Tag Archives: Cyclist Killed

It Might Be Better To Insure Your Bicycle Than To Insure Your Life

The market for cyclists’ lives isn’t very good right now. Apparently, you can buy a cyclist’s life for a mere $1,500. That’s right. For less than $2,000 you can kill a cyclist and face no additional penalties. In case you … Continue reading

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Substitute Victim Impact Statements: Can Bicycle Advocates Speak For The Dead?

Dead cyclists cannot make victim impact statements when they are killed in a hit and run accident. They cannot speak for themselves or represent their own interests in any way. Nonetheless, some people think they can be represented in a … Continue reading

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Incidental Justice For Two Dead Cyclists

In America, we like to say that justice is blind. This is a nice idea. And, in a utopian society, it might even hold true. But, in our real and imperfect society, blind justice is a mere cliché, for justice … Continue reading

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Unjust Deaths Lead To Inadequate Gestures

Untimely death and injustice often go hand in hand. This is particularly true in societies where minority groups are assigned less value than their majority group counterparts. Cyclists, in American society, can be considered the former. As a distinct minority, … Continue reading

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When Grand Juries Stand In The Way Of Truth And Justice

  When cyclists are injured or killed by motorists, the offending motorists are rarely held accountable. The reason may be that, for many years, cyclists were not welcome on the roads and were therefore regarded as unexpected obstacles on the … Continue reading

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When a Cyclist’s Death Doesn’t Count

Previously, I wrote about a local doctor, Stan Sabin, who was killed while riding his bicycle. The  motorist involved blamed a “sneezing fit” for causing her to lose control of her car, which resulted in her striking Dr. Sabin. Atypically, … Continue reading

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Motor Vehicle Homicide Only Applies When a Cyclist is Prominent

The phrase “motor vehicle homicide by a negligent driver” is rarely uttered in the same sentence as “for a cyclist’s death.” Atypically, a recent headline reflecting such an incident read: “Wellesley doctor killed in bicycle accident, driver charged.” This case … Continue reading

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