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.
As a motorcyclist, you likely enjoy the freedom that comes with getting out on the open road. While aesthetics and performance are likely to motivate you to buy one motorcycle over another, there are safety features that certain motorcycles have that you should be on the lookout for when you head out to shop for one as well.
Popular mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Sean Strickland faces a long recovery after he was struck by a motorist as he was riding his motorcycle in Los Angeles on the evening on Dec. 15. He was heading back to his area home from a workout at King's MMA when the crash occurred.
Researchers at both the University of Miami and Florida Atlantic University (FAU) published a study in the academic journal Social Science & Medicine this week that captures the importance of distracted driving laws in curbing fatal motorcycle accidents.
If you thought that learning to drive a car was difficult, then mastering riding a motorcycle can be even harder. That's one reason why you see so few motorcycles out on the road during inclement weather. Riding a motorcycle is most dangerous when there's rain on the roads.
You feel fairly safe when you go out on your motorcycle. You have been riding for years, after all, and you know how to take the proper precautions.