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Helmet laws and motorcycle accident costs

Helmet laws and motorcycle accident costs

California motorcycle operators and passengers have been required to wear helmets since 1992. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the number of people killed in motorcycle accidents statewide fell 37 percent after the law's passage. Medical treatments for bike-related head injuries paid through state programs dropped from $40 million to $24 million.

With such positive and dramatic results, why don't all states adopt universal helmet laws?

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On and off-road challenges for California motorcyclists

 On and off-road challenges for California motorcyclists

The reasons Los Angeles residents ride motorcycles vary with the rider. Some motorcyclists ride for pleasure. Other riders like the savings of a cheaper form of transportation or want to leave a lighter carbon footprint by using less gas.

California motorcyclists are aware of the dangers. The likelihood of motorcycle accident injuries is three times greater on a bike than in a car. The fatality rate is 14 times higher than individuals in vehicles with far more physical protection.

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Murder charges for California biker over fatal off-ramp crash

Murder charges for California biker over fatal off-ramp crash

Motorcyclists, like California drivers, are responsible for the safety of passengers. Drivers or bikers under the influence of alcohol or drugs show full disregard of their own safety and the well-being of others. This reckless act can result in catastrophic injuries, death and criminal and civil penalties.

Authorities in Chula Vista said a 27-year-old woman passenger was killed in a motorcycle accident, while accompanying a speeding, intoxicated motorcyclist. The fatal crash occurred in the middle of the night on an Interstate 5 exit ramp. California Highway Patrol reported the bike was going too fast to make a curve and crashed into a Caltrans barrel.

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Driver to be jailed on California motorcycle accident date

 Driver to be jailed on California motorcycle accident date

There is no real measure for the loss of a human life. We attempt to come up with equivalents through insurance proceeds, criminal penalties and civil damage awards. To families who've lost loved ones in Los Angeles traffic accidents, the numbers really never match the love and support that was suddenly, senselessly taken away.

Justice can seem hollow, even following a negligent driver's criminal conviction or an order for damages. However, California courts do their best to make things right or at least easier for accident victims and survivors.

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Man dies in motorcycle accident with California wrong-way driver

Man dies in motorcycle accident with California wrong-way driver

Los Angeles senior citizens have driving privileges as long as they demonstrate the ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. The California Department of Transportation may place certain restrictions or conditions on a license when a driver's physical or mental abilities decline, but no one has a license revoked only because of age. An older driver also has no special immunity from fault in an accident.

An 86-year-old Sacramento driver made a wrong turn and ended up going the wrong way on Highway 160. The elderly man was aware of the mistake, reduced speed and drove close to the center divider. The driver failed to find a way off the road before there was an accident.

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California Marine killed by alleged drunk driver fleeing police

 California Marine killed by alleged drunk driver fleeing police

California drug courts permit defendants charged with alcohol or drug-related offenses to undergo substance abuse treatment. Completion of treatment sometimes results in the dismissal of criminal charges. The goals are to prevent repeat offenses and trim the prison population.

Los Angeles accident victims may have no assistance to deal with their pain and suffering. Injured individuals can be struggling to recover, pay overwhelming medical bills, adjust to disability and overcome emotional trauma. Civil courts provide a way for victims or families to recover compensation for losses through liability claims.

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Los Angeles motorcyclist injured when ex-Laker shifts lanes

Los Angeles motorcyclist injured when ex-Laker shifts lanes

It doesn't take a mathematician to calculate which object will sustain more damage when a large, heavy object collides with something smaller and lighter. No wonder vulnerable motorcyclists can be unnerved by just about every other vehicle on California roads.

The risks of being injured or killed in a motorcycle accident are widely publicized. Bikers are warned to ride defensively, wear protective gear and remain as visible as possible. Unfortunately, a motorcyclist can often do little to control the behavior of a negligent driver.

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California "Curb Appeal" host killed in motorcycle crash

 California "Curb Appeal" host killed in motorcycle crash

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report in October that showed a significant decline in the U.S. traffic death rate, during the first half of 2013. Fatalities through June dropped more than four percent, from 16,150 deaths to 15,470 fatalities.

The trend was positive, but the news wasn't been good for all motorists. A separate Governors Highway Safety Association report released last spring, based on nine months of figures, projected 5,000 fatalities among motorcyclists in 2012. California's motorcycle fatality rate slightly declined from 2011 to 2012. State officials attributed the limited deaths to mandatory helmets laws, strong enforcement and extensive consumer awareness and safety training programs.

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