An off-duty police officer in California has been killed as a result of a motorcycle accident, Inside Bay Area reports. The victim has been identified as John Fanene, 38, of Napa, and the accident is being reported as a head-on collision. Fanene was driving a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle westbound on Highway 12 near Red Top Road at the time of the accident, according to a Solano County Coroner's Office spokesman.
The California Highway Patrol reports that motorcycle fatalities are on the rise in California. In recent years, we have seen fluctuations in the number of accidents, due to the increased use of cell phones and texting devices, as well as the laws that prohibit such behaviors. Accidents also tend to increase around the holidays, due to greater traffic and a greater number of impaired drivers. But this recent rise is being attributed to other factors entirely.
In the United States, riding a motorcycle is no longer just a niche past time for burly leather clad men - just about any and everyone can ride a motorbike. Motorcycles have gone mainstream for several reasons including the fact that they are cost efficient modes of transport, smaller than car and comparable in terms of speed. With the ability to zip through traffic and get you where you need to be or want to be, it is not difficult to understand the allure of riding a bike. It should be said however, as with any auto vehicular mode of transport, that driving a bike can be dangerous and downright fatal if you don't take all the right precautions. You need to know how to stay safe and alive on the road if you're going to be one of the thousands of people who use motorbikes as their primary means of transport. Below are a few of our tips to help you arrive alive: