If you frequently ride motorcycles, or notice them on the roadway as a motorist, you may wonder how common motorcycle injuries and deaths are. Motorcycle accident-related fatalities doubled from 1999 to 2008. During the same period of time, deaths from motor vehicles accidents declined, reaching an all-time low in 2008. Motorcycle accident injuries can be extensive which is why it is important for motorcyclists who have been wrongfully harmed in a motorcycle accident to understand the options available to help with damages.
A recent post on this blog discussed how a California Highway Patrol officer was injured in a motorcycle crash on a state highway. Due to their small sizes and the rapid rates of speed at which they can travel, motorcycles can sometimes be difficult vehicles for other drivers to see on public roads. In some cases, an automobile driver's failure to yield to a motorcycle may not be intentional and may result from an oversight.
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.
The identity of a motorcyclist who was tragically killed in a recent fatal motorcycle crash has finally been determined. The 56-year-old man was killed in the motorcycle crash that occurred on a Friday morning when he was struck head-on by 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.