There are many unique obstacles that face motorcyclists. In addition to their decreased visibility because of their size, they also have fewer physical barriers to protect them from injuries, often causing serious injuries when motorcycle accidents occur. Recently, these obstacles came face-to-face with new and developing technology when a cyclist in California claims that he was struck by a self-driving vehicle.
A new California law scheduled to become effective in February 2018 overturns an old law related to undocumented workers and the damages they could recover in matters involving personal injury.
There are multiple laws and other safety measures in place in an attempt to prevent motor vehicle accidents, including speed limits and traffic lights. While failing to stop at a red light may seem to some as a relatively minor traffic infraction, doing so can often have tragic consequences. In fact, when doing so causes motorcycle accidents, the results can often be fatal. Police in California are currently investigating a recent crash that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist.
Southern California is famous for its wonderful weather, and that draws cyclists in droves. However, statistics show that there has been an upswing in bicycle/vehicle fatalities, even as the number of injuries has dropped.
There are a variety of people who choose a motorcycle to help them move around California. However, some statistics indicate that motorcycle accidents happen in a disproportionately high number. Startlingly, many of the accidents happen because other drivers claim that they looked, but did not see, a motorcycle in the area.
A psychological study by a professor at Texas Tech University finds that there may be a link between a common type of motorcycle accident and the brain’s ability to judge distances.
There are a variety of different ways to safely and legally navigate California roadways. In fact, because of the state's climate, there are options that are attractive year round that may not be prudent in other states, including the use of motorcycles and bicycles. Despite the laws that are in place to protect cyclists, bicycle accidents can still happen, potentially resulting in serious harm.