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Anonymous writes "PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The tragic accident last weekend that claimed the
life of a Minnesota motorcyclist is an all-too-common occurrence on the
nation's highways, reports the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).
On Saturday, August 16, motorcyclist Randolph Scott of Hardwick, Minn.,
was killed in a collision with a car driven by U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow
(R-S.D.). The fatal accident took place at the intersection of two
county roads in eastern South Dakota.
Police reports note that there is a stop sign on Moody County Road 13,
on which Janklow was headed south, while County Road 14, on which Scott
was headed west, is a through road with no stop sign. Reports released
by police investigators indicate that Janklow's car, traveling at speeds
estimated at 70-75 mph, did not stop at the stop sign and continued into
the path of the motorcycle, giving the rider no chance to avoid the
AMA officials point out that this type of accident, in which a car or
other vehicle violates the right of way of a motorcycle, is the greatest
hazard motorcyclists face on the road. The most comprehensive study ever
conducted into motorcycle accidents found that nearly 75 percent of
motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle, and that in almost
two-thirds of those crashes, the cause could be traced to the other
vehicle violating the motorcyclist's right-of-way.
"We've known for a long time about the dangers of car drivers violating
motorcyclists' right-of-way," said Ed Moreland, AMA vice president for
government relations. "That danger, combined with the excessive speed
and failure to obey a stop sign reported in this case, produced reckless
behavior that took the life of an innocent motorcyclist."
For more than a year, the AMA has been involved in a campaign called
Motorcyclists Matter that focuses attention on the dangers faced by
motorcyclists and other vulnerable road users, including bicyclists and
pedestrians, as a result of drivers who violate their right-of-way. The
Association is also campaigning in Washington, D.C., for funding for a
new study into the causes of motorcycle accidents -- the first in more
than two decades.
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