Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 26 to 30 of 30
  1. #26
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    312
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Tonight for awhile, I browsed over Massachusetts General Law 'Chapter 90 Motor Vehicles and Aircraft' to try locate the text of the laws from which charges against the driver were drawn from, and that the grand jury was presented with. From the article I provided the link to in the earlier comment, I looked for laws addressing: "...vehicle homicide by negligent operation, unsafe overtaking of a bicyclist and failing to take precautions for the safety of other travelers, ...".

    Here's a link to the Mass page for Chapter 90: http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/Ge...er90/Section24. Scroll w-a-a-a-y...down, fairly close to the bottom of the page, and look for a section that's designated (2) (c). An excerpt from section's start to help find it:


    "...(2) (a) Whoever upon any way or in any place to which the public has a right of access, or any place to which members of the public have access as invitees or licensees, operates a motor vehicle recklessly, or operates such a vehicle negligently so that the lives or safety of the public might be endangered, ..."


    It's worth browsing over the whole thing to get an idea of what the legal people and jurists are dealing with.

  2. #27
    24-Speed Machine Chris516's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Wash. Grove, MD
    My Bikes
    2003 Specialized Allez 24-Speed Road Bike
    Posts
    4,946
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
    Taking the lane is no guarantee either, bad driving motorists will still be bad drivers regardless.
    Taking the lane is no 'absolute' guarantee, when it comes to bad drivers. But it sure is a step in the right direction, to being noticed.

  3. #28
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Leeds UK
    Posts
    1,893
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
    One could cause a motorist to swerve and cause the motorist to collide with an inanimate object or another vehicle.

    In a situation that a cyclist had a history of numerous traffic violations like the motorist in the OP article, then caused the death of a motorist due to the cyclist's poor riding habits, would the same grand jurists return with the same decision?
    There was a US case, several years ago, where a woman was riding under the influence of prescription drugs and alcohol caused a driver to swerve to avoid her, crashing into, IIRC, a ditch and being killed, so it's not impossible. There might even be a reference to it on this forum.

  4. #29
    Senior Member Notso_fastLane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Medford, OR
    My Bikes
    Kona MTN bike, Bent TW Elegance
    Posts
    686
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
    You need a longer lance and maybe some work on your jousting skills.
    I think I could mount a breakaway bayonet on the front of my recumbent.

  5. #30
    Motorcycle RoadRacer cehowardGS's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    3,797
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Chris516 View Post
    This is another example of why, I Take The Lane, along with wearing bright clothing, and using extra-bright lights.
    When there is no shoulder, I am right there with you..Lights and all.
    2001 Raleigh R700
    1996 Litespeed Classic
    1995 Klein Quantum
    1989 Cannondale Black Lightning
    1988 Centurion Expert Ironman
    1989 Centurion Master Ironman
    1986 Schwinn Prelude(Beater)
    1986 Raleigh Grand Prix(Beater2)
    1985 Raleigh Prestige
    1985 Raleigh Competition
    1985 Raleigh Grand Prix #1
    1985 Raleigh Grand Prix #2 (project #1)
    1985 Raleigh Super Course (project #4)
    1979 Raleigh Competition GS-1

    2007 Suzuki GSX R1K (commuter)
    http://www.cehoward.net/pretty.jpg
    74,Old,Dirty,&Fast

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •