Motorcycle crashes kill 5 over weekend

Motorcycle crashes kill 5 over weekend

There are 22 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Aug 10, 2008, titled Motorcycle crashes kill 5 over weekend. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

It was a deadly weekend for motorcycle riders in Northeast Ohio. The Medina and Wooster posts of the State Highway Patrol are investigating four motorcycle crashes that killed five people.

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Friends

Akron, OH

#2 Aug 11, 2008
WHY MUST THEY POINT OUT WHEN NO ONE IS WEARING THEIR HELMET. AS IF THAT WOULD HAVE MATTERED IN SOME CASES. BY THE SOUND OF IT I DON'T THINK IT WOULD HAVE HELPED ANYONE IN THESE CASES.
GOPHater

Medina, OH

#3 Aug 11, 2008
The part that really ticks me off is when the article says that the drivers of the car that was attempting to pass another car, and thus was in the motorcycle's lane and at fault, were "wearing their seatbelts", as if that makes up for killing two innocent people on the motorcycle. Unreal reporting...
May Fong

Sheffield Lake, OH

#4 Aug 11, 2008
Friends wrote:
WHY MUST THEY POINT OUT WHEN NO ONE IS WEARING THEIR HELMET. AS IF THAT WOULD HAVE MATTERED IN SOME CASES. BY THE SOUND OF IT I DON'T THINK IT WOULD HAVE HELPED ANYONE IN THESE CASES.
Human nature... People like the details of such things. So they can second guess and I told you so.

There is going to be a lot more motorcycles and scooters on the roads. People need to be made aware.

Education on sharing the road. Plus due to the right of Weight factor. Motorcyclists need to be ten times the driver than a car or a truck with Tons more vehicle protecting them.
new wineskins

Hudson, OH

#5 Aug 11, 2008
Medina is a treacherous place for motorcycles and cars. All of those hilly roads with difficult visibility. 94 at night is very dangerous. Even getting onto 271 N is tricky. This is so sad for everyone.
common sense

Stow, OH

#6 Aug 11, 2008
People who don't wear helmets are STUPID!
CJA

Akron, OH

#7 Aug 11, 2008
Must be more of the liberal media conspiracy to con us into thinking that seatbelts and helmets save lives. They must think we're suckers!
Friends wrote:
WHY MUST THEY POINT OUT WHEN NO ONE IS WEARING THEIR HELMET. AS IF THAT WOULD HAVE MATTERED IN SOME CASES. BY THE SOUND OF IT I DON'T THINK IT WOULD HAVE HELPED ANYONE IN THESE CASES.
bucket head

United States

#8 Aug 11, 2008
The insurance company is behind the helmet issue.
It is possable to scambel an egg without breaking the shell.
of forgiving

AOL

#9 Aug 11, 2008
Prayers for all involved.
cableguy802

Wilmington, NC

#10 Aug 11, 2008
common sense wrote:
People who don't wear helmets are STUPID!
people who call people stupid.....are stupid.
long time rider

Canton, OH

#13 Aug 12, 2008
common sense wrote:
People who don't wear helmets are STUPID!
i can tell by this comment you have never owned a motorcycle..
Beth

Herndon, VA

#14 Aug 12, 2008
I always wear my helmet when I ride.
I don't think you are stupid for not wearing one, however I do believe you are taking more of a risk not wearing one.
I think cars need to be more alert to motorcycles, I haven't been riding for very long, but I have had many close calls where the cars do not see me, and I have to avoid them.
Everyone be alert out there!
Steve G

United States

#15 Aug 12, 2008
The original thread of comments on the story can be found here

http://www.topix.com/forum/source/akron-beaco...

Why this happens on so many stories from the ABJ I do not know. They seem to modify links, or repost stories and add forums to them at will, which has the effect of removing the original forum and its discussion from the story (although that forum thread still exists.
concerned citizen

Jeffersonville, OH

#16 Aug 12, 2008
bucket head wrote:
The insurance company is behind the helmet issue.
It is possable to scambel an egg without breaking the shell.
possible yes but harder
concerned citizen

Jeffersonville, OH

#17 Aug 12, 2008
Beth wrote:
I always wear my helmet when I ride.
I don't think you are stupid for not wearing one, however I do believe you are taking more of a risk not wearing one.
I think cars need to be more alert to motorcycles, I haven't been riding for very long, but I have had many close calls where the cars do not see me, and I have to avoid them.
Everyone be alert out there!
and the other side of the equation is that motorcycles have to be more careful - it is what it is. many bikers dont realize that when they accelerate quickly, they move into a spot where a motorist just looked and judged to be empty. it just behooves the biker to be more cautious
Fed up

AOL

#18 Aug 12, 2008
As a rider, we take responsibility for our actions.
Why is it that it all comes down to whether the person was wearing a helmet or not? I choose to wear one when I ride, but there in not guarentee that under the same conditions that I would not of been killed.
I am so sick and tired of these stories making the driver of the cars victims. The ABJ is notorous for writing crap.
As for the driver of the cars involved. Driving school 101, you must make sure you have the clear distance to pass. So that error is on him, but what charges have been filed against him?
Vehicular Homcide? They always seem to leave out the charges against the drivers of vehiciles. I guess that makes it easier to blame it on the motorcycle riders huh?

Since: Jul 08

Louisville, OH

#19 Aug 13, 2008
Unrelated to the deaths as far as I know I have observed more people buying heavy bikes, i.e. Harley Davidson, as opposed to the lighter bikes as their first bike.
Of course, nothing wrong with that but the buyer should realize there is a huge difference.
Just because you rode your buddies Yamaha 650 doesn't mean you can ride that Fat Boy the same way.
Just a thought.
goo

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

#20 Aug 14, 2008
hmm
bucket head

United States

#21 Aug 14, 2008
Rusty Blade is right. I have been rideing for 40 years and the new rider can get in big trouble trying to controll a bike that is 800 pounds.As to the helmet thing it should be personal chioce. If you are willing to take the risk you indanger no one but yourself. If a 160 pound body hits an inmoveable object armor is not going to save you. The bottom line is do you all want to have the govenment make a choice for you? They already did that with seatbelts. Soon it would be the law to ban skate boards and other dangerous activities.
If you live your life without risk you aint living. You will be afraid to walk down the side walk for fear that some one would attack or kill you. I dont want to scare anyone but if one thing don't get you another will. More people die each year from over eating than in wars. So should we pass a law agenst Burger King.
common sense

Stow, OH

#22 Aug 14, 2008
long time rider wrote:
<quoted text> i can tell by this comment you have never owned a motorcycle..
Actually you're wrong. My husband and I own a bike and we ALWAYS wear helmets no matter what. It's called common sense. Being alive feels much better than having the wind blow in your face.
Fred

Broadview Heights, OH

#23 Aug 15, 2008
common sense wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually you're wrong. My husband and I own a bike and we ALWAYS wear helmets no matter what. It's called common sense. Being alive feels much better than having the wind blow in your face.
I agree. When a very large gravel truck forced my bike into a guard rail a 50 mph, it was my helmet that saved my live.

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