My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the rider's family and friends.
Very sad.That said, helmets are optional in Utah (as I feel they
should be), but that CHOICE often has real CONSEQUENCES for surviving an
accident. I encourage all motorcyclists and cyclists to always wear helmets.
Helmets have saved my head from injury a half dozen times.
It may be me but I can't visualize what happened here based on this
description."The Blazer was eastbound and drove to the right to
make a U-turn. While turning around, it pulled in front of a motorcycle carrying
a driver and passenger, also driving eastbound. The motorcycle hit the back
bumper of the Blazer and "went down," according to the Utah Highway
Patrol."Was the Blazer backing up to finish its u-turn,
basically backing into the lane from which it had just come?
Very sad. Annual cost savings in states with universal motorcycle
helmet laws were nearly 4x's greater (per registered motorcycle) than in
states without these comprehensive laws, according to a study released by the
CDC.Annual costs saved from helmet use, in terms of medical,
productivity, and other costs, ranged from a high of $394 million in California
to a low of $2.6 million in New Mexico (which has a partial law). Partial helmet
laws require that only certain riders, such as those under age 21, to wear a
helmet.A CDC analysis of fatal crash data from 2008-2010, 12% of
motorcyclists in states with universal helmet laws were not wearing helmets. In
comparison, 64% of riders were not wearing helmets in states with partial helmet
laws, and 79% of riders were not wearing helmets in states with no helmet
laws.“Increasing motorcycle helmet use can save lives and
money,” said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “In 2010,
more than $3 billion in economic costs were saved due to helmet use in the
United States. Another $1.4 billion could have been saved if all motorcyclists
had worn helmets.”
It would appear that the Blazer did a U-turn from the shoulder of the road as
the motorcycle approached from behind. The biker was almost, but not quite, able
to avoid the SUV that was crossways in the road, clipped the back bumper, which
upended the bike, spilling the rider and passenger onto the road, with the rider
sustaining fatal head injuries.
Sorry to hear of this accident with loss of life and injury to motorcyclist and
son.The laws of physics suggest that SUV's are safer than
motorcycles should the twain happen to meet.