Monthly Archives: February 2017

Will New Laws Help Protect Motorcyclists from Distracted Driving?

Last year was hard for the motorcycling community in Parker, Colorado. They lost two riders when a woman who had been drinking while driving and texting crossed the median and slammed into the couple’s Harley-Davidson. That driver would eventually receive a 20-year sentence, but only because she drank alcohol. If she had only been texting, that driver would have received a $50 fine and one point off her license, and many motorcyclists believe that just isn’t a steep enough penalty. Can New Laws Help Protect Motorcyclists from Distracted Driving? Last year proved to be the deadliest on record for motorcyclists on Colorado’s roads. We lost 125 motorcyclists, and the authorities believe that distracted driving was one of the main reasons we saw this spike in fatalities. Authorities have redoubled their efforts to bring these fatalities down, and one of those efforts include a bill. Senate Bill 27 is an effort…
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Should Semi-Trucks Be Required to Use Side Underride Guards?

A recent NBC News investigation discussed why semi-trucks should be required to use side underride guards. The investigation claims 200 people are killed in side underride crashes every year. These crashes occur when motorists slam into the sides of trucks and are forced underneath. Modern safety features like airbags may be unable to save lives when these truck accidents happen. Motorists and passengers are often decapitated. In the late 1990s, NHTSA issued a rule requiring semi-trucks to use rear underride guards, which can help prevent vehicles from being forced underneath the back of trailers. However, no such rule exists for requiring guards on both sides of these large vehicles. We have known for decades that side underride and underride crashes are a major threat to public safety. Recent and highly publicized cases continue to happen. Last year, a motorist using Tesla’s autopilot was killed when his Tesla S Model S…
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Should Autocycles Be Considered Automobiles?

There aren’t many of them out there yet, but chances are you’ve seen a least a couple of autocycles out on the open road. Wait, you haven’t? You don’t know what they are? Well, take a seat and we’ll explain just what an autocycle is and why Coloradoans need to know about them. Are Autocycles Just Three-Wheeled Automobiles? The Polaris Slingshot is probably the most popular example of what an autocycle is. It has a steering wheel, two bucket seats and three tires—and yet in most of the country it is considered a motorcycle. It’s considered a motorcycle here in Colorado too, but maybe not for much longer. HB 1044 is a bill that seeks to reclassify autocycles as a motorcycle subtype. So far only 32 other states consider autocycles a motorcycle subtype while two states consider them automobiles. All the rest consider them plain old motorcycles. These distinctions may…
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