Saturday, June 11, 2011

Cincinnati Motorcyclist Killed Police Lookig for Witnesses

Sadly I saw in todays paper that a motorcyclist was killed and that the police are looking for witnesses. Call 513-352-2514 to contact them.

There were several troubling aspects to the very brief article. One was the headline that read: Motorcyclist Crashes, Is Struck by a Car. The implication is the motorcycle rider crashed and then was hit by the car inferring fault on the motorcyclist. However when you read the article it starts with .. "a motorcyclist was struck and killed by a motorist."

Then it says that the motorcycle was heading north on Este and the driver was heading south when the man on the motorcycle went down and was struck as the driver was making a left hand turn into the parking lot.

This then appears to be a car driver violating the motorcyclists right of way. But the headline shouts the wrong message. Violation of the Right of Way is often cause of motor vehicle motorcycle crashes.This occurs when a car driver is attempting to turn at an intersection or pulls from a stop street, into the path of an oncoming motorcycle rider and a crach accident results.

In passing it was noted that the motorcyclist had a helmet on and that alchohol was not an issue. I'm not even sure what to make of those comments , but I guess they are deemed important by the media and possibly by extension to the public. Of course Ohio is a non helmet state except for novices.

by Cincinnati motorcycle accident lawyer Anthony Castelli