In 2012, there were about 8.5 million motorcycles on the road, and there were 4,986 fatalities resulting from motorcycle crashes. This number went down in 2013 to 4,668, which represents a 6.4 percent decrease from 2012 to 2013. In addition, there were 88,000 injuries to those on a motorcycle, which is a 5.4 percent reduction from 2012.
A 27-year-old California man is trying to rebuild his life after an accident last month near a state park in Felton. The motorcyclist suffered a severely damaged leg in the crash.
On Sept. 6, a Southern California police officer was killed in a traffic accident in Torrance, authorities reported. The police officer, an 18-month veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, was not on duty at the time of the fatal crash. The officer had been driving a personal motorcycle, a Yamaha R6, south on Western Avenue when he collided with a Kia Optima at the 234th Street intersection, according to authorities.
California roads are some of the busiest in the country. Some have described the roads as a concrete jungle of overpasses and underpasses. With the sheer volume of traffic that is on them every day of the year, it is inevitable that some collisions occur. This can be particularly problematic if the respective weights of the vehicles colliding have a significant disparity, with one being much heavier and one being much lighter. This held true in the case of a recent motorcycle accident.
A 43-year-old Ceres man lost his life last month while riding his 2006 Harley Davidson near Westley. The fatal motorcycle accident occurred on a Wednesday afternoon at approximately 2:15 p.m.
An off-duty police officer in California was killed while he was riding his motorcycle on May 1 on Highway 91 in Corona. The motorcycle accident occurred when a sedan clipped the man's Harley-Davidson while changing lanes on that road. The 30-year-old victim had been with the San Bernadino Police Department for eight years, and he became a motorcycle officer just a few months ago.
A California man has been arrested in a drunk driving accident that left a U.S. Marine dead. The victim, a 23-year-old man from Union City, had reportedly returned from Afghanistan just weeks before the March 25 motorcycle accident. He was thrown from his motorcycle by a motorist who was reportedly attempting to flee from police officers.
Vehicular accidents can be complex. There may be damage to the vehicles involved, and maybe to surrounding property, as well as injuries to those in the vehicles and also to pedestrians. The fault for many cases can seem clear, while in other cases it gets complicated. The latter is true in a motorcycle accident case in California.
With the amount of traffic on Arizona roads, all vehicles should exercise caution at all times and be aware of their surroundings. Collisions can potentially occur at any moment, resulting in injuries or even fatalities. A particular danger arises when a collision is between two vehicles of significantly different weight, since the impact on the lighter one can be extreme. This factor was involved in a recent motorcycle accident in which a deputy suffered injuries.
Traffic accidents can happen for a wide array of reasons. They can occur due to the condition of a driver, such as tiredness or driving under the influence of alcohol. They can also occur due to the time of day, when conditions are different from what a driver expects. This appears to be the case in a set of recent motorcycle accident tragedies, both in San Diego County, California.