Authorities say that a 22-year-old man was killed when a Nissan Pathfinder turned left into the path of his motorcycle at about 8:20 p.m. on July 17. The crash took place 3400 block of Santa Maria Way in Orcutt when the motorcycle traveling westbound collided with the vehicle.
There are a number of myths about motorcycle safety that cyclists in California should be familiar with. For example, leather is not just for fashion. It helps prevent scrapes and cuts in an accident. That full-faced helmets restrict visibility is another myth. The Department of Transportation requires all such helmets to be constructed so that peripheral vision is unaffected. Furthermore, unlike open-face helmets, they protect from bugs, weather and other distractions that may also be impediments to safety.
On April 5, the California Highway Patrol reported a fatal motorcycle accident in Walnut Creek. The crash took place near the North Main Street off-ramp on Interstate 680 shortly before 12:41 p.m. A motorcyclist was ejected from a motorcycle and thrown from one side of the highway to the other after colliding with a vehicle.
California music fans may be interested to learn that rapper Fetty Wap was injured in a motorcycle crash in New Jersey on Sept. 26, according to media reports. Word of the accident first spread through eyewitness accounts posted on Twitter.
If you're like most motorcyclists, you've probably been told to take special care at intersections, because drivers often don't notice motorcycles when they make turns. Another hazard is following or being followed by passenger vehicles, because drivers often don't understand how quickly bikes can stop -- or they themselves stop on a dime without any warning.
Most Californians are well aware of Google's project to develop fully autonomous vehicles. While many universities and private companies are working on perfecting the technology of self-driving cars, Google's efforts are especially noticeable, as their vehicles have already logged more than 1 million miles of test driving, most of which were on California roads.
At the beginning of the month, we wrote that May is Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month across California. With all the traffic congestion and year-round warm weather we experience here in the Golden State, motorcycle safety needs to be an even higher priority here than in other parts of the country.
If you didn't get your safety-awareness fill in April during Distracted Driving Awareness Month, you're in for some good news. All across California, May has been designated Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
Riding a motorcycle has its perks, including good gas mileage and the feeling of freedom as you cruise down the highway. But there are also significant risks that motorcyclists face. Among the most serious hazards motorcyclists face are negligent and inattentive drivers.
Highways 74 and 243 in the Coachella Valley are known for being dangerous.