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July 11, 2007 | SUSAN CARPENTER
It's about time. After 26 years, a major new motorcycle crash study is poised to begin. Since 1981, when the famed Hurt Study issued its findings on the causes of motorcycle accidents, a lot has changed. Almost 11 million street bikes have been sold in the U.S. Not only has the size of the rider population grown to 6.6 million, but so has the average motorcycle size. In 1990, just 40% of motorcycles were larger than 749 cc; that percentage has since doubled.
Ron Gant lay alone in his hospital room, staring at the ceiling. He wanted to feel rage and malice, but all he felt was helplessness and sorrow. He wanted no visitors. No phone calls. No pity. Gant simply wanted to be left alone to punish himself, allowing the memories of the accident to gather and assault his senses. It was so stupid, he kept telling himself. So damn stupid.
December 5, 1988 | EDWARD J. BOYER, Times Staff Writer
Actor Gary Busey, whose 1978 performance in "The Buddy Holly Story" won an Academy Award nomination, was critically injured Sunday in a motorcycle accident in Culver City, police said. Busey, 44, of Malibu, was driving west on Washington Boulevard near Robertson Boulevard at 11:40 a.m. when his Harley-Davidson motorcycle fell to the ground, Culver City Police Sgt. Karin Reagan said. "He was thrown off, and the back of his head struck the curb," Reagan said. "He was not wearing a helmet."
April 15, 1985 | United Press International
A U.S. airman was killed and another seriously injured in motorcycle accidents in northern Italy on Sunday, police said. Police said that Gary Scroggin, 20, died after his motorcycle went off a road near the U.S. Air Force base at Aviano, 43 miles northeast of Venice.
September 25, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Three motorcyclists have been killed in traffic accidents during the annual Street Vibrations motorcycle festival in Reno, authorities said. Nevada Highway Patrol Sgt. John Schilling said tow truck operators have responded to 35 other motorcycle accidents resulting in minor to moderate injuries. The five-day gathering ends Sunday after drawing about 40,000 motorcycle enthusiasts. Motorcyclists were killed Friday on the Mount Rose Highway just southwest of Reno, on U.S.
December 18, 1988
Re Roger Simon's "The True Cost of Motorcycle Accidents" (Dec. 11): I agree that not wearing a motorcycle helmet is stupid. I also agree that my right to be stupid is a God-given right. I appreciate that it's fine with Simon if I want to be stupid. And, if I should have an accident, I certainly won't ask him to also be stupid and pay for it. Here's the sensible solution. Require completion of a comprehensive riding course. And require sufficient financial responsibility to cover any contingencies, including long-term medical care.
Where's the safest place to ride a motorcycle? A quiet cul-de-sac, a one-way street or a remote country road? None of the above. According to motorcycling experts, the safest place to ride a street bike is on the freeway. Indeed, the most comprehensive motorcycle accident study ever undertaken validates that idea. "It was a bit of a surprise," said David Thom, one of the authors of a federally sponsored 1981 USC study that is still considered the definitive report in the field.
September 3, 1995
I was outraged after reading the tiny article in the July 24 paper about the motorcyclist killed in Reseda on Saturday evening. The article states that the driver of the auto was not [seriously] injured or held, but an investigation continued. Why? This person killed a motorcyclist while making an illegal left turn. Once again the legal system says it's open season on motorcyclists. They force us to wear helmets "for our own good" but refuse to do anything about these killers behind the wheel.
August 19, 1988
You wrote Aug. 12 about a person on a motorcycle being killed. While I am sorry for his family, I am curious to know what he was doing riding 100 m.p.h. on the Ventura Freeway and, of course, why you insist on saying that he wasn't wearing a helmet. Do you honestly believe that a helmet would have made a difference? On numerous occasions, you have had articles about people involved in motorcycle accidents, and you're quick to mention that they weren't wearing helmets. I ride a motorcycle every day. I am 36 years old, and it is my choice to ride without a helmet.
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