OPINION

Yesterday I crashed my motorcycle and no one came to help

Hopefully I have your attention.

First let me say I have been riding for 13 years. I commute via motorbike pretty much every day, so much so that I sold my car because I never used it. I have been commuting this way for just over two years now. I live in a large city and take a mix of backroads and highways to get to work every day. Yesterday started like any other: Same roads, same level of traffic. I was going down a 4-lane road at about 45mph when someone in a minivan, coming out of a shop, pull out in front of me.

While it all happened so fast, I would say they pulled out about 50 ft. in front of me. Given my current speed it didn’t allow me much time to react. I pulled in the clutch and got hard on my brakes. Then I caught myself doing the very things I know you aren’t supposed to do: Target fixation and locking up the brakes. My eyes fixed on their rear bumper and my rear brake was locked up solid. As I felt my rear end come around, I had a point where I was aware of what I was doing wrong and tried to correct. I decided to ease off my back brake and steer left to go around and avoid running right into their bumper. Unfortunately, the odds weren’t in my favor. As I tried to go left to go around, the minivan went left too. I ended up tapping their rear bumper and going down on my left side.

I sat there for a moment, collecting my thoughts (and made certain I was stopped). I surveyed my surroundings and realized my bike ended up facing the wrong way, and cars were going around me. I knew I couldn’t just stay there so I picked up the 600lb behemoth and assessed the damaged. Luckily the bike slid on the panniers and crash bars, saving the bike’s plastics and important parts. Other than some rash on the crash bars, side & centerstands, and panniers as well as a broken clutch lever, the bike faired OK.

It was at this moment I realized the minivan in question didn’t stop, they continued on. I tried to get my bike started but it refused. As I attempted to stop traffic so I could push my bike out of the way, one person rolled down their window and asked if I was OK. They confirmed they saw the whole thing and agree they pulled out in front of me (validation is always nice). I asked if they could stay for a few minutes so I could call the police, since the minivan left the scene of an accident. Their response was “sorry, but I have to get to work.”

No one stopped to help the fallen motorcyclist. No one helped me pick up the bike, no one helped me push my bike to safety. They were all too busy with their morning commute to be bothered by the silly man on his motorbike. Honestly I find this a little sad. Has our society degraded to the point everyone is too busy or too afraid to help their fellow man? Perhaps it’s just where I live, or the road I was on at the time. But maybe not.

Clothing

While I wasn’t badly hurt, a few scrapes and a lot of soreness, what if it had been worse? How long would I have had to lay there before someone came to my rescue? I’d like to think there is an unwritten rule amongst motorist that if you see someone in need, whether it be pushing a car out of the road or just letting someone use your phone, you should help them. Personally, I try to help anyone I see in dire straits, this goes double for motorcycles. I have pulled cars out of ditches, pulled injured drivers out rolled vehicles and even brought a stranger gas. I understand we are all busy with jobs and families to get to. But sometimes maybe that stranger needs our attention just a little more. What if it were you or your loved one, in that position? Wouldn’t you want someone to help?

Sometimes we depend on the kindness of strangers.

 

*Photo for illustrative purposes only

29 Comments

29 Comments

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    Max Wedge

    November 17, 2017 at 15:58

    Sad but true. Glad you are relatively okay.

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    D

    November 17, 2017 at 16:02

    Move to the Midwest. 2 years ago the driver who pulled out in front of me stopped and her passenger… https://t.co/MaVKHdTU0U

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    Marc Dockerty

    November 17, 2017 at 16:16

    People are too busy to care anymore suck a shame. Glad you weren’t hurt too badly.

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    Thunder9501

    November 17, 2017 at 16:19

    Holy Shit. Sorry about that.

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    Odin

    November 17, 2017 at 16:19

    You should stop to see if you can help, because one day it might just be you in need.

