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post #1 of 23 Old 06-04-2013, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Inattention kills

A rear ender at 10 am, in clear weather, on the interstate. The motorcycle rear ended an SUV stopped in a line of cars due to a crash ahead. The rider died.

A young woman was killed Monday morning when her speeding motorcycle rear-ended an SUV on Interstate 5....a car had spun out earlier, hitting the left guardrail, causing a traffic slowdown and backup to form on the southbound lanes of the freeway. The motorcyclist, on a Honda touring cycle, was traveling at a speed too fast for conditions as she approached the backup in the southbound lanes of I-5. She slammed into the back of a VW Touareg that had either stopped or slowed for the backup, said Trooper Cliff Pratt. The motorcycle burst into flames and hit the pavement after the crash.
Woman killed in motorcycle crash on I-5 near Smokey Pt. | Local & Regional | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News

Stay alert to conditions. Watch in front, watch from side to side, and use your mirrors. The greatest safety devices are your eyes and your brain. Use them.

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post #2 of 23 Old 06-04-2013, 09:19 PM
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A sobering reminder that we have to be alert at all times.

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I passed by a wreck on our super-busy interstate (I-25) last week on the way to get my new tires mounted. It's a 6 lane spot where it happened and 3 lanes were shut down. I was on my bike so I got a pretty good look passing by and it was a white Sportster and a black Jeep. The guy had shorts on and a t-shirt (and I'm sure no helmet since it was a Harley) and there were about 6 paramedics trying to stabilize him and load him up.

It scared the holy crap out of me.

After passing the wreck all the cars flew past me racing back up to 80 mph right off the bat. I guess it didn't phase them at all.
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Awful and close to home.
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post #5 of 23 Old 06-05-2013, 11:06 AM
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Some folks don't use the 12 second rule when driving/riding. Look as far ahead as you can to avoid those up close and personal moments.
If you can't see around a corner, should you be accelerating or maintaining the same speed?
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post #6 of 23 Old 06-05-2013, 01:45 PM
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And be sure to stay on your rearviews so you don't end up at the opposite end. Watched a guy stopped on a bike get rear ended by a texting driver a few years back. It wasn't pretty.

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I had a close friend killed when she and her boyfriend stopped at a red light. They were hit from behind by a drunk (2pm clear weather) doing approx. 65 miles an hour. The rider (my friends boyfriend) broke his lower back and is a paraplegic. She came off the bike and through the windshield of the drunks vehicle. All of us had been begging them to wear helmets, but they were not wearing them the day of the accident. She died from a closed head injury that the docs said she would have survived if she had been wearing a helmet, any helmet is what the doc said at Vanderbilt Trauma.

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Sad news and a sobering reminder. Thanks for sharing.
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post #9 of 23 Old 06-07-2013, 10:16 PM
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I cannot for the life of me imagine riding a motorcycle without a helmet. Why on earth would you do that too yourselfe!?! As a motorcyclist you`ll allways come out on the loosing end in an accident so you have to take every precaution you can. Helmet, proper padded suit and everything that comes with it. I rather be swetty than skinned.
I see there is a discussion on another forum that talks about laws vs choice. Some people claim that its their own right to choose not to wear a helmet since its their life. Ok, what about the life of the people you leave behind when you die? Or the other drivers that has to see your brains spread across the road after you crash? Thats gonna leave a mark. And the paramedics that have to spend precious time saving your life thats hanging by a thread after you didnt wear a helmet when they could be saving some poor kid or some innocent pedestrian hit by a drunk driver. The consequenses are huge.

Just wear a helmet. If not for yourselfe then for your family or the rest of us.
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It goes to show, you can be a good rider but take your mind off the game for a few seconds and you are DONE.

Helmet, sure...same with the gear. But the main thing was somebody was not thinking about riding.

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