Hi, All -
One of those odd nights when I usually ride my bike into Frederick to play bridge (yeah, bridge...interesting combo, huh?). Anyway, didn't feel sharp and so I drove the car. On the way into town, I kept thinking to myself, "Self, check your blind spots - lots of motorcyclists out tonight." Kept doing it, almost obsessively. Got within a mile of Frederick, and what do I see but a motorcycle on its side, lying in the road by the median, and a bunch of people huddled around a young man. Turns out he was westbound on one road, and the merging traffic just didn't see him - blind spot, someone hit him, and sent him across the median.
Anyway, he's of the lucky ones - didn't lose consciousness, no spinal cord injury, but lots of road rash (wear your safety gear, folks!!) and probably a broken ankle. The bike was toast.
Just a reminder that folks are just getting used to seeing motorcycles on the roads again since spring finally arrived; and most of us didn't ride enough over the winter to stay sharp and a step ahead of the game. So, be careful out there. Safety first, safety last, safety in between...