Monday, November 8 to Sunday, November 14, 2010 has been declared Drowsy Driving Prevention Week by the National Sleep Foundation who launched a public awareness program to educate people about driver fatigue and help to reduce the number of automobile and motorcycle accidents caused by sleepy drivers across the nation.
Driving an automobile on a clear day requires attention, spatial awareness, knowledge of driving regulations, obedience of driving laws and trust in the other drivers that share the road. Although many people claim that driving has become like a second instinct the longer that they have their license, it is still a dangerous task. A vehicle can become a deadly weapon when it is used improperly and causing a car accident.
So often people are inundated with the warning that when a motorcycle is involved in an accident with a larger vehicle, the injuries are usually life-threatening for the motorcyclist and minor for the auto driver and passengers, but it is still the truth. Accidents involving a motorcycle more often than not result in serious bodily injury or even the death of the motorcyclist.
Police responded to a 911 call late Tuesday evening about a motorcycle accident that occurred at some point in time shortly before the call. From what is currently known by police, there were no witnesses to the accident besides the victims involved. According to police reports, several drivers reported seeing a motorcycle stranded in between the lanes of the roadway with the motorcycle positioned in a way that suggested a motorcycle accident had possibly occurred. The callers had reported passing the downed motorcycle at approximately 7:37 in the evening and that the driver was not visible in the surrounding area.
Representatives of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation traveled across the North Atlantic Ocean to attend the 8th International Motorcycle Conference in Cologne, Germany and hosted by Germany’s Institute for Motorcycle Safety. Motorcyclists in California and across the world are seriously injured in motorcycle accidents on a daily basis. Manufacturers and developers in the recent past have focused safety research on technological improvements that could be implemented on motorcycles, but safety experts who spoke at the conference said that the human element should not be eliminated.
Earlier this month, a man stole a van and attempted to flee from law enforcement officials. 43-year-old officer Patrick Bower had attempted to stop the suspect when the suspect deliberately ran into him. Bower had been riding an official motorcycle making him even more vulnerable to injuries. When the driver of the van ran into the officer, he was dragged across two lanes on Warm Springs Road in Fremont, California. The officer was eventually pinned against a light pole where he sustained serious injuries.
Futuristic movies where robots replace humans by doing things like driving cars do not seem so futuristic after all. Google, commonly known for their internet search engine, has developed robot cars that would replace human drivers and, researchers hope, human error. Google claims that by switching from human drivers to robot cars, the 2.1 million fatalities caused per year by car accidents could be reduced.
Car accidents can quickly become expensive once you tally up the price you will have to pay to fix your car, the medical bills that you may receive from treatment for injuries caused in the accident and any damage that the accident may have caused to light poles or traffic barriers. San Francisco has added one more charge to the tab, a fee charged for motor vehicle accident cleanup.
A study done by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that African-American victims were 1.5 times more likely to die from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident even though they were 30 percent more likely to be wearing helmets.
A bicyclist was killed yesterday evening, October 7th, in a collision with a Muni bus. The accident occurred at around 5PM at the corner of 6th and Clement in the Richmond district. The Muni bus involved was the 44 O’Shaughnessy. The bicyclist, declared dead at the scene, was described as a white male, age 25 to 30. The SFPD say he has not yet been identified.