It looks like we have another strong candidate for our annual “Stupid Motorcyclist Award.” Our readers are always sending us articles or stories showcasing potential honorees. If you have a good one, send it to us here. If we choose yours, we’ll send you a Riderz Law t-shirt.
This one comes to us from Modesto (Stanislaus County), California. Motorcyclist Andrew Satariano, age 30, was riding in Modesto when a California Highway Patrol officer tried to pull him over for speeding early Monday night. Instead of stopping and getting a speeding ticket, Mr. Satariano took off. He led the cops on a chase, through a residential area, then onto Carpenter Street, near the Tuolumne River. He jumped off his bike and into the river, floated downstream for a time, then hid in some brush. When he was finally caught, he was suffering from mild hypothermia. So instead of just a speeding ticket, this guy could have killed himself, and is now looking at serious time.
Idiots like this are dangerous to everyone, and make us legitimate riders look bad.
We bring these stories to your attention to remind you to ride safely. Rider error, whether caused by drinking and riding, excessive speed, or being distracted while riding, causes many motorcycle accidents, injuries and fatalities. Even more often, however, the accidents are caused by careless car drivers. Remember that the best defense is not a good motorcycle accident attorney — it’s to avoid accidents altogether. Not all motorcycle accidents can be avoided, but many can, by riding smart. Of course, the kind of idiocy described above is one-hundred percent avoidable.
Stay alert while you are riding, and never ride while you are intoxicated. We are motorcycle accident lawyers, but first and foremost, we are riders. We hope to see you on the road–not in the courtroom.