We all know that riding a motorbike can be dangerous. While a coterie of motorcyclists will defend their favourite pastime, as this shocking footage shows, the potential for catastrophic accidents is huge - quite independently of how good you are at riding your bike.
The footage was shot in California in February and, thankfully, the rider has since recovered.
"I was heading southbound on I-15 in San Diego and I was riding into work," said the motorcyclist, who has not been named.
"I was coming up on a section of the highway that was notorious for wrecks and was looking out, but an SUV driven by a dude not paying attention swerved into the HOV to avoid another collision.
"He then struck a Toyota Avalon and flipped his SUV. He then slid across all lanes and struck me on my right side causing me to go airborne.
"The wreck caused multiple injuries to myself including two fractured vertebrae, a severely sprained ankle and messed up shoulder. I was in a back brace for five months."
So let's unpack this: the rider is just riding along when something horrendous, that is not his fault and unavoidable, occurs and causes him to crash, break his back, destroy his shoulder and spend five months in a brace.
So, to reiterate, riding a motorbike can be really dangerous. I mean, isn't the leather biker gear basically just a reinforced bag that keeps all your internal organs from being scattered across the road in the event of a collision?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the US government agency that tracks safety on American roads, motorbikes are really, really dangerous.
"Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclist fatalities occurred 26 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities in traffic crashes," the Administraton wrote in a 2013 study of motorcycle deaths.
"Motorcycles made up three percent of all registered vehicles in the United States in 2013 and accounted for only 0.7 percent of all vehicle miles traveled.
"In 2013, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities, four percent of all people injured, 18 percent of all occupants (driver and passenger) fatalities, and four percent of all occupants injured.
"Of the 4,668 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes, 94 percent (4,399) were riders and six percent (269) were passengers."
So despite making up just three percent of all the vehicles on the road, they make up 14 percent of all road deaths. That's pretty damning, as statistics go.
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