The facts are related of a criminal case in Massachusetts which arose from a fatal assault on a motorcycle rider and passenger by an automobile operator, encouraged by his passenger (the operator's son). Excerpts from the opinion of the Appeals Court, written by Justice Kent B. Smith, are given. Two points that emerge from this case are first, motorcyclists are not "fair game," even if they engage in what some drivers consider "provoking" behavior, and second, that legal point is cold comfort to the surviving motorcycle passenger. Motorcyclists are cautioned to remember two things: first, that they will always be at a potentially fatal disadvantage with any avenging four-wheeler; and second, that part of riding alert and defensively is the awareness that there are drivers out there, drunk or sober, who consider a motorcycle a fair target.

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    Fancy Publications Incorporated

    P.O. Box 6050
    Mission Viejo, CA  United States  92690
  • Authors:
    • Townley, F B
  • Publication Date: 1985-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 44-45
  • Serial:
    • Road Rider
    • Volume: 16
    • Issue Number: 12
    • Publisher: Fancy Publications Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0035-7243

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00495684
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-039 525
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1990 12:00AM