Start Seeing Motorcyclists

Sharing my story because it’s important. Just this week, two fatal motorcycle accidents have happened in Minnesota. Drivers, be aware of your surroundings, and be aware that your unrestrained cargo can cause accidents. Bikers, wear your gear, hone your skills. 

Four years ago today, I woke up on the side of I-35W N. 

I was headed to Home Depot to get a couple items setting up stuff in my new apartment, and decided to hop on the interstate. Sunday at noon, on a sunny day. That’s safe, right? A car merging onto the freeway didn’t realize their lane was about to end, so they went toward me, not looking to their left. A car was behind me, too close to brake, and a car was too close forward to speed up.

The next thing I knew, I woke up on the opposite shoulder of the interstate and I looked and saw the signs of a motorcycle accident. It took a moment for me to realize I was looking at the scene of MY motorcycle accident. Thankfully, people stopped to help, someone helped me walk the bike off the road, and two paramedics were off-duty. I went to the hospital, had some skin healing to do, and after this opportunity to reconsider my priorities in life, the rest is history.

The reports given after the accident pointed out that the driver (who just drove away) was totally at fault, that it wasn’t something I had done recklessly, and I somehow maneuvered out of the situation without broken or immobile limbs. However… I wasn’t wearing a jacket. I wasn’t wearing boots. I had on hiking shoes, gloves, and my helmet. It was 102 and I was only going a mile or two. I was a fucking idiot. Truly, I was a lucky fucking idiot who got a chance to wake up, breathe, and see another day.

I keep seeing in the news how there are more motorcycle accidents this year in MN than there have been in the past few years. A recent report said that motorcycle deaths are up 56 percent from last year. Drivers, look twice, you might save a life. Not every biker involved with a car is as lucky I was. Riders, don’t chance it. I like seeing your posts in my feed. Gear up.