Originally Posted by Larry5469
How sad that the biking community is suffering so many lost lives.
Agree its sad. But please keep in mind that the vast majority of motorcycle related deaths are the fault of the rider. In 2 of the items mentioned above (hit a post, crossed double yellow and hit a pickup) the rider was clearly at fault. And in the first article speed could
have been a contributing factor.
Put yourself in the pickup driver's place -- you've got to make a left turn across oncoming traffic and there's a curve ahead. Are you going to just close your eyes and turn? Of course not, because it might be a car or truck coming around the corner in which case you'll get mashed. So the driver probably looked ahead as far as possible before making the turn.
Sure, many drivers "just don't see" motorcycles. I've been hit by one of them myself. That happens, and it sucks. But sometimes motorcycles are going a lot faster than is reasonable and prudent. It might be that this rider was going too fast to see the truck in time to avoid it.
Want to die on a bike? Here's how the majority of riders do it: 1) don't bother to get a motorcycle license, 2) don't wear a helmet, 3) ride drunk, 4) ride beyond your capability.
Want to save a biker's life? Make sure they don't do 1, 2, 3, and 4.