Last month on Thursday, December 20th, an SUV drove through a backyard wall and crashed into a hot tub in a home in Thousand Oaks, California after a multi-vehicle accident.
Lane splitting has been legal in California for about two years. Motorcycles are allowed to drive in between the spaces of cars and trucks on the road, without legal consequence.
Beginning June 22, 2018, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department initiated a Motorcycle safety operation designed to reduce motorcycle accident injuries and fatalities in Santa Clarita. In collisions with cars and trucks, motorcyclists find themselves vulnerable to forces greater than their own control. As such, officers will look for unsafe behavior that increases the likelihood of a collision. Data collected from accidents in California indicates there are several leading factors that lead to motorcycle accidents. Speeding impaired driving or riding as well as unsafe turning practices can lead to significant property damage or injury.
If you are riding up to Sacramento this fall and winter, you might want to stop in at the California Auto Museum, which is holding a tremendous exhibit titled "Live Free: California Motorcycle Culture."
As children get older and start to enter their teenage years, they want to start doing more adult things. For a lot of teens, this means learning to drive. But as you know, cars are expensive and not something most teens can afford without help from their parents. This forces teens to look towards more affordable options like motorized scooters.
December has been a quiet month so far with news outlets reporting few if any motorcycle accidents across the state. While this is good news, November was quite a bit different. Dozens of accidents occurred all across California with some resulting in injuries and some resulting in death.
Two teenagers were killed after a subcontractor for the California Department of Transportation lost control of a cement truck in the Cajon Pass on the 15 Freeway. The fatal accident around 11:30 p.m. on June 24 near the Highway 138 exit. According to the news source, the truck driver was leaving a construction site with wet cement when it did not stop at an intersection, which led to the crash.