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Think Bike/Car - Always the blame game

24 June 2014, 09:46

Every time I read about an accident where a motorcyclist dies or is involved in any way the comments are shocking. There is just so much animosity and viciousness, absolutely no empathy at all. How can people just forget that a life is lost and a family is heartbroken, life for them will never be the same. Just as if someone is killed in a car accident. The devastation is equally the same.

I drive a car and my husband commutes by motorcycle, actually, at the moment he is stuck driving his car because a woman rear ended him whilst he was stopped at a stop street. How does that happen? I can only assume she was SMS’ing, she says she did not break hard enough. Really, so it is her habit to reach every stop street with a screeching halt? She did not even break before impact. The bike is a write off, my husband got off with some scrapes and bruises because he was flung into the air and landed on her bonnet. What if she had flung him into the traffic which he was stopped for and he had been hit by a car and had been killed. All this for being stopped at a stop street, how would that be his fault? Now it is a month and at R100 a day to get to work later, not fun, oh and no closer to the payout from her insurance who is diddy daddling. The next step is I sue their client for damages and financial loss.

One occasion 2 youngsters were killed because they drove their GTI into a pole on a straight road. On another occasion a biker jumped a red robot and into a car, both people died. There are many reckless people on the road driving both cars and bikes. The list of accidents and faults can go on and on. People in cars are very much so to blame for most accidents on the roads. We only hear about the motorcyclists more because they generally end with a fatality. I am not writing this to defend motorcyclists or bash car drivers.

I have a thought to the reasonable people out there, the people who care about others. Even if you don’t care about the bikers, try caring about their families and children. Imagine you have an accident with a motorcyclist and he dies because you were not paying attention, your kids are in the back seat and they see it all – is that fair to them? There are so many reasons for motorcyclists and car drivers alike to be considerate to those around us/them. The anger and rage toward those around us is saddening. Okay, here is my thought – When driving and you are aware there is a motorcyclist behind you let them know you see them. Stick up your hand to say hey and they will know they are safe around your vehicle and they won’t feel that need to panic rush by, because that is what they do, 9 times out of 10 it is not because they are cocky or windgat it is that they have no idea what you might do in your car. Just stick a hand up and say Hey.  I guarantee that you will receive a nod of appreciation from the lady/man riding along with you.

I am sure there are many, many of you that will cry out ‘why should I, they should be more careful!’. Well, you keep on with that mentality. I did not write this to reach you or change who you are. This I wrote for the free thinkers, the unprejudiced people who actually make a difference in this world.

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