Huntsville residents who bought new Harley-Davidson motorcycles this year should take note that the company has issued a voluntary recall for more than 29,000 Harleys. Included in the recall are 25,185 Touring motorcycles and 3,861 Softail Custom Vehicle Operations and Trikes. All are from the 2014 model year and were built between May 3 and Oct. 14, 2013.
A new study suggests that it may be more than a simple driver error that causes many crashes between a motorcycle and a car. In fact, it may be the brain itself and our neurological pathways for determining spacial relations that is impacting driver's ability to safely navigate around a motorocyle.
On April 15, 2006, a 21-year-old New Market man had stopped his motorcycle at a red light. With him on the bike was his 22-year-old girlfriend, also from New Market. Suddenly, they were run into by a driver in a pickup truck. The 22-year-old woman did not survive the crash and her boyfriend, the 21-year-old man, was severely injured in the accident. To this date, he has had to undergo six surgeries to fix his broken neck, hip and nose, severed arteries and other injuries he sustained in the crash.
Auto manufacturers are always looking to gain an edge on their competitors. In addition to design innovation, improvements in automobile safety are often major selling points for consumers. Recently, a major auto manufacturer unveiled a technology concept that could help protect the safety of everyone on the road -- not just drivers and their passengers.
When drivers are traveling through a residential area -- especially a familiar one -- it may be tempting to go into "auto pilot." Dangers may seem few in number when driving at a relatively low speed on a road with few other vehicles. Unfortunately, getting too comfortable behind the wheel and failing to pay adequate attention can be dangerous for Alabama motorists and others on the road.
Not long ago, Alabama police were forced to block off a section of highway in the early morning hours. They were investigating a fatal accident involving three vehicles and a hit and run. Eventually, the details of the wreck began to unfold.
Three people died in a truck versus motorcycle crash in Jefferson County, Alabama, over the weekend. The details of what happened and what caused the accident are not quite clear.
Alabama was an early adopter of a universal helmet law. The state passed the law that requires helmets for all motorcyclists and their passengers, regardless of their age, in 1967 as one of a handful of states in an early wave of safety consciousness. It makes sense, then, that the state Department of Transportation and other agencies and organizations are participating in high gear for National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
Most new cars these days come with a number of safety devices already installed. From airbags to electronic stability control systems and automatic braking, cars are intentionally designed to help drivers avoid accidents and to protect them if a crash happens. This technology, while expensive at first, has saved countless lives.
In September 2011, a 24-year-old Alabama man was struck by a vehicle while he was riding his motorcycle. Instead of calling police and checking on the motorcyclist's condition, the driver who struck the man fled the motorcycle accident scene before police arrived.