Sunnyvale motorcyclist killed while lane splitting on highway

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Owning and riding a motorcycle is the dream for many people. Particularly in cities like San Jose, where the weather is temperate for most of the year, people may want to take advantage a longer riding season. However, with the increase in motorcycle riders, there is also an increase in risk for a motorcycle rider to be involved in a car accident.

A motorcyclist from Sunnyvale recently crashed into the back of a car on the highway and was killed. The rider was thrown from the motorcycle, and then the bike caught fire. Officials believe that the rider was lane splitting on the highway when the accident occurred.

Lane splitting, which is legal in California, is when a motorcycle straddles the dividing line between lanes for the purpose of moving though slow traffic. At the time of the motorcycle accident early in the evening, traffic had been slow moving.

Those who ride motorcycles are at risk for serious motorcycle accident injuries. These injuries can be more devastating than those of a victim inside of a car because of the lack of protective measures on the motorcycle itself, such as seatbelts and airbags. Motorcycles are more susceptible to road conditions such as potholes, uneven pavement and slick roads.

Liability in motorcycle accidents is determined by negligence, and as with car drivers, motorcycle riders must use reasonable care under the circumstances when riding.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, motorcycle accidents, injuries and deaths have risen dramatically in the last few years, with motorcycle deaths up 55 percent between 2001 and 2008. Riders can reduce the risk of motorcycle accidents and serious injury by wearing a motorcycle helmet, wearing other protective clothing and exercising caution in dangerous road conditions.

Source: Mercury News, "Sunnyvale man killed in Monday Motorcycle crash identified," Eric Kurhi, Nov. 30, 2012

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