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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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California legislation fuels bike helmet controversy

 California legislation fuels bike helmet controversy

Many Los Angeles bike riders voluntarily wear helmets for added safety protection. California children and most teens have been required to wear helmets since 1994. State law makes helmet use mandatory for bicyclists under 18 and optional for older riders, but that could change.

Senate Bill 192 calls for all bicyclists statewide to wear helmets while riding. The same bill would make wearing reflective clothing compulsory for bicycling during nighttime hours. Violators would be issued citations and fined as much as $25 for riding without head protection.

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Undercounted bike accidents don't deter California claims

Undercounted bike accidents don't deter California claims

No one really knows how many people ride bicycles in Los Angeles. We have no system locally, statewide or nationally to track the numbers, patterns or habits of bicyclists. It is not clear how many bike accidents go unrecorded.

National and state statistics reflect recorded accidents, not collisions dismissed by police. Research suggests bike crash statistics represent as few as 10 percent of the true number of accidents. So, let's look at the figures we do have.

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Fatal motorcycle accidents, trends in Los Angeles County

Fatal motorcycle accidents, trends in Los Angeles County

The California motorcycle traffic fatality rate rose 23 percent and a shocking 49 percent in Los Angeles County between 2003 and 2012. The number of deadly bike crashes dropped off statewide for two years, after hitting a high point in 2008, and then resumed climbing. Analysts, from bike mechanics to law enforcers, have differing opinions about the spike in fatal accidents.

Some observers believe motorcycle ridership is up, particularly among recreational bikers, who suspended riding for pleasure during the nation's tough economic times. Records indicated not many new bikes were added to traffic. County bike registrations were up only 5 percent between 2010 and 2012.

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What don’t we know about California bicycle accidents?

 What don’t we know about California bicycle accidents?

It's safe to say that a lot of people ride bicycles in Los Angeles for exercise, recreation and even as their primary mode of transportation. However, statistics can't tell us how many people ride here or anywhere else in the country or where bicyclists go. The information available to authorities and the public is largely based upon reports of bicycle accidents, injuries and deaths.

We know that bicycling makes up just one percent of our preferred modes of transportation in the U.S. What's disturbing to learn is that bike crashes total two percent of all traffic fatalities nationwide. Each day, an average of two bike riders die in accidents.

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Alcohol and California motorcycle accidents

Alcohol and California motorcycle accidents

Many California motorcyclists do all they can to stay alert, obey traffic laws, drive defensively and protect themselves. Sometimes, the extra care bikers take save them from getting hurt or killed in a motorcycle accident. Sometimes, despite all these precautions, negligent drivers cause crashes leading to severe injuries.

You don't have to guess who ends up being the most likely accident victim. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,957 motorcyclists lost their lives in 2012 collisions. Another 93,000 bikers survived motorcycle accidents but suffered harm like neck, head and brain injuries or permanent disabilities.

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New victims: Male adults and fatal California bike accidents

New victims: Male adults and fatal California bike accidents

Far fewer U.S. bike riders are dying in traffic collisions today than they were in 1975. While that's positive news for Los Angeles bicyclists, there's no concrete explanation why the number of people killed in bike accidents has taken a disturbing upward swing over the last few years. In the 1970s, children were the most likely victims of fatal bike crashes – now the most vulnerable group is adult males.

Researchers believe the spike in nationwide bike fatalities – a colossal 16 percent increase between 2010 and 2012 – may be related to a surge in adults commuting by bicycle. It's hard to tell for certain, because police records aren't as detailed about bike crashes as they are about motor vehicle accidents. What's also missing is a tally of riders – no one really knows how many bicyclists are out there.

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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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4 bicyclists hurt in AIDS charity ride bound for Los Angeles

4 bicyclists hurt in AIDS charity ride bound for Los Angeles

California residents have great reasons to ride bicycles other than our great weather. Riding a bike is an inexpensive way to get from place to place, friendly to the environment and good for your health. Bicyclists sometimes ride together to benefit others, like thousands of riders who take part annually in the AIDS/LifeCycle ride.

Over 2,300 riders set off from San Francisco this year on the way to Los Angeles on a 545-mile, week-long ride. The challenging trek draws participants from all over the world to raise millions of dollars for AIDS research. Riders were headed along Highway 1 not far from Moss Landing when four bicyclists were struck.

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