According to the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHA), as of three years ago, nearly 42 million drivers with valid licenses in the United States were older than 64. As the baby boomer population continues to age, those numbers are likely to rise.
May 13 kicked off "National Bike to Work Week." While many urban areas encourage people to bike to work -- especially in places like California where the weather is generally good -- there are still tremendous safety hazards for cyclists.
A motorcycle officer with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) was struck and killed by a drunk driver on April 6. The incident occurred just before 4:30 p.m. as the CHP officer officer was traveling through Lake Elsinore on the 15 Freeway.
A report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2018 shows that 2017 was the worst year of the last 10 for motorcycle-involved fatal crashes in the United States. This had led many traffic safety analysts to try to figure out what has caused the uptick in fatal motorcycle deaths here in California and across the rest of the U.S.
During the last few weeks of winter, there have been some interesting weather patterns in southern California and other parts of the country. They've even brought unseasonably cold weather and snow to Los Angeles. This may have kept you from taking your motorcycle out for a joyride or from taking that cross-country trip that you've long been planning. If it has, then you'll want to thoroughly inspect your bike before you ride it again.
Crash prevention technology is something that comes as an optional feature on almost every new vehicle in the United States now. While many understand that it can greatly reduce car crashes, little is ever mentioned about its potential to curb bicycle accidents.
Whether it's because of their difference in size or some other factor, motorists tend to treat motorcyclists very differently from others out on the road with them. One time in which motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to getting hit and suffering severe injuries is when they make left turns.
A study recently published in the Social Science & Medicine journal by researchers at Florida Atlantic University's (FAU) captures how motorists who drive automobiles aren't the only ones who are positively impacted by the passing of distracted driving laws. Instead, they found that the passing of this type of legislation also seems to result in a decrease in motorcyclists' deaths as well.
The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) keeps track of the number of motor vehicle accidents that occur each year in the state, their causes as well as motorists' risk factors for becoming involved in them.
A 31-year-old Hesperia woman was taken into custody on Oct. 4 on manslaughter charges. Police believe that she is responsible for causing a 29-year-old motorcyclist's death that occurred at the intersection of Cottonwood Avenue and Main Street on Sept. 12 right before 7:50 p.m.