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Playing Chicken

Lots of coverage in the press today of Antony Young, who has been awarded compensation by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority after being badly hurt in a crash caused by a 12-year old boy who deliberately ran into the road as a dare.

The case has been reported in very mixed ways – kudos to the Times, who put it in the headline that the boy was playing chicken, but the Telegraph headline is “Motorcyclist who killed boy gets compensation” – which suggests a whole other scenario and might leave casual readers quite angry.

Presumably this crash is one of those claimed in aid by biking’s critics who like to argue that motorcycles are more dangerous to pedestrians than cars. It just goes to show that the real stories are always more complicated than the statistics.

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