The recent death of a 31-year-old San Diego man in a motorcycle crash has brought attention to the practice known as lane splitting. In this particular instance, the motorcyclist was driving in between lanes of traffic when he collided with the back of an SUV. The impact caused him to veer into the center divider, and he was thrown into oncoming traffic.
This tragedy is just one example of the potential risks involved with lane splitting, which is defined as the act of a two-wheel vehicle passing other vehicles by riding between them along a lane line. Motorcyclists might do this while traffic is completely stopped at a light, during rush hour, or when traffic is moving, often at speeds exceeding 65 mph—like our motorcyclist above. Read the rest »
“All the time. I do it all the time. Every chance I get,” said Terry, from Balboa Park.
“I’ve been doing it for years. I’ve never had a problem,” said Jim, from Clairemont.
“It’s fast. It feels good,” said R.J., from Mission Beach.
“A lot of times, I’d get singled out at parties. People would point at me and say things like ‘he’s one of those guys,’ or ‘ask him about it, he loves it.’ I felt like a freak sometimes,” said Clint, from Mid-City.
“I’m so thankful it’s legal now. I don’t have to look over my shoulder anymore,” said Hersh, from Mission Valley.
What are all these people talking about? Motorcycle lane splitting, of course.
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There’s a reason so many people are afraid of motorcycles. When a person is driving them, they’re at a much greater risk for injuries and accidents than any other motorist on the road. Even with helmets and protective clothing, motorcyclists aren’t enclosed in a solid steel frame, and there’s nothing between them and other vehicles, or their surroundings. For this reason, motorcycle injuries are much more common, and much more severe. Sadly, this can be especially true in hit and run accidents.
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In early March 2016, a 24-year old man was riding home from a haircut appointment on Chula Vista Road. The young man was an Army veteran attending school at Southwestern College. Around 11 a.m. on a weekday morning, the man was involved in a severe motorcycle accident. As reported by local news outlets, the veteran was found with extensive broken bones and internal bleeding. When asked what occurred, he said he had been clipped by a motor vehicle. At the scene, the man’s bike was found roughly 25 feet from his location. Doctors believe he had been run over, given the severity of his injuries. But authorities remain unsure of what actually took place during the accident. An investigation is currently on-going. Read the rest »
Motorcycle accidents are not more common than car accidents, but they do more often result in serious injuries or fatalities. Motorcycles don’t have seat belts, airbags, or a metal frame of protection around riders. Therefore, motorcyclists are more vulnerable and tend to suffer serious injuries such as bone fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and fatal internal injuries in the event of a crash. Having an understanding of what causes most motorcycle accidents can help you avoid being involved in one. Read the rest »
If you’ve ever owned a motorcycle, you know one thing for sure – you feel cool. It’s the nature of the beast. Riding around on two wheels, wind in your hair. How could you not feel like the toughest guy or gal around? Unfortunately, feeling tough doesn’t mean you are. Motorcycle accidents can knock even the hardest biker down a peg. When it comes to motorcycles, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Read the rest »
A 37-year-old Navy Master Chief Petty Officer based in San Diego was killed in a motorcycle crash. According to a 10 News report, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred on Interstate 5 near Eighth Street in National City. Officials say the motorcyclist lost control and fell onto the roadway. He was then run over by the rear tires of a tractor-trailer. The man died at the scene. It is unclear what caused him to lose control or why the truck driver was unable to avoid the collision. Read the rest »
A 31-year-old man and his 27-year-old female passenger suffered major injuries in a recent Carlsbad motorcycle accident. According to an ABC 10 news report, the motorcycle accident occurred near Interstate 5 on Las Flores Drive. Officials say the motorcycle went off the interstate and struck the sedan. The driver and his passenger were transported to Scripps La Jolla for treatment. The 29-year-old driver of the sedan suffered minor injuries. It is unclear what caused the motorcycle to leave the roadway. Read the rest »
Now more than ever, residents of Carlsbad are commuting to work and enjoying the beautiful coastline on motorcycles. It is exhilarating and cost-efficient to ride a motorcycle in Carlsbad, but it can also be extremely dangerous. Motorcycles provide no protection for riders, and they are less stable and visible than cars. Therefore, it is common for even relatively minor collisions to result in serious injuries. When someone is killed in a Carlsbad motorcycle crash, it must be determined if the accident was a result of negligence and if the victim’s family can pursue compensation for their tragic losses.
According to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 50 motorcycle fatalities in San Diego County in the year 2011. During that same year, no riders were killed in Carlsbad, but 28 motorcyclists suffered injuries. Whenever a rider is killed in a Carlsbad crash, it must be determined if the accident resulted in a wrongful death. Read the rest »
Friends, family, and strangers have donated money to help pay the medical bills of a couple seriously injured in a motorcycle crash on State Route 67 in Lakeside. So far, an online fund has gathered nearly $37,000 for the cause.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has still not determined what caused the accident, but they do know that the couple was riding on the southbound SR-67 near Foster Truck Trail and Vigilante Road when the crash occurred.
According to NBC San Diego, the man who was driving the motorcycle is on life support and is paralyzed from the neck down. His girlfriend was also seriously injured, having suffered a collapsed lung, a pelvic injury, and severe leg injuries that required reconstructive surgery.
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