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Old 05-24-2019, 08:03 PM
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Rode my HD to the gas station to fill up. I was at the corner pump closest to Rt.1, Bel Air Rd. Lots of traffic on this beautiful Friday afternoon.
As I took the gas cap off and was ready to put my CC in the pump, I heard a motorcycle going by then the back wheel locked up breaking I believe.
I turned and was watching him slide up the road, then he hit one car then another one immediately after the first.
Not sure if he was trying to avoid a car turning in front of him or the tire blew, bike malfunction or what.
The sound of him hitting the cars was horrific. I could almost feel the impacts as I watched each of them.
I stopped what I was doing, left my bike at the pump and went towards the accident. Everyone at the pumps were like WTH!!!!

Multiple people were gathering at his side so they didn't need another person there so I stayed away. He was not moving.
I started directing traffic away from the crash having them go into the gas station, through Enterprise rental then back onto RT.1.
A bystander came by me and said he was not breathing and no one was doing CPR. I said, well there is enough people there, someone better start doing it. I considered going up. Someone did start a little while later.
Bike parts were everywhere. It literally tore the front end off, the forks at the triple tree, totally off the bike. They were about 20' from the rest of the bike. The front tire was completely off the rim. There wasn't a piece of the bike that wasn't damaged.
The first vehicle looked similar to a Jeep Liberty. The entire drivers side was extremely messed up from front to back. Hard to believe a motorcycle could do that much damage. The second car I couldn't see very well.

On a different note, as I was directing two lane traffic into one lane, off the main road and into the parking lot, one person was coming straight at me and had no intention of slowing down or going with the flow. He was in a large black Lincoln Navigator or Suburban. I thought where the hell is this guy going!!?? He was going to drive right by the guy in the road and the people helping and over top of the scatter bike parts. My second thought, this may be a LEO, EMT, some type of first responder or something hurrying to help?. Nope! This, "special", person was not about to wait in line with everyone else. He drove right on by. Talk about arrogance.

All the emergency vehicles started showing up one at a time. The EMT's put an automatic chest compression device in him. Finally put him on a back board to transport.

In a blink of an eye, your entire world can change, or you could be leaving this world without notice.

Please be careful this holiday weekend and everyday.

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Old 05-24-2019, 08:09 PM
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When I had a bike I never rode on Fridays. Everyone is distracted thinking about their weekend plans, not driving. Tragic event.
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Old 05-24-2019, 08:10 PM
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Rode my HD to the gas station to fill up. I was at the corner pump closest to Rt.1, Bel Air Rd. Lots of traffic on this beautiful Friday afternoon.
As I took the gas cap off and was ready to put my CC in the pump, I heard a motorcycle going by then the back wheel locked up breaking I believe.
I turned and was watching him slide up the road, then he hit one car then another one immediately after the first.
Not sure if he was trying to avoid a car turning in front of him or the tire blew, bike malfunction or what.
The sound of him hitting the cars was horrific. I could almost feel the impacts as I watched each of them.
I stopped what I was doing, left my bike at the pump and went towards the accident. Everyone at the pumps were like WTH!!!!

Multiple people were gathering at his side so they didn't need another person there so I stayed away. He was not moving.
I started directing traffic away from the crash having them go into the gas station, through Enterprise rental then back onto RT.1.
A bystander came by me and said he was not breathing and no one was doing CPR. I said, well there is enough people there, someone better start doing it. I considered going up. Someone did start a little while later.
Bike parts were everywhere. It literally tore the front end off, the forks at the triple tree, totally off the bike. They were about 20' from the rest of the bike. The front tire was completely off the rim. There wasn't a piece of the bike that wasn't damaged.
The first vehicle looked similar to a Jeep Liberty. The entire drivers side was extremely messed up from front to back. Hard to believe a motorcycle could do that much damage. The second car I couldn't see very well.

On a different note, as I was directing two lane traffic into one lane, off the main road and into the parking lot, one person was coming straight at me and had no intention of slowing down or going with the flow. He was in a large black Lincoln Navigator or Suburban. I thought where the hell is this guy going!!?? He was going to drive right by the guy in the road and the people helping and over top of the scatter bike parts. My second thought, this may be a LEO, EMT, some type of first responder or something hurrying to help?. Nope! This, "special", person was not about to wait in line with everyone else. He drove right on by. Talk about arrogance.

All the emergency vehicles started showing up one at a time. The EMT's put an automatic chest compression device in him. Finally put him on a back board to transport.

In a blink of an eye, your entire world can change, or you could be leaving this world without notice.

