July 7th, 2014| Riding motorcycles can be a fun and exciting hobby, but taking one of these machines on the streets comes with inherent dangers, especially in California. Data from the California Highway Patrol shows the state has seen a 175 percent increase in the number of California motorcycle accident fatalities that have been recorded in the last two decades. These dangers were highlighted by a recent collision that occurred in Hayward, California. Reports from the San Jose Mercury News state a 28-year-old motorcyclist was killed recently as the result of a collision that occurred with a truck in an intersection. Investigators say that just before 8:35 p.m., the victim was traveling along Industrial Parkway when a tractor-trailer attempted to make a left turn in front of the bike. The motorcyclist didn’t have time to stop and the two vehicles collided, claiming the motorcyclist’s life. The incident shows just how quickly a motorcycle accident can take a life. That’s why our team of Alameda personal injury attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers would like to offer our deepest sympathies to the family of the victim. We would also like to offer these tips to help keep motorcyclists safe when riding along the roadways of Northern California:
- Wear a Helmet- This single piece of safety equipment has been shown to reduce the chances of injury or death in the event of an accident by as much as 70 percent.
- Slow Down- Speed is one of the leading causes of fatal motorcycle accidents, so obey the posted speed limit.
- Don’t Drink and Drive- An alarming number of California motorcycle accidents involve alcohol, which is why it’s so important to refrain from consuming libations prior to getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.