Thursday night, just after 11:00 pm, a couple on a scooter on 200 West and 200 South in downtown Salt Lake City were struck by a taxi cab. It appears that the cab was headed west on 200 South and the scooter was headed west on 200 South. At this time the cause of the crash is under investigation but police do not suspect alcohol or speed were factors in the scooter crash.
From the pictures at the scene it appears that the taxi cab may have been making a left-hand turn and entered the scooter's lane of travel. Also from the pictures at the scene of the scooter crash it appears that at least one of the occupants of the scooter went over the hood of the taxi cab and crashed into the windshield of the cab. This crash needs to be investigated in detail to determine who was at fault.
KSL points out that neither of the scooter riders were wearing helmets. If both were 18 years or older neither of the scooter riders were required to wear helmets. I understand that news agencies have a duty to report the news accurately but, in my opinion, they also have responsibility to point out in tis case that the two scooter riders were following the law. In a court of law this continuing reporting that motorcycle or scooter riders were not wearing helmets while not reporting that helmets are not required has the appearance to put the blame on the riders. Often the cause of a crash at an intersection involving a motorcycle or a scooter is the fault of the vehicle driver. Often the first words out of the mouth of the offending driver is “I just didn't see them.”
Perhaps the law has to be applied more stringently or we need to enhance the penalties for “not seeing” motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, bicycles and even pedestrians. Perhaps if people started doing jail time that might help the rest of us see a little better.
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