Those of us who live to ride and ride to call home are well aware about the old saying;
“There are two kinds of motorcycle riders; those who’ve been down and those who will.”
We are well conscious of the risks in the open road and most people have had our share of close calls. When the fit hits the shan, it’s those moments that remind us it does not matter how careful we have been there is always some knucklehead on the market ready to ruin an excellent day. All we can easily hope for is at the split-second we’re alert and react fast. Often, it’s our attitude during that space soon enough that makes a big difference.
Not sometime ago during the Coronavirus Crisis our in Sunny Southern California, Malibu more specifically – Neptune’s Net was offering up ‘To Go Only’ orders there was a distinct cars which turned onto Yerba Buena Road after each received their diet. The cars then aligned facing down Yerba Buena on the stop to remain Pacific Coast Highway. The impatient drivers attempting to make left turns and head back to Santa Monica often made unsafe pullouts onto PCH.
One such car served in front of a bicycle, in addition to being you probably guess, this story didn’t end well. The driver from the SUV filled up with people later told officers that they didn’t view the motorcycle. That’s interesting because every one of the eye-witnesses saw the motorcycle, and heard it too. It was obviously a bright shiny bike with plenty of chrome along with an experienced rider with the exceptional girlfriend about the back. They’d logged over 10,000 miles together during the last decade.
The driver realizing her mistake for reasons unknown froze and stopped in lieu of continuing the turn. The biker had no destination to go. The rider admitted traveling 6 or 7 miles per hour above the posted speed and a few might say he was partially responsible. You know what? It doesn’t matter, is still not legal to drag out into traffic when another vehicle is approaching.
Now it is hard to say in the event the driver from the SUV was preoccupied with rowdy passengers, rewrapping her lunch to eat for the drive back, txt messaging, or simply had a brain fart. She was the culprit. The motorcycle rider a grade three sprained ankle, a bit of road rash, a concussion, and hurt both his wrists. Needless to convey, he will not be working for quite some time. His bike was nearly totaled, seen a grown man cry? His lady friend will likely be okay, however they did wind up taking her away in a ambulance. Guess the amount that cost?
Since the gentleman around the motorcycle is often a construction contractor who happened to nevertheless be busy concluding his backlog of work through the coronavirus pandemic his financial losses will likely be substantial. His injuries may prevent him from working in addition to being mentioned his beautiful one-of-a-kind bike was totaled or all-around it. He’ll desire a new one or are completely rebuilt.
Luckily, he’s a lifer and won’t stop riding, nor will his gal. Still, correctly compensated fairly due to this accident. A serious accident with injuries attributable to yet another left-turning oblivious driver who just doesn’t understand life on Earth.