Police vehicle rams motorcycle, settlement results

Injuries and fatalities caused by police vehicles occur with alarming frequency. Such was the case in the summer of 2010 when a speeding K-9 unit crashed into a motorcycle stopped at a light in Indianapolis. The rider, Eric Wells, 30, was killed. After nearly two years, the city settled a lawsuit filed by Wells’ family for $1.5 million. According to one media account, Eric’s father, Aaron Wells, said: “Does it make you feel better? No. But any time you can put something behind you in this whole matter helps. We don't have to be concerned about future court dates and further decisions.

Car fatalities down, but not motorcycle deaths

Motorcycles, though fun to ride, continue to be a most dangerous mode of transportation. A report commissioned by the Governors Highway Safety Association has found that while overall highway accident deaths have been on the decline, the same is not true for motorcycle riders. Data for 2011 showed that motorcycle fatalities remained at about 4,500, roughly the same as 2011. In the meantime, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration projected a decline in overall vehicle fatalities of 1.7 percent for 2011 -- reaching their lowest level since 1949.