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Reminder: If you get killed on two wheels, it’s your fault.

November 1, 2015

Bicyclist hit and killed by semitruck in Salt Lake

Anthony Johnson, 25, was riding his bicycle north on Redwood Road about 7 a.m. when a semitrailer, also traveling north, made a right turn to go onto the on-ramp for eastbound I-80, said Salt Lake police detective Dennis McGowan.

As the semitrailer made the turn, the second trailer and Johnson collided, McGowan said. Details about what exactly happened were not immediately known Wednesday.

Look, this isn’t to pour salt on an open wound and I understand it’s rough on the family, but this is important for the rest of us to remember.  Every single time you ride your motorcycle or bicycle or whatever instead of a car or bus or something large, you put yourself at a much higher risk of serious injury resulting from any accident that may happen.  Virtually no wreck that kills you on two wheels would kill you on four.

Beyond the high injury risk, the majority of the accidents themselves that bicyclists and motorcyclists (“two wheelers”) get into are their own fault.  Maybe it’s not technically their fault according to the rules of the road, but it’s on them to avoid the much larger four-or-more-wheeled vehicles.

Take this poor kid.  I am fairly familiar with Redwood Road in Utah.  It’s a large road with very fast driving on it but there is room for a bicycle on the edge.  Nothing irritates me more than cyclists who are on roads with high speed limits and expect cars to adjust.  It’s very dangerous for everyone.  But that’s not the case on Redwood because of the space on the shoulders.  That being said, the road is very fast and it’s very dangerous to ride a bicycle on it, especially considering that cars will be merging from high speeds onto the on-ramps.

So while we may feel bad for the kid’s friends and family, the accident was his fault.  Not just for being on that road in the first place, but for not doing more to avoid that truck after it passed him and merged into his path.

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