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Complacency kills, motorcyclists warn fellow riders, drivers

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  • bikeboy Boise, ID
    May 8, 2014 4:49 p.m.

    Good reminder article, what with peak motorcycling season approaching! And I can identify - it's pretty easy to get caught up in the enjoyment of the ride, and temporarily let down your guard.

    I'd be interested in a further breakdown of the fatalities:
    - How many were single-vehicle crashes (nobody to blame but the M/C rider)
    - How many multi-vehicle crashes were determined to be the fault of the M/C rider, compared with the other party being at fault
    - In how many that were the other guy's fault, did the distraught driver lament, "I just didn't SEE him!" (seems to happen a lot - even more so in this day and age of hand-held electronic gizmos)
    - What percentage had "impairment" on the part of the M/C rider

    Riding a motorcycle involves some risk. The only way to avoid getting hurt or killed, is to avoid being in a crash, and that often involves dealing with carelessness on the part of another roadway user.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    May 8, 2014 5:50 p.m.

    I got rid of my bike years ago, the way a lot of folks drive, I want a steel cage around me.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    May 9, 2014 7:07 a.m.

    mcclark: Ditto. And I'm not so sure the steel cage is sufficient on Utah highways...