Inattention kills - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
Riding Proficiency Tips and suggestions for improving the rider's safety skills and riding techniques

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 23 Old 06-04-2013, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
PTRider's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
Posts: 7,437
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.

"Older people who are reasonable, good-tempered, and gracious will bear aging well. Those who are mean-spirited and irritable will be unhappy at every period of their lives.

"Let each of use properly whatever strengths he has and strive to use them well. If he does this, he will never find himself lacking."

Marcus Tullius Cicero
44 B.C.
PTRider is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 23 Old 06-04-2013, 09:19 PM
eaglefrq's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: VA
Posts: 140
A sobering reminder that we have to be alert at all times.

Most motorcycle problems are caused by the nut that connects the handlebars to the seat.

2012 DL650 - Havin' a blast!
2006 Suzuki VStar 1100 - To low to the ground, got tired of dragging the boards.
2009 BMW K1200GT - Couldn't do the high prices for EVERYTHING
2008 Yamaha FZ1 - Had to give up the sport bike style
2004 Suzuki SV650S - Outgrew it
2006 HD XL1200C - Tried but couldn't do the HD thing
eaglefrq is offline  
post #3 of 23 Old 06-04-2013, 10:31 PM
micah360's Avatar
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Colorado
Posts: 69
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.
micah360 is offline  
post #4 of 23 Old 06-05-2013, 03:51 AM
*noolis*'s Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Seattle
Posts: 166
Awful and close to home.
*noolis* is offline  
post #5 of 23 Old 06-05-2013, 11:06 AM
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Pasadna area
Posts: 13,448
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?
notacop is online now  
post #6 of 23 Old 06-05-2013, 01:45 PM
Super Trooper!
BobDGr8's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Aiken, SC
Posts: 58
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.

When life throws you a curve, lean into it.

2012 V-Strom 1000
BobDGr8 is offline  
post #7 of 23 Old 06-05-2013, 03:33 PM
DougInKY's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Bowling Green, KY
Posts: 1,253
Send a message via AIM to DougInKY Send a message via Skype™ to DougInKY
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.

2007 Wee-Strom (*SOLD*)
2009 Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive
1980 Honda Express (my toy!)
DougInKY is offline  
post #8 of 23 Old 06-06-2013, 12:24 PM
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Ohio
Posts: 23
Sad news and a sobering reminder. Thanks for sharing.
Ovaltine is offline  
post #9 of 23 Old 06-07-2013, 10:16 PM
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Norway
Posts: 42
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.
Tai is offline  
post #10 of 23 Old 06-07-2013, 11:48 PM
Scott E. Bonds's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Elk Creek, Kentucky
Posts: 2,361
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.

2007 Blue SuperVee 1000
2013 Grey Super Te'ne're' 1200
2002 White HD Road King Police (divorced)
2000 Red Honda XR 400r
2003 Green Honda Rincon 650 ATV

If it is not broken, it can still be fixed
Scott E. Bonds is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome