Motorcycle is a "Total Loss"
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|Thu, 04-10-2003 - 7:48pm|
He only had it for a year and a half. We can't afford another motorcycle, let alone a car, right now, so we're stuck with the bus, which wastes a lot of time, and doesn't take us where we need to go. It's all a damn mess.
If he'd been in an accident, I wouldn't give a rip about the bike as long as he was OK. Because it was hit by a (probably drunk) driver while parked, though, it makes me so angry. And there were not one but two hit-and-run jerks involved, because the first hit it pretty hard from the side, leaving it leaning onto the bumper of the car parked next to it (according to witnesses). When that car drove away, the bike smashed onto the pavement. More damage was probably done when it fell than when it was hit. The second driver couldn't just stand it up?! The kickstand was down, it wouldn't have taken much effort!
So I beg all of you:
1) Be careful parking next to motorcycles. The "love tap" on a bumper that you're used to when parallel parking next to a car can knock a motorcycle over. Newsflash: A motorcycle is not a bicycle. Any time a motorcycle gets knocked over, it costs at least $500 to fix the damage.
2) Don't assume motorcyclists are rich. Most urban motorcyclists are saving money by riding a motorcycle. It is not an extra luxury vehicle, purchased in addition to a car, but the primary mode of transportation. People use them to get to work every day. Real people, not rock stars and daredevils. In suburban and rural areas motorcycles are more likely luxury vehicles, but not in the city.
3) If you hit a vehicle, LEAVE A FREAKING NOTE! I know I'm asking a lot in the ethics department, but have some common decency. It's the least you can do when you've screwed up someone's life.