A San Luis Obispo County man recently died in a serious motorcycle accident. Authorities say that the 48-year-old Paso Robles man collided with a Mazda on Highway 229 near Santa Margarita.
May is Motorcycle safety awareness month, and as the weather warms up you can expect to see more motorcycles, scooters, and bicycles on the road.
As part of our campaign to raise awareness we’ll be posting motorcycle safety facts and figures throughout the week.
A recent survey from the California Office of Traffic Safety indicates that many motorcyclists feel unsafe when lane-splitting, the practice of moving between slow-moving cars. At least 30 percent of the OTS survey respondents reported feeling concerned about being involved in a motorcycle accident because of a driver failing to check their mirrors or driving while distracted.
A 32-year-old bicyclist was injured in an accident with a shuttle bus when the bus failed to yield to the bicycle rider, and instead ran over the victim. The bicyclist’s pelvis was fractured in several places as a result of being run over by the bus.
A Monday evening accident in Berkeley has claimed the life of an 18-year-old skateboarder. Police say the young man was riding his skateboard in the street shortly after 7:00 p.m., when he was struck by a Prius on Marin Avenue. The Berkeley resident reportedly attended school in El Cerrito, a community that has been shaken by two fatal accidents in just three days.
California pedestrians are at serious risk of being involved in an accident, according to a recently released report by the Transportation by America coalition. The nationwide study ranked California 16th in the nation for pedestrian danger.
A San Francisco area motorcyclist was killed late last week in a domino-effect motorcycle accident which also involved a Toyota Corolla, A Honda CRV, and a big rig truck. California Highway Patrol investigators believe that the series of crashes involving all four vehicles are related to one another, and resulted in this tragic fatality.
Unfortunately, victims of a motorcycle accident often suffer severe and debilitating injuries. Since motorcycle riders are less protected during collisions it is all too common for victims to seriously damage their spine or head, which can lead to paralysis and even death. Of course, the other driver involved in the accident could also sustain grave injuries, meaning that motorcycle accidents do harm to everyone involved.
San Francisco streets are gaining national notoriety as a dangerous place for pedestrians and bikers. Yet, reports indicate that one of the city’s intersections is more dangerous than others: the crossing between Market Street and Octavia Boulevard. Using its new bicycle accident tracking technology, the Bay Citizen determined that this intersection has witnessed more bike accidents than any other in the city during the past two years.
Our previous two posts have concerned a new automobile industry innovation called BrainDriver. BrainDriver-the collaborative invention of a San Francisco technology company and a team of German researchers-allows a driver to fully operate a car using only their mind. We’ve discussed how the device works and the potential benefits it could provide for victims of paralysis or amputations, but many people believe that this exciting innovation could also prove quite dangerous.