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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-08-2014, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
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Friend's son killed in bike accident

Tuesday morning around 3:30 AM a friend's 22 year old son was killed in an accident. He was in a residential area and struck a brick mailbox. Don't know how fast he was going or if alcohol was involved. Now my wife, who is opposed to my having a bike to start with, is really fired up again. Last night she and her group of friends were together and apparently the main discussion was how dangerous motorcycles are. I really enjoy riding but I have to maintain marital harmony as well. My wife is not pressuring me to sell the bike (yet) but she worries every time I ride. I don't want to worry her but I sure don't want to sell my bike either. Don't know what to do.....
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Motorcycles in Head-On Collisions
Crashes involving motorcycles and other vehicles account for 56% of motorcycle accident deaths. In the vast majority of these accidents, the car strikes the motorcycle from the front --78% of the time. (The car strikes the motorcycle from the rear only 5% of the time.) Head-on collisions between a car and motorcycle are often fatal to the motorcyclist.
Cars Making Left-Hand Turns
The single most dangerous situation for motorcyclists occurs when cars are making left-hand turns. These collisions account for 42% of all accidents involving a motorcycle and car. Usually, the turning car strikes the motorcycle when the motorcycle is:
going straight through an intersection
passing the car, or
trying to overtake the car.


SOOOOOOO - my take is that I can greatly reduce my chances of getting struck by heightened situational awareness. I do not hesitate to flash my lights or honk my horn at people. Maybe flashing lights is illegal but I don't care. Has saved me many times.

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Don't know how old you are or how many consecutive years of riding you have, but any insurance guy will tell you the bigger those numbers are the less likely you are to be hurt or killed in a single vehicle accident, and you're still less likely to be involved in a multi vehicle accident than a younger and less experianced rider.
If you love riding your wife needs to understand there's a thousand different ways for you to die and given the amount of enjoyment your bike allows you it would be a shame to give it up based solely on her fears.

We only really have a short time on this earth to do things that make us happy......subtract- sleeping, working, and other non fun activities .....it's obvious finding something that you really enjoy that you can do is important.

So unless she offers you something you find much better on a continual basis.. ..you should just try and diminish her fears and continue doing what makes you happy....

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Tuesday morning around 3:30 AM a friend's 22 year old son was killed in an accident. He was in a residential area and struck a brick mailbox. Don't know how fast he was going or if alcohol was involved. Now my wife, who is opposed to my having a bike to start with, is really fired up again. Last night she and her group of friends were together and apparently the main discussion was how dangerous motorcycles are. I really enjoy riding but I have to maintain marital harmony as well. My wife is not pressuring me to sell the bike (yet) but she worries every time I ride. I don't want to worry her but I sure don't want to sell my bike either. Don't know what to do.....
....maybe....relax her with you doing ATGATT....other rider did not ATGATT.

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Thanks, KM and Williamtech. I'm 57 and had many hours logged in my younger days. A couple of minor scrapes but that's about it. I'm riding again after about a 25 year layoff. I'm much more careful now but there are more cars on the road and too many drivers looking at their damn phone instead of where they're going. That's what scares me. I always wear a high vis vest and I don't hesitate to flash my lights either. My preferred riding is on the back roads at my own pace. At least the deer don't have iPhones.

Made a sixty mile round trip today just to get lunch. Back roads all the way, only one truck behind me the entire time. I slowed down and let him pass. There was about a three mile stretch in town where there was light traffic. Otherwise it was a great ride. Barely even got to 60 mph.

Funeral tomorrow, maybe things will settle down after that. We didn't know the kid, just his parents.

Please enlighten me, what is ATGATT?

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There doesn't seem to be much rythm or rhym to it, if your number is up, well that's it. I feel for your freinds as parents, the heart break, of loosing a child, pure pain and misery.
Reminds me of a relative that lost all of his children one after the other to Cancer, then went to the Doctor himself, and was diagnosed terminal. He went out to the shed, sat on a tracktor and, Shot himself! My deepest sympathy to the family and freinds.

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Just saying,,,,,, if we stopped doing something every time someone got killed life on earth would be over. People chock to death on food, someone dies in a car wreck every 10 seconds, people have a stroke sitting and watching a movie. Life is short, if you love to ride then enjoy it. Prostate cancer may come at any time. Then what?

But,,, I wish comfort for friends family and peace in their hearts.
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Thanks for all the kind words. I'll pass it on to the family.

Motorcycle riding does carry a good bit of risk which we all assume when we ride. All we can do is to be careful. It sure is fun though!
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