From roadcc:

“The incident happened on the state road 18 at Lamezia Terme, in the province of Catanzaro, Calabria. Six of the cyclists died at the scene, the seventh while he was being airlifted by helicopter to receive emergency treatment, and the eighth in hospital.

Other members of the group with which they were riding remain in hospital, some injured seriously.

The driver was named by Rome-based newspaper Il Messagero as 21-year-old Moroccan citizen Chafik Elketani, a resident of Gizzeria in the province of Catanzaro.

After hitting the group of cyclists, Elketani is believed to have lost control of the vehicle, which finished up off the road.

The accident is said to have happened while he was attempting to overtake another vehicle at high speed, hitting the group of cyclists, who were travelling in the opposite direction and had no time to brake, head-on.

Elketani was himself slightly injured in the crash, and after receiving emergency treatment in the hospital in Lamezia Terme, the driver was taken to the medical centre in Catanzaro’s jail.

The dead cyclists, all male, all came from Lamezia Terme and included 58-year-old Fortunato Bernardi, the owner of the gym to which their cycling club is affiliated, the uncle of Inter Milan footballer Felice Natalino.

“What we found on our arrival this morning was a terrible scene. Indescribable,” said Silvio Rocco, one of the first paramedics on the scene. “Not even a bomb could have caused something like this.”

He continued: “We were had been alerted about an incident in which, according to initial reports, only one cyclist was involved. Arriving on the scene, however, we saw that we were dealing with a massacre. They were all people whom we knew personally, so the blow was even more distressing. We alerted other emergency staff and the helicopter. It’s something that is truly disturbing.”


From Insurance Journal via Bicyclelaw’s website, an excerpt:

(the full link is on the right)

:

“March 2, 2010

Is an auto accident that kills one bicyclist and then within seconds injures a second considered one event or two under Georgia insurance law?

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled on March 1 that under Georgia law, this constitutes one accident.

The ruling in the case favored State Auto Property and Casualty Co., which raised the question after the families of the two bicyclists both sought the maximum $100,000 that its policy said it would pay for “any one accident.”

The insurer had raised the question about state law in the case in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, which asked the state court for guidance on the definition of an accident under Georgia insurance law.

On Feb. 3, 2008 on Georgia Route 315, Rachel Nicole Griffin’s Ford Explorer first hit and killed cyclist Matthew Scott Matty and then “just over a second” later struck and injured Jeffrey Michael Davis.

Matty’s widow, who had three children, sued Griffin and her parents, Frank and Karen Griffin. In December, a jury awarded Matty $3.4 million.

The insured’s policy with State Auto contained a limit of liability for bodily injury of $100,000 for “each accident.” The policy also stated that this limit of liability is the “maximum limit of liability for all damages resulting from any one auto accident.”

The policy did not define “accident,” “each accident,” or “any one accident.”

State Auto contended that the incident was one accident and that it was therefore responsible for providing only a single $100,000 limit of coverage.

The claimants, on the other hand, contended that there were two accidents and that State Auto was responsible for providing two $100,000 limits of coverage. They argued that since “accident” was not defined in the policy, courts may look to statutory and dictionary definitions and those suggest that “accident” must be construed to mean that two different impacts constitute two different accidents.

The court said the State Auto policy viewed as a whole “shows a clear intent to limit liability in accidents involving multiple vehicles.”

Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias writing for the majority in the 4-3 decision, stated:

“Automobile accidents involving multiple vehicles and multiple injured parties are an everyday occurrence on our roads. Recognizing this reality, this contractual language contemplates that there can be a single accident in which there are multiple vehicles, injured parties, and claims and provides that for that type of accident, there will be a liability limit of $100,000.”

The court said that defining accident as urged by the claimants by the number of impacts regardless of how close in time and place they occurred would mean that “there can never be one accident and a $100,000 limit of liability in a multiple vehicle collision because it is virtually impossible for multiple vehicles to collide truly simultaneously.”


Welcome

24Feb10

This blog is a collection of Multi-bike crashes (2-20 or more cyclists were injured or killed) and where a vehicle was involved.

Some of these horrendous bike crashes have ruined a cyclist’s Olympic career or other sporting achievements. Some have been killed or hit by hit-and-run motorist.

As some of our sporting celebrities concentrate on being on Game Shows,  I think need to focus on road safety. Some ex-tour cyclists have become bike lawyers, and a good thing too. We need more of them. We don’t need more game show hosts.

These multi-bike crashes should not be ‘hidden from the media’. Some cyclists have not heard about them at all or have only found the massacres in local papers.

I am particularly keen on how the laws round the world deal with his issue and whether it is increasing.

This blog is very reliant on hearing from other cyclists.

The Twitter account is simple – Multibikecrash