Motorcyclists Fighting for Stricter Laws About Crashes Involving Cars

A car pulling into a motorcyclist's lane More than one hundred members of the group ABATE of Florida, Inc. made their way to the Capitol on Monday to address legislators about issues they face as motorcyclists.

The state president of ABATE of Florida, Inc., James Reichenbach, said their main focus is trying to cut down on deaths due to drivers who are distracted. He wants to see a bill passed that protects the motorcyclists on the road.

Reichenbach said the most common type of crash involving a car and motorcycle is from left hand turns. Many people don’t see the motorcyclist. He believes this type of crash should be considered manslaughter.

“We’re getting killed. We’re getting run over by cars and trucks and everything else and trying to stop that. We’re fathers, we’re mothers, and we have children. We’re just like anybody else, we just happen to ride motorcycles, and we shouldn’t be an endangered species.", he said.

In what some would consider something of a contradiction, when asked about the fact that riders in Florida are not required to wear helmets, Reichenbach said that he believes that should remain a choice for any rider, not required by law. He argues that wearing a helmet is more of a distraction and dangerous for some riders than anything else.

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