Jump to content

10 Common Motorcycle Accidents and How To Avoid Them


Recommended Posts

InternetTough

It is not a matter of being "risk adverse". It is a matter of being smart.

I knew a motorcyclist in Korea  who had his back broken while waiting for a traffic light to change at night. There was no other traffic. He was looking at the red light and the next thing he remembers is being carried into the ambulance. 

 

If he were in a car, he would probably have only been knocked into the center of the intersection, and would have jumped out of his car, hopping mad at the drunk driver of the truck that hit him.

 

Yes, he could probably have taken some defensive measures that could have saved his back, but as a character said on "The Wire", "How are you never going to be a little slow or a little late?"

 

The bright side of the story? He got half a million dollars out of it. Dark side? If he wanted to sit up, someone had to lift him up and tie him to his chair. Also: Much pain.

 

 

Of course, I write this as someone who rides the motorized tricycles around here. But I always am shaking my head at my lack of prudence the whole time.

Edited by InternetTough
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 43
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

  • Terrance

    7

  • thebob

    6

  • InternetTough

    6

  • Canuck Joe

    5

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

crossing the street is dangerous...guess I better just sit right here in my rocking chair   no way man

http://rideapart.com/2013/08/10-common-motorcycle-accidents-and-how-to-avoid-them/

If you are so risk averse, I doubt that Cebu is the right place for you.

SkyMan

 

 

According to Wikipedia and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, per unit of distance travelled, riding a motorcycle is 35 times more likely to result in a fatal accident than driving a passenger car.*
Remember that's a western statistic where speeds are substantially higher.  You can certainly get in a wreck here but if you're wearing a real helmet your chances of fatality are much lower.  And as long as you're driving responsibly, wrecks don't happen that often.
Link to post
Share on other sites
InternetTough

Remember that's a western statistic where speeds are substantially higher.  You can certainly get in a wreck here but if you're wearing a real helmet your chances of fatality are much lower.  And as long as you're driving responsibly, wrecks don't happen that often.

Yes, the speeds are a lot slower here, that is for sure. Some of the things I have seen while riding a taxi on the SRP make me feel sorry for the motorcycle riders, however. Here, there is undoubtedly more of a problem with underpowered bikes than 200hp sports bikes, too. They need to move some of the horsepower from NY and other like places to here---it would improve safety in both places.

Edited by InternetTough
Link to post
Share on other sites

The link works for me. But, quite frankly, you can stop reading after the first sentence. Here it is in case the link does not work for you: Riding a motorcycle is dangerous.  Well, we can thank the makers of this video for honesty. The best way to avoid a motorcycle accident is not to ride a motorcycle. Eventually, sooner or later, fate and the odds catch up with motorcycle riders.

   

This reminds me of a link that I saw the other day... 

 

An Open Letter to Every Person I Meet Who Finds Out I Ride a Motorcycle

 

Let me stop you right there, mmmm-kay? I can tell by that little intake of breath what’s coming next. Thank you in advance, but I already know that motorcycles are “dangerous.” After nearly twenty years of riding on the streets, I am aware; telling me now will not be a revelation. It is not an insight into my lifestyle that has remained hidden from me until this, the moment of epiphany when you shine the light of outsider wisdom on my foolhardy choices.

 

There are ways I can minimize the risk — by riding defensively, riding sober, knowing my own and my machine’s capabilities, etc. — but I also know there are some risks that are simply beyond my control. But you know what? There a lots of risks that are within my control. We’ve become so pathologically risk-averse that for most people it is inconceivable to assume any additional risk no matter how much joy you might get back in return.

 

You want to know what’s truly dangerous? Not taking any risks. Hanging out with like-minded middle-of-the-roaders. Absorbing the same brain-ossifying shit from media factories every day. Jogging. Putting helmets, flotation devices, and auto-deploy epi-pens on your kids every time they leave the house. Passivity. Not paying attention to where your car, or your life, or you country is going.

 

If you don’t get that, that’s OK. I’m not trying to convert anybody, but here are a few tips to save us both a little aggravation:

 

You don’t need to tell me the horror story about your uncle’s buddy who wiped out his chopper while drag racing at some hooligan rally. That just makes me wish I were talking to your uncle’s buddy instead of you. He sounds pretty cool.

