect them if they're involved in any serious crash. Few understand how vulnerable they are to suffering some of the most life-altering types of injuries.