- Jul 8, 2003
been 'lucky' more times than I care to remember....it is amazing how easy it is at 65 mph to get into trouble. Teaching Le Twit driving now (16 in November) and I keep telling him the unexpected lurks.There are so many risks a motorcyclist faces, it's a wonder the sport has survived as long as it has.
I've had to 'step off' several times, but not at high speeds or an obstacle involved in my path.
But I had one incident, about 33 years ago that made me take more notice of events playing out in front of me and from the sides.
I was traveling on I75 in Ohio, Cincinnati to Dayton on my 750 Honda.
I was in the middle lane and came up on a Brinks ( ? ) armored truck.
Couldn't pass with traffic on both sides.
I got antsy because I couldn't see traffic ahead of the Brinks.
First chance I got I swung into the right lane.
In an eye blink ( yes, that quickly ) the Brinks ran over a tire and wheel that had come off a tractor-trailer rig and was laying flat. He hit it square in his lane.
All his wheels left the ground.
I would have been next in line.
That was fast traffic. I didn't see what happened behind me.
But I saw a tractor-trailer rig parked off on the berm a quarter mile later with the driver inspecting the rear of his rig where one of the outside wheels at the rear was missing.
It took me almost a month before I rode again. Anywhere.
Since then, on an Interstate, I've never allowed myself to get so close behind a truck I couldn't see at least several hundreds of feet ahead.
And I drive a car the same way since, also.
I was just lucky.
That is absolutely true Karen, My husband's friend, and friend of our neighbor below us was in a motorcycle accident, and was very lucky to survive. Our friend was driving a heavy Harley, and wound up sliding underneath a vehicle that was turning the same direction as he, and the two collided, and he fell sideways since he made to sharp of a turn in conjunction with the collision. The bike crushed one side of his body and he was life flighted to a hospital that is experienced in dealing with accident victims in the trauma unit. He was very lucky to have recovered fully and survive the accident.There were five fatalities of motorcycle riders in five separate accidents here in one day last Friday!
One was a motocross bike that was hit by a pickup truck and it's not obvious yet who was at fault as we don't know the full details of what happened.
Another was a car that hit a motorcycle when making a left turn saying they didn't see it.
A third was a pickup truck coming from the opposite direction that went out of their lane for an unknown reason and hit the motorcycle.
The fourth involved a car and motorcycle that were both heading in the same direction. The motorcycle was behind and the idiot woman driving the car decided to make a U-turn right in front of him.
The last one involved three motorcycles who were following each other single file. Another idiot driver of a truck stopped at a stop sign at an intersection and then continued on cutting the path of the bike riders. The first one had no chance and slammed into the truck and died, the second slid to try to avoid it and suffered minor injuries and the third was able to stop in time.
What is wrong with people?
All of you who do ride stay safe out there and always watch for and try to anticipate the stupid things other drivers may do. I know we all should do that but it's even more important when riding something so vulnerable.
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