When he hit the pavement, I thought he was dead. The way he landed and the sound — it was a standing ovation type clap. But, at that moment, no one was clapping.
I couldn’t breathe, my muscles tightened. I stopped before I even realized I was braking. A million fragmented thoughts raced through my mind. Do I stop here? Where do I leave my bike? Are people stopping behind me? Am I going to be hit? Is he going to be run over?
In the time it took me to stop asking questions and start taking action, my boyfriend was off his bike and to our friend in the middle of the 405. Behind us, traffic was at a dead stop. In front of us, two cars drove off with no regard for the accident they had just caused and the body they sent airborne.
Life man, it ain’t worth a damn thing these days.
Fortunately, not all people are soulless assholes. Within seconds one doctor and three nurses made their way to us. I can’t thank them enough for stopping, helping, reassuring, and waiting with us for the paramedics.
As we listened to the sounds of sirens and anticipated the arrival of the paramedics, it felt as though flames were shotting out of my ears as traffic started to resume. How could anyone possibly drive at a time like this?
Reflections Post Motorcycle Accident
It’s hard to put into words just how mad I was. How mad I still am.
This was the first motorcycle accident I’ve ever witnessed. I realized later that maybe I’d become somewhat desensitized to accidents. I see them all the time; you see them all the time. This was different. This provided a new perspective and a profound pain for all accident victims.
There are so many things I wish I had done differently that day. I wish I had stayed on my bike and followed those drivers. I wish I had kicked in their mirrors or thrown rocks at their windows. I wish I could tell them how fucked up it is that they drove off. I wanted to be off my bike sooner. I wanted to be more helpful. All the things I could have done differently continue to replay in my mind.
I want to thank you for letting me share this experience with you. It was more therapy than you know just to write it down.
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