In the automobile industry, there has been a lot of hype in recent years about hybrids and plug-in electric cars.
Motorcycles aren't equipped with seatbelts, airbags and other safety devices that protect passengers of automobiles. That means when accidents occur, there is very little defending motorcyclists from the other vehicle or the pavement.
Two teenagers recently were involved in a single-vehicle accident in California when their motorcycle collided with a tree. The driver of the bike died, while his passenger suffered injuries. This motorcycle accident naturally can leave the parents engulfed in grief and desperate for answers regarding the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.
Motorcycles are a popular mode of transportation in California, likely because it is less-expensive than driving a vehicle and the riding season lasts year-round in much of the state. In fact, there are more than 1.3 million licensed motorcycle riders in California.
Hitting the open road on a motorcycle is a pastime that many Californians enjoy. Not only that, but some people prefer to use their motorcycles as a primary mode of transportation. Of course, every rider in California likely knows that helmets are mandatory.
Any given road in California might be used by more than just four-wheeled motor vehicles. Beyond cars, pickup trucks and SUVs, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians also use the road. No matter the mode of transportation, everyone on the road owes a duty of caution to others.
This year, California residents have experienced warm winter weather -- even by traditional standards. For many people, this has provided a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in ways they might not otherwise during winter months. Namely, motorcyclists have certainly been able to take advantage of the particularly mild temperatures.
A motorcycle accident can change one's life in an instant. Motorcyclists must take extreme care for their own safety, and for the safety of anyone who happens to be riding with them. When a California motorcycle accident occurs due to a motorcyclist's failure to follow the law or because he or she was drunk, victims can seek financial restitution under the law.
Motorcycles and motorcyclists sometimes get a bad rep across the country. When many California residents think of a motorcyclist, they consider them reckless and the primary cause of a motorcycle accident. However, this is a false assumption. Whether you are driving a car, truck or motorcycle, you are expected to drive safely and pay attention to the road and your surroundings. When a driver is driving recklessly and not paying attention, innocent people can be injured or killed.
In a recent accident, a car swerved across the road, striking three motorcycles. The result was the death of one motorcyclist and three others injured. The driver, a 19-year-old from Palmdale, California, was driving with a complete disregard for safety, according to CHP. The motorcyclist who lost his life was a 58-year-old man from Oxnard. Among the injured was a 41-year-old man from Westlake Village and a 60-year-old and 55-year-old -- both from Moorpark.