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Sharing the road with motorcycles

If you are like many American drivers, you may make a habit to move over or avoid driving behind motorcycles whenever possible. Many drivers feel nervous when they see motorcycles on the roadway, not only because they can be tougher than traditional cars to spot, but also because the nature of the bike offers little protection to riders.

Motorcycle accidents: Former California officer killed

Collisions on the highway tend to be more devastating than others due to the speed of the vehicles involved. This is perhaps especially true when it comes to motorcycle accidents, as even riders who are outfitted with all of the necessary safety equipment are not as protected as drivers of larger motor vehicles. A recent motorcycle wreck ultimately took the life of a man who formally served with the California Highway Patrol.

Lane splitting is legal. What does this mean for motorists?

In the last year, both in the news and on our blog, the topic of lane splitting has been a feature of conversation, which has led to a myriad of questions, including some concerning the safety of such a practice.

New California law aims to reduce motorcycle accidents

Lawmakers who recently passed a new state law are hoping to make California roads safer by legalizing a somewhat controversial motorcycle maneuver. California is now the only state in America in which it is legal for motorcyclists to lane split, or to move in between lanes of traffic. Advocates for the law claim that it will help reduce the incidence of motorcycle accidents.

California officer critically injured in motorcycle accidents

Drivers operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol certainly pose a serious threat on the road, but a driver does not have to be intoxicated to cause a life-altering accident. Motorcycle accidents are often caused by drivers who simply fail to notice motorcyclists. A recent such accident sent a California police officer to the hospital in critical condition.

Lane splitting: Hazard or helper?

The practice of lane splitting has become a hot-button topic over the last few years here in California. While state law does not expressively prohibit lane splitting, the law does not deem it legal either. This means that those who choose to participate in the activity venture into a legal grey area that has become a source of contention, especially in accident cases.

It's motorcycle season. Avoid these common types of accidents.

As the weather changes and spring approaches, motorcycle riders start to feel restless and ready to hit the road. Riders across the country are getting their bikes out and conducting the last tune-ups for a season of rides. Rallies will start popping up every weekend, giving bikers a destination and a chance to catch up with friends.

On motorcycle wrecks and the risks posed to motorcyclists

There are millions of motorcycles out on the road in this country, and the people who ride motorcycles are at a safety disadvantage simply due to the vehicle's design. There is not big metal frame that covers them; no airbags that protect them; no seat belts that lock them in place if an accident were to occur. As such, drivers of other vehicles need to pay attention when motorcycles are around them. If they don't, they risk getting into an accident -- and they could be at fault.

Will a bill officially allowing motorcyclists to lane split pass in CA?

Riding a motorcycle is a great way to get around in California. You save money on gas and you get to enjoy the outdoors while traveling to your destination. Unfortunately, other motorists are not always as aware of motorcyclists on the road as they should be.

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