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  • IIHS Petitions NHTSA to Update Federal Motorcycle Safety Standards

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 26-Jun-2013

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), along with the Highway Loss Data Institute, recently petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to update the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) that apply to motorcycle braking systems. Specifically, the IIHS asked the NHTSA to require antilock braking systems on all new motorcycles sold in the U.S. The ...
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  • Four Ways to Share the Road Safely With Motorcycles

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 20-May-2013

    May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and in northern California, motorcyclists are taking to the roads once again as the weather warms up. You can help protect your own safety and that of motorcyclists by staying aware of the major safety risks bikers face by driving in a way that helps to minimize the risk to those on motorcycles. Both motorcyclists and other drivers play a key role in ...
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  • Motorcycle Safety Is Everyone's Concern

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 19-Feb-2013

    M ost motorcyclists who ride regularly take safety seriously. Many of the same things that make motorcycle riding feel like freedom also make it more dangerous, so bikers equip themselves with helmets and padding, ensure their bikes are in good working order, and pay attention to the roads in order to reduce the risk of an accident. Unfortunately, while motorcyclists can go to great lengths to ...
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  • Mild Winter Weather Means Motorcycles, But Safety Rules Still Apply

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 28-Dec-2012

    Most motorcyclists in the U.S. pack up their bikes when winter hits, but those who live in areas with mild winters or are enjoying especially warm winter weather may decide to stay on the road as long as possible. Even though fewer motorcyclists hit northern California roads in winter, motorcycle injuries can occur year-round. Both bikers and drivers need to remember that motorcycles are still on ...
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  • How CA Motorcycle Helmet Laws Can Save Your Life

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 3-Oct-2012

    In California, with all the vehicles on the road, the odds are that within your lifetime, you will be involved in a traffic collision. No traffic accident leaves you unscathed. If you are a motorcycle rider, any accident can result in serious injury and even death due to a significant lack of protection provided. With this risk in mind, California enacted a motorcycle helmet law in 1992. Vehicle ...
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  • San Mateo County Motorcycle-Car Collision Ends in Fatality

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 8-Aug-2012

    A 28-year-old man from San Francisco was fatally injured on August 6 in Woodside when he struck a vehicle entering Woodside Road while riding his motorcycle. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the incident, according to the Redwood City Patch. The accident occurred when the man was riding west on Woodside Road on his Suzuki motorcycle and then collided with a ...
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  • Prevent Northern California Crashes during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 9-May-2012

    Motorcycle crashes often result in some of the most devastating injuries possible during a vehicle crash, with riders suffering trauma that can lead to permanent disability or death. As such, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has declared May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a time for motorcyclists and car drivers alike to be aware of the dangers of such accidents ...
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  • What are the Most Common Hazards Facing Northern California Motorcyclists Today?

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 28-Mar-2012

    Motorcycles offer a sense of freedom, speed, and enjoyment that is not possible with other types of vehicles; however, the same factors that create these levels of enjoyment also put motorcyclists at a greater risk during a crash. While motorcycles are known for their fast speed, small size, and vulnerability during a crash, many motorcycle accidents are not caused by the rider at all. Whether a ...
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  • Learning More About Motorcycle Accidents In Santa Cruz

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 20-Dec-2011

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( NHTSA ) reported that there were 5,290 motorcyclist fatalities in motorcycle crashes in 2008. Additionally, there were approximately 96,000 motorcyclists that were injured in accidents during the same year. California had the highest number of motorcyclist fatalities per state in the U.S. in 2008, with 537 motorcyclist deaths occurring. Many ...
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  • San Jose Motorcycle Safety Tips For Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 11-Apr-2011

    Summer is on its way and motorcycle riders all over Northern California will be taking advantage of the favorable weather and hitting the road. With their increased numbers, it is important that motorists and motorcyclists understand how to safely share the road, especially with Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month coming in May. Taking the proper safety precautions and driving defensively can ...
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  • Motorcycle Officer Recovering In Hospital After San Jose Hit And Run Crash

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 31-Mar-2011

    A San Jose police officer, driving his motorcycle on South First Street, was struck by a car and hospitalized early this week, according to KTVU.com news. The police motorcycle officer was attempting to catch up to a traffic violator when he was hit by a light blue Honda at the South First Street and Alma Avenue intersection; the injury collision ejected the officer from his bike, and the Honda ...
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  • Mariposa County Motorcycle Accident Kills Three, Injures Four More

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 19-Aug-2010

    A recent Mariposa County motorcycle accident resulted in the loss of three lives and injured four others, according to a fresnobee.com news story. Reportedly, the head-on collision involved a Ford Bronco, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and a Ford Escape. The driver of the Ford Bronco allegedly crossed over a double-yellow line while maneuvering a curve in the road, and consequently struck the ...
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  • Salinas Motorcyclist Dies After Collision with SUV

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 19-Jul-2010

    According to Santa Cruz’s local CBS-affiliate, KION-46, a 19-year-old motorcyclist was involved in an accident with a Ford Expedition being driven by a 31-year-old motorist. Reportedly, the driver of the Expedition was stopped at an intersection waiting to make a left-hand turn while traveling northbound. The teenage motorcyclist, traveling eastbound, was unable to make a controlled stop, ...
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  • Reckless Act Results in Rollover, Injury and Loss of Life

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 18-Nov-2009

    According to The San Francisco Chronicle, a reckless driving act known as a “sideshow” has resulted in the deaths of three young adults and injured three others. Reportedly, a total of five people were in the Nissan Altima that veered into oncoming traffic, struck a parked vehicle, and overturned onto the sidewalk before coming to a stop. Three of the five, a 22-year-old, 19-year-old, ...
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  • Families of Bike Accident Victims Collect Settlement from Santa Clara County

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 4-Nov-2009

    An article in San Jose’s Mercury News talks about the $1.2 million settlement that the family of a killed bicyclist received from Santa Clara County. The male bicyclist was killed in an accident involving a police patrol car that was being driven by a sheriff’s deputy that fell asleep at the wheel while driving. The deputy also hit two other male bicyclists during the Cupertino ...
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  • Pleasanton Motorcyclist Struck On Interstate 880

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 29-Jul-2009

    The Mercury News recently reported in a story that a motorcyclist was struck by a white BMW on Interstate 680. The motorcycle accident in Pleasanton occurred on the northbound I-680 near Sunol Boulevard. The driver of the BMW fled the scene, leaving the motorcyclist seriously injured. California Highway Patrol revealed that the driver of the white BMW sedan was traveling at upwards of 100 mph, and ...
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