 

Do not — do NOT — tell me about the time you almost Sausage Creatured a biker because you “couldn’t see him” or he “came out of nowhere.” I have never known a bike to come out of nowhere, but I have seen plenty of cars pull a Crazy Ivan and turn into a lane occupied by a biker or make an impromptu unsignalled left turn in front of an oncoming me. If you’re expecting me to share your outrage at the temerity of bikers to be in the lane you want, you’re more deluded than a goldfish with a passport. I can’t make you see bikes. I can’t make you hang up your phone. They won’t let me mount a .50-caliber machine gun to my bike. So really, there’s not much I can do to change the outcome of your anecdote, so save it for your coreligionists who also have stick-figure families and giant softball stickers with the name “Tailyr” or “Flynn” or “Shyly” on their rear windows.

 

I do wear a helmet, as a matter of fact, along with other protective gear. But, the fact that you “certainly hope” I wear a helmet is so condescending it makes me want to ride a tricycle completely naked doing doughnuts in your front yard screaming Beastie Boys lyrics at midnight. Trust me, you do not want that. My buttocks are extremely pale and unsightly, especially in moonlight.

 

Please, do not complain about bikes parking in car parking spaces. Where are we supposed to park? If they let us park up on the curb like in Europe, we would totally do that, and precious few parking lots have motorcycle parking areas. Most cops already have a hard-on for bikes, so parking anywhere but in a designated spot is asking to be impounded.

 

Yes, I know, some bikes have very loud exhaust. Maybe it’s obnoxious, but at least you knew they were there, didn’t you? They say loud pipes save lives. I don’t know if that’s true, because there hasn’t been a serious comprehensive study of motorcycle safety since 1981, the poetically named Hurt Report. And yes, I know, at one point you probably saw some kid riding his 600cc sport bike at 100mph doing a wheelie down the freeway. He’s a squid, and he’ll either grow up or just take care of himself. Some bikers do crazy things. Anti-social things. Unsanctioned things. I don’t represent him and he doesn’t represent me — that’s the great part of being a biker. I could be a Lowbrow Weirdo or Antoine Predock or Lyle Lovett or just whatever I want to be.

 

If you’re really so all-fire concerned about my safety, don’t preach at me. Just do me this one favor: pay attention when you’re driving. Keep your greasy fingers off your touch-screen, put down your phone, use your turn signals and lay off the booze before you get on the road with me. You take care of your part and I’ll take care of mine.

 

But hang-gliding, man, that shit is crazy.

 

Source Link: http://rideapart.com/2012/06/an-open-letter-to-every-person-i-meet-who-finds-out-i-ride-a-motorcycle/

  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites

The very first line of the 1st awareness paragraph is where most Pinoys fail the most:

 

 

 

Simple, you just need to see it coming. Part of your job as a motorcyclist is to develop a precognitive sixth sense. Look for signs that could indicate someone may turn in front of you: a car is at an intersection waiting to turn, there’s a gap in traffic near an intersection, driveway or parking lot.

 

One could even say general recklessness is part of everything in PH not just riding a motorcycle.

 

Kids playing on the street for example? Never seen that here right? It's not even frowned upon let alone advised/warned against doing it.

 

Tearing down the road not "expecting" anything to cut you off or run out in front of you is SOP for the pinoy rider.

 

I count not count how many times a pinoy rider fly's past me from behind.

 

Let's not even start to talk about Pinoy Bus drivers.

 

Anyways for us/me as foreigners just simply practicing a more aware and conservative riding style and your chances of accident decrease 100 fold.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Canuck Joe

crossing the street is dangerous...guess I better just sit right here in my rocking chair

 

no way man

Edited by Canuck Joe
  • Like 5
Link to post
Share on other sites

The link works for me. But, quite frankly, you can stop reading after the first sentence. Here it is in case the link does not work for you: Riding a motorcycle is dangerous.    Well, we can thank the makers of this video for honesty.  The best way to avoid a motorcycle accident is not to ride a motorcycle. Eventually, sooner or later,  fate and the odds catch up with motorcycle riders.  Here is a lesson from our French speaking friends. In Senegal (where the colonial language was French) a motorcycle is called a "tomber-morts".  Anyone care to translate that bastardization of the Gallic tongue? 

