Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Motorcycle Morons

BigBen7.com (graphic added)

"That's just the way it goes. I just want to ride.'' Ben Roethlisberger

"We get tired of picking them off the ground and tired of going to a house to say an 18- or 19- or 20-year-old died in a motorcycle accident," IL state police Master Sgt. David Byrd

Do you know what hospital emergency rooms call motorcycles? 'Donor-cycles.' True.

No matter how fervently motorcycle enthusiasts defend their machines, they are, in the end, rolling death traps. Consider the odds.

A half ton of hot engine, heavy metal, sharp chrome--not to mention add-ons--barreling down the highway on two wheels, totally dependent on inertia to stay upright. And on the concentration and balance of its rider.

Weigh that against 2 to 5 ton cars and trucks rolling along solidly on 2 to 10 wheels. It's just plain not a fair fight.

According to the US Department of Transportation's motorcycle accident statistics, a motorcyclist is 16 times more likely to die in an accident than a motor vehicle occupant.

Makes sense if you have a brain in your head. We all know seatbelts save lives because they prevent a driver or passenger from being ejected onto the highway -- or into a tree.

Anybody who's in an accident on a motorcycle will hit the highway--or that tree--regardless. No doors. No steel safety beams. No airbags. Just the wind and the 'hog' between the rider and the road.

So wearing safety gear would seem logical. Especially helmets. But nooo. It's against a cyclist's rights. What rights? To get killed? To kill others?

Read about it in the definitive study:

Hurt Report

The likelihood of injury is extremely high in these motorcycle accidents-98% of the multiple vehicle collisions and 96% of the single vehicle accidents resulted in some kind of injury to the motorcycle rider; 45% resulted in more than a minor injury.

In single vehicle accidents, motorcycle rider error was present as the accident precipitating factor in about two-thirds of the cases, with the typical error being a slideout and fall due to overbraking or running wide on a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering.

The most deadly injuries to the accident victims were injuries to the chest and head.

The use of the safety helmet is the single critical factor in the prevention of reduction of head injury.

And what are individual states doing about it? Repealing helmet laws. Including Pennsylvania.

Sometimes I'm just so proud to live here. Not.

Florida, you'd expect. They can't even figure out how to count votes, why would they care about a few more pieces of donor-cycle road kill on the highways?

Florida motorcycle fatalities increase after helmet law is repealed - Online Lawyer Source

"Two studies were released yesterday, concluding states that repeal laws like helmet requirements on motorcycles run the risk of increasing the number of deaths and health care costs as a result."

But Illinois? Well, think about Chicago. The dead vote, why shouldn't the about-to-be-dead ride motocycles however they please?

Illinois biker wrecks, deaths skyrocket

"In Illinois, one of only four states without a law requiring bikers to wear helmets, the number of motorcyclists annually injured jumped 15 percent between 2002 and 2004. Fatal crashes increased 36 percent."

Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers' Super Bowl winning quarterback was badly injured today in a motorcycle crash. Ben's known for not wearing his helmet.

What would happen if he stopped wearing his football helmet on the field? Given his idiotic behavior, you have to wonder ... maybe he already has.



Blogger Christine said...

Those 3 to 5 ton vehicles are no contest for sure...I think we should get THEM off the road.....

5:20 PM  
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7:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your an idiot. I get so sick of people that judge the world according to what they think it should look like. Your probably a racist as well.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Sally Swift said...

Anonymous, I'd have more respect for you if you spoke as yourself.

And if you had a real point of view, you would have stated it instead of calling me names.

Anyway, what does "racist" have to do with me wanting everyone to be safe on the road?

9:12 PM  
Anonymous John said...

I think you make some good points here.

For those that choose to ride, they certainly need to understand the risks, and do things to increase their odds. Wear a brightly colored jacket, and wear your protective gear ALL THE TIME. And if you are not the most attentive motorist....then you DO NOT need to be on a bike.

The hurt report also states that 92 percent of the accidents (maybe just of the fatalities, I can't remember) involve riders with little or no real training...meaning take your MSF courses and get liscensed.

