As a lawyer and motorcycle owner, it makes me cringe when I hear about wrecks involving other bikers who are injured due to inattentive car drivers. Yet those stories are all too common, especially as summer riding weather is upon us.
Louisville resident Joseph Heiser, 41, died over the weekend when a car turned in front of his moped on New Cut Road at about 2:25 a.m. Sunday. According to local news reports, the car, a Chevrolet Impala, was turning into the parking area of an apartment building in the 5300 block of New Cut Road. Heiser, who was southbound, died several hours later at a hospital. The cause of death was blunt force trauma.
Unfortunately, motorcycle fatalities are all too common in Kentucky. Although they account for only around 1 percent of all wrecks, they represent about 7 percent of vehicular fatalities in the state. Some of this can be attributed to auto drivers not paying enough attention to bikers. Another factor is motorcyclists not using helmets.
One of the tricky things about mopeds and scooters is that riders are even less likely than motorcyclists to wear helmets. That might seem logical at first, because those machines don't travel as quickly as motorcycles. However, mopeds also don't have the kind of speed that is sometimes necessary to accelerate away from an oncoming vehicle. This can make them more susceptible to certain types of wrecks -- including those in which the auto driver is negligent.
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