Many California residents choose motorcycles as a form of transportation because of convenience, maneuverability, gas efficiency, and fun. However, anyone who reads the news will frequently come across reports of motorcycle accidents, many involving fatalities or catastrophic injuries, on nearly a daily basis. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation recently released its latest report on motorcycles and traffic safety facts. The report analyzes data from 2011, the most recent data available.
Any accident that occurs on the roadways of California can result in serious injuries. It may not be surprising that the smaller the vehicle and the less protection it provides to passengers the more likely it is that there will be catastrophic injuries when that vehicle is involved in an accident. A good example of a vehicle fitting these qualifications is a motorcycle.
It is likely that most residents of California would agree that motorcycles are no match for a passenger vehicle or anything larger. The size of a motorcycle makes it prone to a motorcycle accident for a few different reasons. First of all, the vehicle is small so sometimes the drivers of other larger vehicles with which a motorcyclist is sharing the road don't see a motorcycle until it's too late. Second, a motorcycle does not offer much protection so when these accidents do happen the motorcyclist is the most likely candidate to suffer catastrophic injuries.
Summer is finally upon us, and as school is out and more people are enjoying fun summer activities such as beach days and vacations, there is also the potential that more motorcycles will be traveling the roadways of California. Although motorcycles provide a source of entertainment and enjoyment for their riders, they can also present dangers that are not as likely when residents travel in a passenger vehicle.
As readers of this blog are aware, motorcycle accidents can potentially have a devastating impact on those that are involved. A motorcycle crash need not always involve a motorcycle and an automobile. In one recent incident, a motorcycle accident occurred between a motorcycle and another motorcycle.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a death occurs every 12 to 15 minutes due to a crash involving an SUV, motorcycle or truck. The roadways of Los Angeles can, at times, be very dangerous, and some of these fatal accidents occur right here in California. One particular accident that occurred on December 27 left a motorcyclist dead.
Accidents happen all the time on the roadways of California. Depending upon the type of vehicles involved, some of these accidents may have more devastating effects than others. For example, a motorcycle accident is very likely to end with at least one individual suffering catastrophic injuries. That was the unfortunate outcome of an accident that recently occurred in California, involving two motorcycles and a passenger vehicle.
As previous posts have discussed, motorcycles are no match for the other vehicles with which they share the roadways. As a result, passengers on motorcycles are usually the most severely injured after the occurrence of a motorcycle accident. Therefore, these accidents can be particularly tragic causing catastrophic injuries. However, a fatal motorcycle crash that recently occurred in California had a particularly tragic outcome due to the age of one of the passengers.
With the summer in full swing, many people are planning vacations with their loved ones. Sometimes people will fly to their holiday destinations while others choose to drive. It is probably less common but some people will head out to a vacation spot by motorcycle. This is exactly what a man, his sister and his nephew were doing when the trip suddenly turned tragic as a result of a motorcycle accident.
Past postings in this blog have discussed the potential for fatal and catastrophic injuries when a motorcycle and another type of vehicle collide. The occurrence of fatal motorcycle accidents in California has led to discussions about how to proactively prevent these types of accidents from continuing to occur. One specific suggestion has led to some controversy and heated debate throughout the state.