Please be careful this holiday weekend and everyday.

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Very sorry you had to experience that.
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Old 05-24-2019, 08:32 PM
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Sucks and does leave an impression on you. I've been in the legal/insurance claims business for close to 30 years and have seen some extremely disturbing things done to human bodies. Motorcycle crashes are usually the worst. You could not pay me enough money to ride a bike in S. Florida, it's only a matter of time.
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Old 05-24-2019, 09:40 PM
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1979 I was 8yrs old my dad pushed a yellow 3.5hp mini-bike into the living room & told me "Merry Christmas!" Then when I turned 11 he got me an orange Suzuki 100cc dirtbike for my birthday. I think I was 22 when I bought my first street bike, a used Honda Rebel 250. Then in 1996 I bought my first Harley, that was back when you got on a waiting list & paid over MSRP. By 2000 I had owned 10 H-Ds selling each for more than I had paid new for them a few months earlier. I did Sturgis, the monster HOG Rallies in AR, the HD Anniv Rally stops, some of my best friends (like family) are a family that owns 5 H-D dealerships in TN. But in 2010 I sold my last Harley, it was my favorite, a Screamin' Eagle Road Glide that I had for 10yrs.

I just QUIT riding "cold turkey" because the general public is STUPID & spend more attention on their phones, mirrors, radios, lovers etc than they do DRIVING! I cant tell you the number of times I had "near catastrophes", many while riding alone, several in packs & several with my wife on the back. I attended several funerals of "fallen brothers" during that time as well. ZERO times was I or the other riders at fault! But that doesn't make much difference whose fault it is when they zip that bag over your face!!!

When you ride you ARE putting YOUR LIFE into the hands of the general public, YOUR life.... think about that! I did & I quit riding that moment!
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Old 05-24-2019, 09:56 PM
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I grew up riding bikes and you can't pay me enough to get back on one with all the idiots behinds the wheel these days, just not worth it.

Dang 240, I know your stomach had to be turning upside down.
Bike accidents never turn out well.

Many years ago a friend and I were on our bikes going south on US 41.
A guy's on his HD traveling north in the far right lane.
this particular part of 41 has 3 lanes.
Out of no where this elderly lady comes pulling up along side him in the far left lane.
She decide she wanted his lane and slammed into the poor guy full force.
The biker didn't go down but did almost hit the curb and kept his bike upright.
Crazy lady slams into him again and this time he went down.
My friend and I couldn't believe what we were seeing.
We hit the brakes and I told Chris to go after her, she just kept on going.
The bikers leg was almost completely severed off.
I ripped my T shirt up and tied a tourniquet around his leg, all the while trying to keep the guy calm.

A crazy nurse came upon the scene and started flipping out.
Yeah, pretty gory scene, leg almost chopped off and blood everywhere.
Had to tell her to get lost as all she was doing is causing more chaos.

Luckily the Hospital was just up the road and the ambulance got there quickly.
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Old 05-25-2019, 01:01 AM
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I was driving down a rural road, a motorcycle was coming at me, guy and a girl on it, shorts and flip flops, going about 40 MPH.
A car backs out of a driveway right in front of them , the motorcycle hits the rear quarter panel and both riders go over the trunk and tumble down the blacktop
like Evel Kanievel at Caesars Palace. Ugly, broken bones, serious road rash, they both lived (helmets on ).
45 years ago and it still sends shivers up my spine .
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Old 05-25-2019, 02:42 AM
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After having several near death or dismemberment close calls I gave up riding. My oldest just got his license but his intention is trail riding. I have told him the horror stories and he witnessed his uncle nearly being killed, which was the worst day in my life not knowing if he was going to make it or if he would be severely handicapped. Luckily he recovered but did suffer a traumatic brain injury and it took him some time to get through that. I have taken spins on friends bikes and my sons but don’t even like being on the road anymore. I do enjoy trails.
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A motorcycle was my first mode of transportation and people in cars just don't care about you. Can't tell you how many times someone would pull out right in front of me.
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Old 05-25-2019, 03:08 AM
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I've never witnessed a motorcycle accident, but...After my son's stroke, he spent an entire summer in Mary Free Bed Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. That hospital specializes in rehabilitation. The majority of their patients, by far, were motorcycle accident victims with head injuries. I saw some seriously messed up people that summer. If I ever had a notion to ride a motorcycle, it ended then and there.
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Old 05-25-2019, 03:13 AM
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In Fla when you get your learners permit at 14, you could also drive a scooter...had to be under 5 hp. I had it during my summers in Miami. I have no idea how I avoided losing body parts the number of times I had to take it down to keep from being hit.