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    Rissa..A

    November 17, 2017 at 16:30

    Hope ur ok..Bike can be replaced..We as humans can’t..Damn shame no one would help u.. Remember what… https://t.co/ykeGwmZZPS

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    Zondagirl

    November 17, 2017 at 16:43

    I hope you’re okay. The disregard for your well-being by the other motorists is appalling. This woul… https://t.co/WXYicMEZkb

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    Kastor

    November 17, 2017 at 17:01

    POS minivan. Karma’s a bitch. Very glad u only got minor scratches brother. Even though I’m in Canada I got ur back. ✊

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    Maximus

    November 17, 2017 at 17:35

    That’s pretty crap, some people are so selfish it beggars belief

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    MAURO

    November 17, 2017 at 17:52

    the unfortunately there are too many idiots if was a car lady driver there have been a que of dicks

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    Phil T

    November 17, 2017 at 19:58

    Sad to hear but glad you’re ok. Not somewhere I want to ride…….which city was it in?

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    Peter Edward

    November 17, 2017 at 20:40

    Sad, but totally unsurprising.
    I once came off my bike at low speed on the A40 flyover into Marylebone, as someone switched lanes in front of me.
    I didn’t collide with him but lost control and hit the deck.
    I struggled to get the bike up because (it later turned out) I had knackered my knee and ripped all the ligaments.
    Finally managed to hobble off to the side with my bike, upon which the backed-up traffic drove past.
    Not a single person even asked if I was ok, never mind stopped, despite the fact that it was obvious that I was injured.

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    Aaron M

    November 17, 2017 at 21:02

    Your surprised?

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    A dented mind

    November 17, 2017 at 22:35

    I promise I would have stopped to help.

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    Alan Mckechnie

    November 17, 2017 at 23:27

    Sad to know bro , thats bad

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    Karen Kinnaird

    November 17, 2017 at 23:36

    Who crashed ?

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    Karen Kinnaird

    November 17, 2017 at 23:47

    Who crashed

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    Akis Barek

    November 18, 2017 at 07:52

    Similar accident happened in Athens when I was riding.A guy riding xtx660 in front of me suddenly pulled hard his front brake he did a couple of rounds and fell on the road.the people who stopped to help him were me and 3 more motorcycles. …..not even a single car stopped …hopefully the guy who fell was unharmed

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    MotoFire

    November 18, 2017 at 10:05

    Sad times.. Where is the humanity

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    MotoFire

    November 18, 2017 at 10:12

    If you read the story you’d know.. lol

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    SC

    November 18, 2017 at 10:16

    Sorry. This society is based on no empathy all goes fast and others are nothing… You could take th… https://t.co/tEASB0P7Pr

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    MotoFire

    November 18, 2017 at 10:18

    :( it’s hard to put into words how sad this makes us. The world has become a selfish place and nobody seems to be interested in holding onto what is important.

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    george broaddus

    November 18, 2017 at 16:14

    Because I ride, I am very sad over this. I commuted every day for years, thankfully never a crash. A… https://t.co/fsxf1NiZjX

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    Femi Adegboye

    November 18, 2017 at 16:52

    Been there and it sucks. Came of about after the Guildford slip road to the M3 and cars just drove around me like I was a hobbling hedge hog trying to get to the side of the road…with a decked bike.

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    James Smith

    November 20, 2017 at 15:21

    Sadly I’ve fallen off many times in 36 years of riding. Happily every time someone has stopped to he… https://t.co/GqCgObuYww

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    michael salinas

    November 21, 2017 at 01:21

    Sorry but If I’m rushing on my way to work I’m not gonna stop and help ANYONE unless they are on the street dying. And from what you said it seems like you were ok. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and thinking the world owes you something. When you commute on a dangerous motorcycle everyday you have to know the risks involved.

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    fred noiret

    November 21, 2017 at 05:34

    Not cool

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    Dead Red Rooster

    November 24, 2017 at 13:07

    Sad, sad world we live in today. Everyone just out for themselves.

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    Tony Martinez

    November 28, 2017 at 01:17

    Definitely don’t feel sorry for myself. But I do feel sorry for people like you who have no common decency toward their fellow man. C’est la vie

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