It’s no secret that my job means that I see and go through some uncool things (like finding dead bodies). Being on the road all day driving to different jobs sites means that I deal with lunatics behind the wheel, too. But yesterday I saw something that really shook me up.
I was at a red light waiting. I saw a semi truck coming through the intersection on his green light. Right before the semi truck got into the intersection, a guy on a motorcycle turned directly in front of the semi truck.
When he landed on the ground, his legs were spread out, his arms were spread out, and his face was directly up. Not tilted in any direction, just straight up.
I got out of my truck and the guy had blood coming out of his eyes, out of his nose, his mouth, and his ears.
I saw this guy die.
The semi truck driver got out of his car, but I told him that the motorcyclist wasn’t alive and so he should probably wait in his truck. I did that because that semi truck driver just went through a pretty traumatic experience, too.
When the cops showed up, they felt the motorcyclists arm and his neck and then put a blue, plastic thing over the motorcyclists body. The motorcycle was wedged underneath the semi truck.
That semi truck was entering that intersection on a green light, going probably 50 mph, and that motorcyclist just had to get in front of him, had to make that turn just then.
I’m still shaken up by this, don’t know quite how to handle it.
I do wonder if it could have been prevented. Accidents do happen, though and they can’t all be prevented.
In this case, I feel like drivers in cars and trucks have to always be watching. Watching for motorcycles, bikes, and pedestrians (my sister was on her bicycle and got hit by a car just last year! She was, luckily, entirely unharmed).
But drivers in cars and trucks have big blind spots. And motorcycles are small with no blind spots. I feel like people who drive motorcycles have to be careful, too. Don’t be a bad a*s, don’t “hot dog” it and weave in and out of traffic. Those cars are moving machines driven by non-computer human minds; they’re not stand-still objects that you have to just get around like in Frogger.
I’m not saying that motorcycle accidents are all the motorcyclists fault, I’m just sayin’ that cars have big blind spots and can’t stop or turn on a dime. Motorcycle drivers need to follow the rules of the road and not think they’re gonna beat out cars or trucks, or “slide right past them” because one false move, and …
and the motorcyclist is going to be the one who gets hurt. Or dies.
Drive carefully out there, you guys!! Don’t be in a rush! Take your time and don’t drive like a douche! And if you have a motorcycle, drive extra careful!! And here’s some motorcycle driving tips in case you need ’em.