It is not uncommon for residents in California to enjoy a nice stroll outside or a bike ride. While many of these ventures take place near roadways, there are frequently sidewalks and bike lanes to add safety and protection for these travelers. Despite efforts to increase safety for cyclists, motorists, unfortunately, still collide with them. While it is clear that bicyclists are well aware of the risks associated with bike riding, only so much can be done to protect them from negligent or reckless drivers.
It is difficult to imagine California's roadways without large commercial semi trucks. These vehicles are a fixture on highways all across the country, and the Orange County area is no different when it comes to truck travel. Semi trucks serve critical functions, and will likely continue to be one of the primary means of moving bulk goods long distances for many years to come. Of course, transportation via commercial truck does come with some substantial drawbacks.
To knowingly participate in behavior known to be both dangerous and illegal seems foolish in the extreme. And yet, despite years of public campaigns and state legislations, motorists from California to Connecticut continue to drive distracted.
Bicycle accidents are a problem in many parts of the country, and can be especially concerning in places like Costa Mesa, where the weather is conducive to riding year-round. Also, Costa Mesa and other parts of Orange County are urban areas, which means that automobiles and bicyclists are more likely to share some of the same roads than they would be in more remote, rural parts of California.
Tragedy struck multiple families last week when a car collided with a bus in Anaheim, California near Disneyland, killing one and injuring 14. The crash happened on Harbor Boulevard just north of Ball Road, causing road closures to both Ball Road and Vermont Avenue for hours after the crash. The crash occurred at approximately 11:15am, and kept the roads closed until nearly 4pm.