Motorcyclist Dies in Zion Park

Posted by George Tait | Mar 08, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Salt Lake Tribune reported yesterday that 52-year-old Eugene Carlston lost control of his motorcycle and crashed yesterday at about 5:30 pm. The crash occurred south of Kolob Terrace Road where he apparently drove off the pavement, laid the motorcycle on its side and slid. Mr. Carlston suffered severe head trauma.

I do not know if this man was riding alone or with friends at teh time of the crash but we do know, from the article, that he was not wearing a helmet. I am not really sure why newspaper reporters, that whenever they report on a motorcycle crash, feel obligated to report that the victim was not wearing a helmet if he was not. Let me explain. Have you ever read an article that says something like driver of car killed – all equipment was working and she was restrained by a seat belt? Not very often – why? Because that victim is following the law by ensuring that her vehicle was in good operating shape and she wore a seat belt. When a motorcyclist is killed and he is not wearing a helmet he is also following the law.

I really think sometimes that the newspapers have a hidden agenda and that is to have legislation introduced that mandates helmet use for motorcycle riders. Usually however I write-off these insensitive statements of non-helmet use to a desire to sensationalize an otherwise sad accident.

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George Tait

Since 2004 George Tait has dedicated his practice to helping injured people and their families get fair and full compensation from the insurance companies. Before becoming an attorney George Tait was a Registered Nurse for over 15 years. The last years of his nursing career were in the Universit...


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