I meant to comment on a story that appeared yesterday in the Arizona Daily Star. Better late than never, so….
The Star reported that a driver used his minivan as a weapon, deliberately rear-ending a motorcyclist who was blown off his bike and underneath a car waiting to make a U-turn. The driver was booked into the slammer on suspicion of second-degree murder.
The rider was dead at the scene. The Star story ends with the apparently obligatory observation that the rider was not wearing a helmet. Oh well, that explains it, it’s really the rider’s fault.
This tired old refrain is really very poor reporting, unless there is evidence that a helmet would have saved the rider’s life. If there is no such evidence, then the report that he wasn’t wearing a helmet is no more pertinent than the observation that he wasn't wearing a ball gown. All across America car drivers kill motorcyclists. In many (and I suspect most) cases they’d be dead helmet or no helmet.
It is not motorcycles that are dangerous, it’s automobiles and their drivers.