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Risk of injury or death higher in motorcycle accidents

People in California have a variety of different options for transportation, some that come with more risk than others. Unfortunately, those involved in motorcycle accidents could face a higher risk of injury or death when compared to those riding in a traditional passenger vehicle. Knowing their legal rights can help motorcyclists and their families appropriately respond to the aftermath of such an accident.

Unfortunately, the statistics involving motorcycle accidents are not optimistic. When such an accident involves another motor vehicle, the other motorist is likely to have caused the accident by violating the motorcyclist's right of way in a majority of the incidents. Additionally, motorcyclists are significantly more likely to die in an accident than someone in a more traditional motor vehicle. While the number of driver and passenger fatalities in certain passenger vehicles and light trucks has fallen over the last two decades, it has doubled for motorcyclists.

Bicycle accidents: Fatigue factor in fatal California crash

Most drivers in California are aware of many actions that could potentially result in a serious accident. As a result, they avoid drinking before driving and make an attempt to obey all traffic laws, for example. Unfortunately, some people may overlook the potential harm that driving while fatigued can cause, especially when doing so results in bicycle accidents.

A recent crash on a California highway is said to illustrate the dangers of driving while fatigued. Officers with the California Highway Patrol claim that the 67-year-old female driver of a van fell asleep at the wheel. As a result, the eastbound vehicle drifted into the bike lane, striking a 58-year-old cyclist headed in the same direction.

Learn about the latest motorcycle safety innovations

If you are a motorcycle rider, you understand that safety is a paramount concern. Fortunately, designers and manufacturers understand that, too.

Here are six interesting innovations in both motorcycle wearing apparel and in the motorcycles themselves to help you stay safe on the road.

California motorcycle accidents: Rider struck by SUV, injured

There are many dangers that motorcyclists inherently face. Often, riders are aware of these dangers, such as that their smaller size may make them more difficult to see, and can take appropriate action in response. However, some actions of other drivers in California roadways are difficult to anticipate, making it impossible to avoid some motorcycle accidents.

Unfortunately, a recent accident reportedly sent a motorcyclist to the hospital, according to the California Highway Patrol. Witnesses to the accident report that a sports utility vehicle was headed north in the fast lane of a highway. The driver reportedly veered into the two-way turn lane, causing the southbound motorcyclist to take action to avoid a conclusion.

What to do after California motorcycle accidents

Many people who are involved in a motor vehicle accident in California are often unsure how to respond in the aftermath. Often, victims suffer serious injuries that require a lengthy recovery, especially in the case of bicycle and motorcycle accidents. Fortunately, the experienced professionals at A.G. Assanti & Associates, PC are familiar with these type of accidents and can help victims understand their rights and options.

Following an accident, there are certain steps that could potentially help in the future. Often, accident victims chose to pursue legal action against the parties deemed responsible. The first step is to contact police.

Accident survivor cautions other motorcycle riders

A motorcycle accident is a traumatic event, as one survivor can tell you. On an otherwise quiet spring day in 2015, this rider was involved in a head-on crash on a mountain road.

You may feel perfectly safe and at ease in an area where there are very few vehicles on the road, but the accident survivor warns that as a motorcycle rider, you must always be aware.

Alcohol suspected factor in fatal accident in California

There are a variety of different organizations that go to great lengths to notify the general public about the potential ramifications of drinking and driving. Despite these efforts, there are drivers in California who continue to get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of alcohol. In fact, police believe that the driver of a sports utility vehicle involved in a fatal accident was under the influence.

The incident happened during a weekend in late March. According to reports, the driver of an SUV was attempting to make a left turn into a shopping center parking lot. Unfortunately, police say that the SUV struck a motorcycle while making the turn.

Factors in California motorcycle accidents

In many parts of California, the climate is perfect for motorcyclists year round. Unfortunately, there are often dangers that motorcyclists face that users of more traditional motor vehicles do not. In fact, it's no secret that the majority of motorcycle accidents result in serious injury.

In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a large majority of motorcycle crashes -- 80 percent -- result in a fatality or serious injury. Motorcycles have many advantages due to their maneuverability, ability to swerve and stop quickly. However, their small size means they are more difficult to see and less stable than traditional vehicles with four wheels. They also lack roofs, door beams, seat belts and air bags -- devices that protect those traveling in a car, truck or van.

Negligence on our roadways spells trouble for motorcyclists

Highway hazards are not always obvious, and you may come upon a dangerous situation without warning.

As a motorcycle rider, you can never drop your guard. Negligence that results in unsafe conditions is the cause of many motorcycle crashes, and a wreck does not have to involve another vehicle.

California motorcycle accidents: Arrest made following crash

One of the first things that people in California discover when they are learning to drive is that there are set speed limits. Even though it is easy for some people to ignore these limits, they are in place in an attempt to avoid an accident that could have serious consequences, including causing motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, two people were recently severely injured in an incident police say involved a speeding motorcyclist.

The incident reportedly happened at approximately 4 a.m. on a day in early March. According to reports, a police officer noticed a motorcycle with a driver and passenger, apparently speeding. The officer reportedly began following the vehicle in an attempt to initiate a stop, but it is said to have reached speeds as high as 100 mph.

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