One dead after Provo Canyon motorcycle accident

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  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    May 27, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    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.

  • TripleCrown Santa Ana, CA
    May 26, 2013 11:05 p.m.

    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.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 26, 2013 8:57 p.m.

    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.”

  • delasalle Sandy, UT
    May 26, 2013 8:20 p.m.

    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?

  • TripleCrown Santa Ana, CA
    May 26, 2013 8:01 p.m.

    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.