When you think of a GPS unit, most people would say that they are made for cars, for turn to turn directions. Rarely do people purchase them for their recreational bicycles, but the story of one professional cyclist may change their minds.
As we have mentioned over and over again, many accidents involving motorcycles often lead to serious injury or even death. Motorcycles are harder to see in traffic and do not provide a lot of protection when they are involved in a motorcycle accident. Crashes are often caused by the drivers of larger automobiles who fail to notice a motorcycle when they are driving on a roadway or turning a corner, but motorcycle crashes are also often caused by inexperienced cyclists.
In part one of this series, a new device was explained that could possibly aid people paralyzed in some accident like a motorcycle accident, either partially or completely, once again walk. The new electronic neural bridge was presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting that was held approximately two weeks ago, but the research presented has critics wondering just how real the possibility is that the device could make people walk again.
We talked last week how helmets can help protect the brain from serious injury during an accident, but traumatic brain injuries are not the only injury caused. Spinal cord injuries often occur in motorcycle accidents when the driver is thrown from the small vehicle. While a helmet may protect the brain, it does not protect the neck, and motorcycle accidents can be a major cause of partial or complete paralysis.
The National Transportation Safety Board has its own list of most wanted criminals. The criminals are not people, but safety improvements or laws that they think should be implemented to prevent serious injury or death.
Mandatory helmet use has been added to the most wanted list as researchers are finding more and more serious brain injuries caused by motorcycle accidents or bicycle accidents where the driver was not wearing a helmet.
When a driver fails to pay attention or drives in a hurry, there is no one more vulnerable than a pedestrian walking alongside the street. A pedestrian generally does not have the time to jump free of an oncoming vehicle or protect themselves from injury when they are struck by pounds of metal. Police across California have begun to focus on reducing the number of pedestrian accidents that occur annually across the state.
Picking the first car your teenager is going to drive is important. Many parents make sure that it is strong and sturdy, some look for ones with the latest safety features and other parents think about the well known fact that teenagers are more likely to get into car accidents than other, more experienced drivers. One common assumption made by parents and teens alike is that trucks are safer than smaller automobiles. However, a study conducted by a university professor and two of his students seems to suggest otherwise.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation announced the promotion of Robert Gladden, an advocate of motorcycle safety and a life-long motorcycle enthusiast, to Vice President of the foundation. Gladden will hold the safety of California motorists in his hands as he has been given the task of overseeing the people who manage the California Motorcyclist Safety Program designed to help institute safety programs with the goal of reducing serious injuries and fatalities caused by motorcycle accidents.
Time and time again, drivers are warned about paying close attention to the road that they share with motorcycles. Motorcycles are small, elusive vehicles that can easily be missed, hidden in the blind spots of other, larger vehicles and accidents involving motorcycles have a higher rate of causing serious injury or death.
CHP report that this morning at approximately 9:00 a.m. a motorcyclist collided with a van in the southbound lanes of Highway 101 just north of the Mendocino Avenue overpass. According to police, the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Initial reports are still coming in, so no determination has yet been made as to the cause of the accident, or whether there is comparative fault on behalf of the rider and the driver of the van. What is known is that in two thirds of all multiple vehicle motorcycle accidents, the accident occurred as a result of the other vehicle violating the motorcyclist right of way. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victim in this incident.