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Police say buggy driver caused crash that injured 5

There are 11 comments on the The York Daily Record story from Jun 21, 2010, titled Police say buggy driver caused crash that injured 5. In it, The York Daily Record reports that:

A State Police investigation has determined the driver of an Amish buggy was at fault in the June 9 crash with a pickup truck that injured five people.

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Harry P Ness

Mechanicsburg, PA

#1 Jun 21, 2010
Who has to pay for the damage to the truck? Is it a requirement for the Amish to have liablity insurance if they use a buggy on the road?
Formerly Amish

Akron, OH

#2 Jun 21, 2010
In my community, no one had liability insurance; in fact, they opposed insurance for any purpose. Of course they paid their taxes at the end of the year as any American citizen, but because the buggies were not licensed and they did not need gasoline, they also did not pay road taxes.

I have seen in some Indiana communies that buggies are licensed. I do not know whether they are required to have insurance.

The answer in general is that the Amish do not have insurance except in some locations.

Because the Amish are viewed with favor, and because of insurance laws, I would guess that the truck's insurance will cover damages unless they choose to sue the buggy driver.

I am curious also...
Jethro Bodine

Harrisburg, PA

#3 Jun 21, 2010
Were the buggy riders wearing their seat belts? Did the air bag go off?
Formerly Amish

Akron, OH

#4 Jun 21, 2010
Why on earth would the authorities NOT cite the person who caused the accident? Because they are Amish?

Goes to show that police officers use racial (in this case sectal) profiling and get away with it too.

The Amish are US citizens and should be treated as such all the way through including taking responsibility for their actions.
A Reader

Oakland Mills, PA

#5 Jun 21, 2010
Jethro Bodine wrote:
Were the buggy riders wearing their seat belts? Did the air bag go off?
What a STUPID post!!!!!!!!!!1
CMB

Hanover, PA

#6 Jun 21, 2010
why is the amish persons fault? the buggy moves slower than a truck. maybe the kid was speeding and didn't have time to stop as the buggy was in the process of turning. they didn't mention the horse being struck so its not as if they were turning directly in front of the truck. just my thought..
Just a Thought

Stewartstown, PA

#7 Jun 21, 2010
Ok..I know this is petty...BUT I count '4 injured'...not "5" as the headline states.
HEY YDR.....(I will repeat) PROOF-READ!!!!!!
hmmm

Spring Grove, PA

#8 Jun 21, 2010
Formerly Amish wrote:
Why on earth would the authorities NOT cite the person who caused the accident? Because they are Amish?
Goes to show that police officers use racial (in this case sectal) profiling and get away with it too.
The Amish are US citizens and should be treated as such all the way through including taking responsibility for their actions.
Just because there is a crash doesn't mean anyone has to be cited...
Invader

Westminster, MD

#9 Jun 21, 2010
Harry P Ness wrote:
Who has to pay for the damage to the truck? Is it a requirement for the Amish to have liablity insurance if they use a buggy on the road?
Very good question.
bikerchick24

Morgantown, PA

#11 Jun 22, 2010
So many of these buggies turn right in front of you when you least expect it. They don't signal at all and I have personally missed hitting them so many times. And I drive very carefully when I'm near one. I expect them to do something unexpected and 9 out of ten times they do. You have to use defensive driving techniques around them all the time.

Trick - watch horses head (he'll look where he's going) and look if there is a driveway or road on the left. Chances are they will cross road in front of you to go there.

Because they are on public roads stop treating them so gently. Make them follow rules we have to and they should carry insurance. They sell stuff to the "English" but don't want to follow our rules? Can't have it both ways.
Formerly Amish

Akron, OH

#12 Jun 22, 2010
hmmm wrote:
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Just because there is a crash doesn't mean anyone has to be cited...
True, but usually if someone causes an accident and esecially if people are injured, the party who is at fault is cited. I find it very odd that that didn't happen in this case and I find it unacceptable because the driver of the truck will now have to pay higher insurance rates as a result of something that was not their fault.

I take at face value the statement that the driver of the buggy was at fault. At fault parties should have responsibility. I have also noticed bad driving habits of buggy drivers also. Some know how to drive, others don't just like all Americans.

I have observed in far too many instances that the Amish are awarded special treatment simply because they are Amish.(Sex offenders have gotten lighter sentences, etc.) I find this to be as WRONG as racial profiling.

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