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Decreasing the chances of a motorcycle accident

California motorcyclists should make road safety their absolute highest priority. Although motorcycles are fuel efficient and enjoyable, motorcyclists are also nearly thirty times more likely to experience a fatal accident than automobile drivers.

Statistics indicate that 42 percent of all motorcycle fatalities involve alcohol intoxication in some way. Nearly half of the fatalities listed speeding as a factor in the accident. Simply refusing to partake in either behavior will have the effect of reducing risk by an enormous degree. Antilock brakes have also been shown to have a large effect on fatality statistics. Riders with ABS brakes saw a 37 percent reduction in the fatality rate. Helmets also have a dramatic impact on the chances of a fatal result. They have been estimated to reduce the risk of death between 21 and 31 percent.

Drivers hospitalized with serious injuries after head-on crash

A head-on collision between a 1986 Ford Ranger and an 2001 Nissan Frontier near Gird Road on State Route 76 in San Diego sent both drivers to the hospital with serious injuries. The accident is under investigation, however neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to have been contributing factors, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP reports that the collision occurred at around 6:50 a.m. on Dec. 8. They say the Ford Ranger driven by a 54-year-old Murrieta woman was traveling west on SR 76 when it drove into eastbound traffic and collided with the Nissan Frontier driven by a 64-year-old man from Dana Point. The drivers were freed from the wreckage by paramedics and transported to Palomar Medical Center for treatment. The woman reportedly had several facial fractures, and the man's legs were broken, according to the CHP.

3 people killed in Coachella Valley crashes

The California Highway Patrol confirmed that three people died as the result of two separate Nov. 28 accidents. One incident claimed the lives of a 23-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman, reportedly. In an earlier wreck, a 60-year-old man was killed when his car crossed the centerline and struck a gardening truck, authorities said.

Law enforcement officials indicated that the 23-year-old man in the later event was driving recklessly at the time of the crash, which occurred on Grapefruit Boulevard in Thermal. After crashing into a concrete barrier, the man purportedly crossed the centerline of the roadway and collided head-on with another vehicle. CHP reportedly suspects that alcohol played a role in the collision.

1 person injured and 2 killed in California wrong-way accident

Two people were killed and one was injured in a three-vehicle wrong-way accident on Nov. 23. The wreck happened on Highway 101 in Marian County near the Redwood Sanitary Landfill around midnight. Road crews shut down the road for several hours after the crash as they cleared the debris.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a man driving a 1995 Toyota Camry was headed north down the southbound lane when the Toyota collided head-on with a 2013 Nissan Sentra. The Nissan had two occupants, a male driver and a female passenger. After the Nissan was struck by the Toyota, it was struck again by a 2006 Dodge Ram.

Tour bus overturns in California, leaving 1 dead and 30 injured

California Highway Patrol said a tour bus that was already involved in a minor accident earlier in the day left the road and flipped over on Nov. 23, killing one passenger and hurting 30 others. The second crash happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. about 100 miles south of the Oregon border.

After rolling over, the 1996 Vanhool bus came to a rest on its roof. One passenger, a 33-year-old Parlier man, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Approximately two dozen other passengers were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Three were critically injured, three were seriously hurt and the rest suffered minor injuries.

California man killed trying pass semi on Highway 79

A San Diego man was killed in a chain-reaction car accident after he attempted to pass a semi-truck on a two-lane highway on Nov. 14. The crash happened near Temecula on Highway 79 just east of Pauba Road at around 5:30 a.m.

According to the California Highway Patrol, it was rainy and dark when the man, age 67, tried to pass a tractor-trailer with his 2004 Toyota Tundra as he approached a curve in the southbound lane. He crossed the double yellow lines and crashed into a westbound 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser. The collision caused the PT Cruiser to crash into the semi's trailer and swerve into a 1999 Ford F-350 traveling west on Highway 79. A westbound 1993 Ford F-350 then hit the Tundra and the 1999 Ford.

Motorcycle accident statistics

In California, many motorcyclists are injured or even killed in accidents each year. The problem is not just limited to the state, as motorcycle crash-related injuries and deaths occur across the nation. Due to having less protection on motorcycles, riders are more likely to be injured or killed when their motorcycles are involved in collisions.

In order to combat the higher likelihood of serious injuries, motorcyclists are advised to wear helmets. While helmets do help save lives, they are not always effective in preventing fatal head injuries in motorcycle collisions.

California accident caused by wrong-way driver

Three motorists were injured by a wrong-way driver on San Francisco's Bay Bridge on Nov. 8. Drugs are suspected, according to a representative of the California Highway Patrol, and an investigation into the accident is ongoing at the time of reporting.

All motorists involved in the crash were transported to San Francisco General where they were evaluated. According to officials, one of the motorists was described as suffering serious injuries.

Man facing manslaughter charges after Halloween hit-and-run

Police in California have reported that a 31-year-old man has been taken into custody in connection with a hit-and-run accident that claimed the lives of three teenage girls who were out trick-or-treating on Halloween. The man is facing a raft of charges including three counts of vehicular manslaughter. His bail was originally set at $500,000, but it was increased to $1 million on Nov. 3. The man faces up to 17 years in prison if convicted. The fatal motor vehicle accident took place on Fairhaven Avenue near Old Grand Street in Santa Ana.

According to a Santa Ana police report, the three girls were struck and killed as they crossed Fairhaven Avenue in a marked crosswalk near Fairhaven Elementary School. Witnesses described the black SUV to responding police officers, and the damaged vehicle was discovered abandoned in a nearby parking lot. A subsequent investigation led police to an area motel where the man was taken into custody.

1 killed, 1 injured in California head-on collision

The California Highway Patrol reported that one man was killed and another suffered multiple injuries as a result of a head-on crash that occurred on Oct. 24. The crash reportedly occurred around 10:05 p.m. on Highway 44 around Millville Plains Road.

Authorities believe that alcohol was a factor when a 35-year-old Palo Cedro man who was driving a 2002 Ford pickup truck west on the highway crossed the center line. After crossing it, he allegedly struck a 68-year-old Shingletown man's 2011 eastbound Subaru Impreza head-on.

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