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.
A 49-year-old woman from Arroyo Grande was killed last month in October after driving her motorcycle off the road in Nipomo.
Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. Motorcyclists don't enjoy the protection of a shell around them as motorists do. Their smaller size is no match for larger and heavier cars and trucks. Their narrow profile makes it difficult for many drivers to see them as well. When motorcycle crashes are discussed, though, one risk factor that's rarely mentioned is the day of the week and time these crashes are most apt to occur.
One of the scariest occurrences that motorcyclists hope will never happen to them is for a motorist to make a left turn out in front of them. When this occurs, it often results in fatal consequences. There are proactive measures that motorcyclists can take to avoid these types of crashes, though.
California law requires that all motorists maintain auto liability insurance. Despite this, many do not maintain this necessary coverage. This is why many motorists take out added uninsured (UM) or underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage.
Oftentimes, when a driver strikes a motorcyclist, one of the first comments that the motorist will make when questioned by police about what occurred is that they didn't see the biker before crashing into them. If you're wondering how this could be possible, then there are some valid explanations.
Ethan Dolan from the popular YouTube channel, Dolan Twins, was involved in a motorcycle accident. While Ethan has explained that he is "completely fine," he was hospitalized over the weekend of August 4. Following the accident, Ethan tweeted, "Not riding again, don't worry I'm very much over it." The Dolan Twins have 6.1 million subscribers and Ethan has more than 7 million followers on Instagram. In a photo his brother tweeted out, Ethan appeared to have minor bruising and large cut on his left hand.
As a child, you probably remember your parents telling you to put a helmet on before you took off on your bike. They likely told you that in hopes that it would protect you from a brain or head injury if you were involved in a crash. If it was important enough for you to wear it to go biking on city streets, then it's just as important for a motorcyclist to wear one when driving at tiptop speeds on California's freeways.