 

I'll give it a shot "fall down dead".

 

However, it doesn't need a 10 ways to die piece to say that anything is dangerous. There are probably only 3 differences between riding a motorcycle and driving a car/SUV/truck.

 

1. A motorcycle has only 2 wheels - it is easier for a motorcycle to fall over. Slick roads and gravel don't help.The physics of riding a motorbike are just a little more critical than the physics of driving a car.

2. As a car driver, I don't really care about front or rear brakes. As a motorcycle rider I have to care.

3. A motorcycle is generally not equipped with crumple zones, seat belts and airbags.

 

Every other way to die (or kill someone) mentioned is the same for 2 and 4+ wheel vehicles. Not focussing on the task at hand (which is driving - not daydreaming, eating, drinking coffee, catching up with email, friends or the latest sports news will generally lead to some form of incident. Whether I cause the incident or not, those 3 differences above will come into play.

 

I am not a big bike fan. I had an unpleasant experience at 16 trying to learn to ride a very old BSA 250.  I do like the smaller, scooter types. I had a lot of fun riding a Velo Solex in France in my youth. I wouldn't dream of riding a 125 automatic scooter around here where I would be in a significant minority or in any of the bigger cities in the Philippines. I am quite happy to ride that in provincial Philippines where most every other vehicle is similar.  

Link to post
Share on other sites
Terrance

This is rich, really rich.  The people who actually make the "motorcycle safety" video, say right up front that riding a motorcycle is dangerous. They don't equivocate by saying that the degree of danger relates to the experience of the rider, or to the road conditions, or to traffic, or to anything else. No. They tell it like it is with no caveats. It is dangerous.  And when someone points this out; that the very people who are advocating motorcycle safety admit up front that motorcycle riding is dangerous, some motorcycle enthusiasts get all bent out of shape with the "many things in life are dangerous" and the "don't tell me what to do and not to do" lines of BS. Hey, if you riders out there are bent out of shape, complain to your brethren... the people who actually made the video.  At least they are being honest about motorcycle riding. And, by the way, when you are laid-up in the hospital (for no fault of your own, of course, because it will always be the fault of some distracted driver... never mind that it is your flesh and blood that is smeared across the pavement) I hope you will continue to spout nonsense about the safety of motorcycle riding.  

Link to post
Share on other sites
thebob

 

 

This is rich, really rich.  The people who actually make the "motorcycle safety" video, say right up front that riding a motorcycle is dangerous.

 

Yes they do but "everything" is dangerous. It's just a matter of degree.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

I knew a motorcyclist in Korea  who had his back broken while waiting for a traffic light to change at night. There was no other traffic. He was looking at the red light and the next thing he remembers is being carried into the ambulance.

One of the things an experienced rider will do is watch the mirrors like a hawk if he's the first and only vehicle at a red light. Slightly less dangerous is being the last vehicle in line at the red but in places like California we don't have that issue because we split the lanes at the stop if there are cars already waiting. This looks dangerous to people who don't know how the danger works, but it's actually safer for everyone; that's why it's legal.

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
Terrance

Dear Canuck Joe;  Yes, it is.  But it would be even richer if you would learn how to spell. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
Terrance

By the way, Joe, who would you guess pays lower life insurance premiums, nerds or motorcycle riders?   Oh.... of course it would be nerds because, after all, it is nerds who determine the life insurance rates.  All the motorcycle riders are either bitching about high rates, or visiting their friends in the hospital. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

By the way, Joe, who would you guess pays lower life insurance premiums, nerds or motorcycle riders?   Oh.... of course it would be nerds because, after all, it is nerds who determine the life insurance rates.  All the motorcycle riders are either bitching about high rates, or visiting their friends in the hospital.

All the motorcycle riders I know are nerds (computer programmers) so , hmm.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Canuck Joe

Dear Canuck Joe;  Yes, it is.  But it would be even richer if you would learn how to spell.

 

Just having fun with you old sport...thanks for calling me Dear, very sweet :-)
  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Guidelines. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue..