The California Highway Patrol was still investigating on June 9 a fatal motorcycle accident that had occurred the day before involving several Navy personnel. The motorcycle accident resulted in one death and minor injuries to four individuals. The investigation is presumably ongoing, and police have not disclosed what party or parties may have been at fault in the accident.
Bicyclists are particularly vulnerable against other drivers on the road, especially when they encounter large vehicles like trucks and tractor-trailers. When an accident occurs involving a bicycle and one of these vehicles, or any vehicle, the consequences can be devastating and result in serious personal injury or even death. One California woman, unfortunately, fell victim to this sort of truck accident when she collided with an 18-wheeler while riding her bike in 2010.
Despite his age of 101, friends say a local Burbank man had the stamina of someone much younger and never skipped a beat. He was a photographer and former Olympic boxer who loved to play pool at a senior center located across the street from his photography studio on Olive Avenue. He even served as a grand marshal in Burbank's centennial parade last year. Some called him a legend. After a recent accident, however, the community was thrown into shock and grief.
Motorcycles are small vehicles compared to other vehicles that share the road. Drivers of these bikes may feel empowered by their small size, believing they have greater flexibility on the roads than larger vehicles due to their ability to navigate smaller spaces with greater ease. However, this is not always the case, and a motorcycle accident can happen with the same frequency as any other automobile accident. One California couple was tragically involved in a fatal motorcycle accident in Southern California near Julian on May 19.
Any California vehicle crash is a potentially tragic event. A fatal car accident is even more agonizing. What's even more heartrending is when the death is caused by a hit-and-run driver. Sadly this was the case for one woman -- a wife and mother -- after her husband was killed in a recent car accident that also left her 7-year-old daughter in a coma.
California is in the midst of a period of slight decline in motorcycle fatalities, as the number of deaths dropped 37 percent between 2009 and 2010. Compared to the 175 percent increase in motorcycle fatalities from 1998 to 2008, this change may be comforting to many California drivers, whether motorcyclists or otherwise. However, there is still more to be done to further prevent these devastating motorcycle accident fatalities.
No one expects to be in immediate danger while waiting for the bus, which is something many people in Los Angeles do every day. Yet one California mother's life will never be the same after an unexpected motor vehicle accident occurred while she was waiting for a bus with her 18-month-old daughter. A pickup truck crashed into a bench near an El Monte bus stop. The collision killed the young girl, critically injured her mother and hurt a 12-year-old boy.
When we think of a distracted driver causing a car accident, we imagine someone texting and driving, or even someone driving while intoxicated. We don't, however, typically think of someone simply being inattentive while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, this was the case in a recent California automobile and motorcycle accident that resulted in the death of the motorcyclist.