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Steve Farrell  says:

SMIDSY driver cleared over rider’s death

A motorist who pulled out on a motorcyclist has been cleared of causing the rider’s death by careless driving.  Driver Ian MacIntyre, 58, was found not guilty after a jury heard he simply didn’t see Ducati rider David Blackburn, 53, who was fatally injured. MacIntyre pulled across the A155 in Hagnaby, Lincolnshire, in his Jaguar XF sports car in April...

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Jun 07

Posts: 14

bibickeybi says:

Your life is only worth community service

Woman pleads guilty to Paul Henderson Plymouth death crash

Mr Henderson had been riding his motorcycle when he was involved in a collision
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• Woman is charged over fatal crash
A woman has admitted causing the death of a Plymouth motorcyclist in Devon.
Doreen Fairweather, 57, from Arlington Way, Bristol, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving.
She was arrested after the crash, involving her Vauxhall Merivar, killed Paul Henderson on the A38.
At Plymouth Magistrates' Court she was disqualified from driving for 18 months and ordered to carry out 240 hours of community service.
Mr Henderson, 45, died in the collision on the St Budeaux slip road on the A38, Parkway in Plymouth when Fairweather's car crashed into his blue Triumph Tiger motorcycle.
The accident happened on 30 January.

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Oct 11

Posts: 2792

Piglet2010 says:

No Better in the US

Here in the US, you may go to jail if you ride 90 mph on an empty rural freeway (motorway) at 5 AM on a summer morning, but not even receive a citation/fine if you kill a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist with a 4-ton luxury SUV (the richer you are, the less likely you are to be charged).

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Nov 10

Posts: 296

COZ69 says:


 I hope in future they only have people on the jury that dont have driving lisences so they can see who is clearly at fault, or better still only people with bike lisences so we can start to put these murdering twats in jail!!!

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Aug 02

Posts: 59

daveb says:

Clearly you're full of crap.

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Sep 11

Posts: 257


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Nov 08

Posts: 122

rcraven says:

smidsy cleared

If this had been about a train driver  heading at speed into the sun and he or she failed to see a red light indicAting a problem on the line ahead and subsequently people lost their lives would a jury have found the driver not gulty because of poor visibility   I THINK NOT. The full extent of the law would have been used.


This should go to appeal because it could be usedby unscrupulous solicitors or barristers in other circumstances as a defence to all smidsys. AND THAT  CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN.

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Oct 05

Posts: 135

romford4 says:

Every week

Same old shit court judgements happening every week now.  Here's one from last week - guy got 6 points and a £600 fine.  Judge said a ban wasn't appropriate as the guy had a 30yr clean record.

No-one gives a fuck about their driving these days, and why should they?...  Be as incompetent or as careless as you like, kill someone, and all you get is a slap on the wrist.  As long as you're not committing the cardinal sin of speeding or DD, the OB and the courts aren't interested. 

At my most recent CPC day on the lorries we watched a few video clips of careless/dangerous driving.  One was a Korean (I think) coach driver who wiped out 4 people due to a momentary lapse of attention.  He was  executed in front of a firing squad for that one... no f**king about in that part of the world!

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Jan 10

Posts: 431

rlf3 says:


Riding a bike carries additional risk.

This additional risk is chosen by the rider so surely it is the rider who accepts responsibility for their choice of vehicle?

Would he have been seen if he was in a car?

If he wasn't seen in a car would his injuries have proven fatal?

Road users make mistakes and bikers are massively more likely to be killed, these are two inescapable facts.

If you don't like that, don't ride a bike.

We are not in possession of all the evidence which was presented to the jury so we are in no position to criticise their verdict.

I rather suspect that MCN are cynically using this tragedy as a means of increasing their circulation.

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Feb 11

Posts: 38

krustchoff says:

bikers lives ? how much ?.

typical outcome, biased against the biker.if it had been a padestrian that was killed would he still be found not at fault? or the fact the padestrian chooses to walk makes it ok to run them over because they chose to walk. shite, shite and more shite.

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Oct 11

Posts: 2792

Piglet2010 says:

No End...

@ rlf3 – Sure, blame motorcycle riders for not having 1+ tons of steel around them. By that logic, if a HGV crushes a Range Rover, the Rover driver is at fault for only driving a vehicle that weighs 3 tons instead of 40 tons. Where does it end, everyone going around in 90-ton armored personnel carriers?

To be just, the law has to put the burden on road users who pose the most danger to others, not the most vulnerable.

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