I was in Naples, Fla back in my working days unloading equipment form the truck when a lady makes a left turn into the path of two guys on bikes. The one guy that hit the side of her mini van hit her so hard it flattened his helmet to no more than 6" wide. It was a sad scene, as we all knew he was stone cold dead.

My BIL and a really good friend both have lower leg amputations from bike wrecks. Driving them here in Fla is lethal
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I give bkers PLENTY of room on the road and never get close enough to them where I couldn't get out of a difficult situation. I find the HD riders are more considerate of traffic and usually stay within their lane. It's the crotch rocket whining bees that are ususally the assholes on the road. However, nothing here beats the Lance Armstrong wannabes....Those douch'e bags just ignore the traffic laws and ride their bikes like they own the road. Pricks....................
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This is why I got rid of my last bike 30 years ago when I graduated college. It was all I could afford as I was going to school but I learned that drivers are morons and there's not a damn thing you can do about it on a bike other than get hurt or killed. I got run off the road once and did a legs up in the air, squeeze between a car that pulled out in front of me and oncoming traffic once. Peeled the plastic front bumper off the car that pulled out in front of me with the right foot peg of my bike. My bike was sold last day of classes of my graduating semester. Won't get back on another one.
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I'm not interested in motorcycles. When traffic starts to bottle up I see a lot of bikes weaving from lane to lane, a LOT of bikes. When traffic really ties up, the dotted line too often becomes a motorcycle lane ... Oh well.

I know too many people with horrible limps and gimps due to motorcycle accidents, some there fault and some not, and the idiots that ride without helmets????? It's your choice I guess but a pretty bad decision .

As stated, to many people doing other shit behind the wheel, and EVERYBODY is doing it lately it seems, it's dangerous enough to ride with these dopes but then to really press your luck on the dotted line? Find yourself a really cool cane, because there's a good chance your going to need one someday.

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In 1974 at midnight on my way home from work on a Triumph Bonneville I stopped for a 4 way stop sign with flashing red light when a drunk driver hit me from behind doing about 30-35 mph.
Knocked me and the bike all the way across the intersection and up against a crosswalk sign.
Guy stopped 3/4 of the way through intersection, was driving 1966 Oldsmobile. Bent his bumper in, broke grill, bent hood and punctured radiator, had to be towed.
Cop charged him with following too close, said to me "he's been drinking but I don't think he's that drunk!"
I got damned lucky with only a sprained ankle from jumping up from under the bike because I was afraid he was still coming.
I still have the blue helmet with red paint on it from his hood. The bike was totalled.
These assholes came at me when I drove semi's, a motorcycle doesn't have a chance! Haven't ridden since.
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There is usually 2 things involved in a crash. Car turning in front of the motorcycle, not seeing them and the motorcycle going too fast and can’t stop in time. Very few bike crashes happen if the bike is doing the speed limit. The rider must assume he is invisible.
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So sorry you had to witness that. I live in Toronto area and there is no way I would drive a bike here. Too many obliviots on the road texting emailing, ear buds or head phones on.

Everyone should take a CPR course so you know what to do are are not standing around watching when you come across an accident or are involved in one. You very well could save a life if you know what to do. I personally have witnessed two car accidents where I was first one there, dialed 911 and started CPR. Neither guy made it, unfortunately. One probably was killed on impact (T-boned on his driver door), the other was a massive heart attack (his wife stayed in touch with me for years after. I had to carry her from the car through a shallow swamp back to the road once the paramedics took over.). Both times I have no self doubt that I did everything I could. I hope a stranger would do the same for me, god forbid I get in a serious accident. A good friend of mine (48 y.o) had a heart attack/stroke on the golf course two years ago. He is alive today because one guy in the foursome behind him knew CPR. If one of your buddies has an issue on your boat some day, you will want to know how to save his life.
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I quit riding on the streets 32 years ago, yes, I miss it sometimes but reading stuff like this reminds me how lucky I was during that period of my life. I will take a little trail ride on a borrowed bike, slowly and enjoying the outdoors..... YOU can have the streets.....
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You ran towards trouble instead of going about your day. Good job trying to help out. I see a lot of folks do what you described. In too much a hurry to help. Please be careful on that bike. Hope the rest of your holiday is better. Chris.
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lets see screen is not bright enough, there thats better, now where was the lane change alert cancel button ? 3 layers down IIRC,
Oh wow, whats that crash noise. gee some motorcycle dude just hit me. Better get out and see whats going on.

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