When a car collides with a motorcycle, the accident is often blamed on the motorcyclist. This is bullshit. Because most motorcycle accidents involving a vehicle happen because the vehicle operator was NOT PAYING ATTENTION and did not see the motorcyclist. This is gross negligence on the part of the driver. Saying “I didn’t see the motorcycle” is no excuse. The cop doesn’t let you get off the ticket when you say “I didn’t see the stop sign” does he?
This scenario was just played up by LA Times writer Ralph Vartabedian in his sensationalist anti-motorcyclist “article”.
I’m not even going to start dissecting this piece of propaganda, because Moonrider has already done this in 4,769 words. In a nutshell this accident happened because the car driver made an ILLEGAL LEFT TURN, putting her car in the direct path of the motorcycle thereby KILLING THE MOTORCYCLIST (she died one month later). It was HER ACTION that killed the motorcyclist. Not the hyperbole speeding of the motorcyclist.
Instead of blaming the motorcyclist, because that is the sensationalist cheap shot in this equation, Mr Vartabedian should look at what was distracting the driver? Cell phone, eating, rushing and any myriad of other activities people do when they are supposed to be driving. Maybe he can think about that the next time he is multi-tasking in his car. Because you rarely see a motorcyclist talking on their cell phone, fumbling with the radio and eating a burger at the same time.
At the end of the road motorcycles, get there faster and more efficiently. And not because the riders have a death wish and are speed demons. Motorcycles are better for the environment and better for traffic. Taking a cheap shot at them, when every trip could mean death by some clueless idiot, is uneducated and unacceptable.