A new bill signed into law by Gov. Schwarzenegger last week and taking effect January 1st will permit Californians to share their personal cars in carsharing pools without risking the loss of their personal auto insurance coverage. The new law aims to make clear that personal vehicle sharing does not constitute a commercial use of the vehicle. The law also aims to make sure that the individual car owner is not held liable for losses that arise when the vehicle is used for personal vehicle sharing.
A local California police officer was critically injured while on duty last Thursday afternoon. The officer was riding his motorcycle down Redondo Beach Boulevard at 7:10 a.m. when the driver of a silver Chevrolet Astrovan entered the intersection in front of him. The officer’s motorcycle collided with the right passenger side of the vehicle, shattering glass and throwing him 30 feet into the air.
CNN reports that a 62-year old owner and creator of the Segway brand electronic scooter died this past Sunday when the scooter he was riding swerved off of an English countryside cliff and into the River Wharfe. He had been testing a new all-terrain version of the two-wheeled recreational vehicle with a group of British investors when the fatal Segway injury occurred.
During the morning commute on September 29, 2010, a motorcyclist was injured on the Bay Bridge in a collision involving a motorist. A CHP spokesperson said that there were injuries involved, but according to early reports the motorcyclist was seen standing up after the crash. We hope that both the motorcyclist and the driver of the vehicle involved sustained no serious injuries.
A 33-year-old motorcyclist identified as Eric Dewayne Tyler, Sr., 33, of Adelanto, California, was killed this weekend after being run over by a big-rig and several other vehicles along Interstate 15 in Victorville late Saturday night.
Government officials announced at the second summit on distracted driving held by the Department of Transportation earlier this month that surveys indicated a decline in the use of cell phones while driving, the Associated Press reported. The success is partially attributed to recent legislation enacted in several states banning texting while driving or the use of any handheld mobile device. Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia have enacted legislation that addresses distracted driving in an attempt to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities resulting from car accidents.
We are in an era when technological advancements continue to occur exponentially. Safety and security in people’s lives has always been a major concern, and a significant amount of time and energy is spent researching new safety technology especially when it comes to preventing automobile related accidents according to an ABC news report. New software in cars alerts drivers who are backing up if there is an object in the way, installed video cameras allow the driver to see into blind spots and cars have even become equipped with the ability to parallel park on their own.
We have talked about the fact that fewer people died in California motorcycle accidents during 2009. But California also had a significant drop in the number of people killed in all traffic accidents.
560 people lost their lives in California motorcycle accidents in 2008. Distracted drivers, unsafe road conditions and many other factors led to these deaths, but the fact remains that California needed to make driving a motorcycle safer in the state. The 2009 traffic statistics revealed good news.
During a highly-publicized bike summit held on August 16 in downtown Los Angeles, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called for a mandatory bicycle helmet law for all bicyclists across the state. The law would require helmets on bicyclists of all ages, and would be in addition to the law requiring helmets on juvenile riders, which is already in effect.