Save the Date: Motorcycle Law Group to Host Reddit Forum
November 15, 2016
We are hosting our first ever, Reddit Ask Us Anything (AUA) forum on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. We invite all of you to join in the conversation as Matt Danielson, Chad Fuller, and Liz Sorrell from Motorcycle Law Group answer questions about:
Motorcycle laws and statutes
What to do in the event of an accident
How much and what type of motorcycle insurance you really need
Anything else motorcycle law related
Login to Reddit.com on: Tuesday, November 15 2pm EST - 4pm EST Submit questions for our team to answer!
What is Reddit?
Reddit is a social news aggregation and discussion website. Reddit's community members can submit content, like we are doing for this Ask Us Anything event. If you want to join in the conversation but do not have an account, it very easy to sign up (and free).
We would be pleased to have as many of you from our MLG community active and participating on this day. We will send a reminder out the week before and the day of the AUA conversation to direct you to the forum.
If you have any questions please let us know!
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Details Raise Questions About Strategies to Address Motorcycle Safety
WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Pete Pettalia, a lawmaker who served in the Michigan State Legislature was fatally injured when a pickup truck turned directly into his lane. It is important to note that, Pettalia, was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.
State Representative Pettalia was an avid motorcyclist rights defender and advocate playing a key role in what would eventually become the repeal of the helmet law in Michigan state in 2012. News sources like CNN quickly tried to appeal to the irony that a critic of a universal helmet law was killed in a motorcycle accident. CNN’s headline read, “Lawmaker Who Opposed Universal Helmet Law Dies in Motorcycle Crash.” You would expect CNN to be more professional, the headline infers that the lack of a helmet was the reason for the fatality. This biased headline and notion is completely false as reports confirmed that the lawmaker was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.
This particular occurrence is, very unfortunately, one that has been repeated in the past. Despite helmet use, drivers of the four-wheeled variety often fail to see motorcyclists for a multitude of reasons that can include distracted or reckless driving, or simply the failure to be aware of their surroundings. It is for reasons like what caused the crash involving Mr. Pettalia and others like him, that groups such as the Motorcycle Riders Foundation emphasize the concept of crash prevention rather than safer crashing. The reality is, even if riders choose to wear and helmet and all the protective gear available, it is often not enough to stand up to reckless and distracted driving by motorists who fail to adhere to the oft-repeated biker adage. “Look Twice, Save a Life.”
Lawmaker killed by motorist, “right of way violation.”
Facts Instead of Fiction on Michigan’s Helmet Law Modification
In recent months many advocates of mandatory helmet laws have attacked Michigan’s ADULT CHOICE motorcycle helmet law passed in 2012. In these “reports” the claim is that 40% of riders who died in fatal crashes were un-helmeted which means 60% of riders were wearing helmets. More riders died wearing a helmet than without.
The real problems are UNENDORSED MOTORCYCLE RIDERS and car drivers violating a motorcyclist’s right of way, by making a left turn in front of the rider.
Every year since 1989 (a total of 27 years) when Michigan started keeping track of this data, 40% OR MORE of the motorcycle riders did not have a motorcycle endorsement and, were thus, riding illegally. In 2013 and 2015 that number reached 57% or nearly 3 out of 5 riders involved in fatal accidents, according to Michigan’s Office of Highway Safety Planning.