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WHY DON'T MOTORISTS WHO INJURE OR KILL BICYCLISTS GET PROSECUTED?

So many clients and their loved ones are upset that the motorists that injure or even kill bicyclists are not prosecuted criminally. It is very rare even in traffic fatalities, for a motorist to be charged with any crime other than DUI or hit and run.

It is more common for a motorist to receive a traffic ticket. This can result in a fine. This issue was the subject of a recent commentary by an editor for Men's Journal with the provocative title, Is it OK to Kill Cyclists?  http://goo.gl/q6dTJN

One potential solution is what is called a Vulnerable User Law. In 2007, Oregon passed such a law. It enhances the punishment for traffic offenses when the motorist injuries or kills a bicyclist,pedestrian,or motorcyclist. Florida has considered passing such a law. Our legislature has not done so.

We encourage you to contact us if you have been injured by a motorist. We encourage you to contact us with your thoughts and your questions about a Vulnerable User Law.

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