Moral: Motorcycles are dangerous, if you still want to ride one, take your MSF courses AT LEAST every other year, ride within your limits, practice, wear your gear no matter how hot it is outside, and BE ALERT. Even accidents that "aren't your fault" can sometimes be prevented..think ahead.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree somewhat with Big Ben

BigBen who is mostly to blame for all motorcycle accidents.. Idiots with four wheels & doors and a hood and truckers also run bikers off the road. I have had 3 bro's killed by 18 wheelers running them down on a highways cause they didn't like how we looked with long hair and leather jackets.
I was coming home in 1989 at 3 am from working 2 shift and haven't even been drinking & on the way home,When a lady going 65 MPH hit me on my right side. I was wearing a helmet but I broke my back,neck and both legs. I was in a wheelchair for 3 years and still have back problems.
Do you know the bitch who hit me only got 7 months in JAIL,And 4 years suspended license and 2 years probation with community service.
She threw me 200 feet away from my bike and destroyed my bike and my back,thanks to some friends being with me or I would of been DEAD because of her carelessness.
Now if it was a biker's fault we would of gotten 5 to 7 years in jail & our license would of been revoked in some states.
Shows you those driving 4 wheels are more responsible for running us off the road anyway's. And if law enforcement wants to make us wear a heavy helmet they need to upgrade the other driver laws also.
Elderly over 65 shouldn't be allowed to drive anymore cause they don't watch where their going anyways half the damn time.

And as for Anonymous #1, Sally Swift and Christine
Half ton trucks should be taken off the road Christine.
And with gas prices as High as they are right now riding a motorcycle is the cheapest way of transportation in my book.
It's so shows you idiots are not motorcycle lovers and have NO TERMS on judging us that have the right to ride if we want and when we want
it's the idiot motorcycle hater that causes most of our accidents anyway's.
If your American or non American you have just violated our constitutional right & our freedom to ride anything we damn well want to.
USA IS A FREE COUNTRY and we have freedom of speech!
Those of you who drive a car,truck,Suv are just as much to blame for motorcyclists accident cause you don't bother to check your rear view mirrors or blind sides and just run us off the road.
Motorcycles have been on the road over 115 years get over it and start bitching at some one else.
A Biker is more likely to stop and help a stranded motorist then someone with 4 doors and a hood.
Motorcycles are more safer the a car. So shut up about it and watch the road and stop bitching about us Harley Riders.
Some states don't even have a helmet law .
Trucks are made of heavy metal also. Those stupid teenagers/Collage Kids (18 to 24 year old think they can do whatever you damn well feel like once you have your driver's license and don't obey the laws anyway's. Teenagers are 110% the blame of all motor vehicle accidents every time.
And don't wear their seat belts and think they can speed down any residential road they feel like.
OBEY THE LAW and stop complaining and us that have been driving longer then your fucking ass has anyway's.
Unless we Motorcyclist lose control of our rides,It could be the bike's blame and something back fired and went wrong not the drivers fault.
Just like a car of truck,Motorcycles take a lot of money to repair.
mechanic services are just as much as what you have to pay to have your ride repaired.
I just had some idiot drug kids try to run me over by speeding through a shopping malls parking lot.) thank god a Cop was right in the parking lot and saw them and came right over and gave all three of them ticket's.
Driver got for speeding, road rage, driving with a opened container and underage drinking and having weed in the glove box. LOL
All I was doing is waiting for traffic to clear to make my turn until those idiots showed up.
SO IDIOTS COMPLAINING! WHO DIED AND MADE YOU ALL BOSSES ALL OF A SUDDEN! And told you to tell us what we can & can not do.
Just because your 18 doesn't make you a legal adult.
U can't buy beer can you so having someone else buy it for you is breaking the law, speeding is also against the law.
Telling other people what to do and showing off your hot wheels is against the law to and can land your ass in JAIL! And lose your right to drive.
I've been riding 25 yrs!
And having a son fighting for my freedom giving me that right to right my harley whenever I god damn well feel like it!

8:48 PM  

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