Summer's over, but in Northern California, the arrival of fall doesn't mean it's time to put the motorcycles away. We're lucky that the California climate allows us to ride all year.
There is more to truck safety in California and across the country than just being a safe driver.
Perhaps you studied journalism in school and were taught the five Ws: who, what, where, when and why. You can put these questions to good use following a car accident. In addition to jotting down notes, you can take pictures to put the details together.
When you work construction in California, your various worksites usually are busy, noisy and hectic places. Sometimes they also can be dangerous. Considering that you often must perform your work on ladders, scaffolding and/or roofs, you run a high risk of falling and sustaining serious, if not catastrophic, injuries. This is especially true if you hit your head and receive a traumatic brain injury.
The state of California's Department of Industrial Relations put what it titled the Hazard Assessment Checklist on its website.
Motorcyclists are some of the most "at-risk" drivers on the road. That's because they can accelerate and travel at high speeds, yet their bodies don't benefit from any kind of protection in the event of a crash. Yes, motorcycle helmets help. Yes, armored riding pants and jackets help. However, if a motorcyclist gets into a serious collision, there's a good chance he or she could suffer a catastrophic injury or death, so it's vital for cyclists to do everything they can to avoid getting into a collision in the first place.
The roadways of Hayward and Northern California are filled with painted lines. Double yellow lines. Broken white lines. Lines for a bike lane. Lines for a turn lane.
Even the most experienced California motorcyclists - and drivers - need a reminder about the rules of the road.