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Wear the right gear....

Discussion in 'General Chit Chat' started by Lutin, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. Lutin

    Lutin Administrator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    Wrong-lane driver broke biker's back in high-speed crash

    A driver who veered into the wrong lane at 70mph before colliding head-on with a motorcyclist has been jailed for 16 months.

    The Subaru of Florian Pratt, 41, rounded a blind bend on Mortimer Road near Sheffield before colliding with the 35-year-old biker, throwing him high into the air.

    The motorcyclist, who suffered a broken back, wrist and sternum, was left with life-changing injuries but police say he was saved by the protective gear, including an air bag suit, he was wearing.


    Warning - the video in the story does show the crash. But as shown in the video the rider wanted the footage to be released.
     
  2. austin

    austin Well-Known Member

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    I watched about 20 seconds and couldn’t bear to watch the rest. Horrible horrible stuff but I think just bad luck all round. Sure it was crappy driving but a second or two either way for the biker or the driver and it would be nothing but a close thing. If your number’s up, it’s up.
     
  3. soho

    soho Active Member

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    My best mate hit a car head on, just south of Ainsa in Spain. He was just 200 metres behind me but I never noticed for a few miles because of my focus on the road at speed.We always ride/rode with the intention of rapid progress. When I got back to the scene all the emergency services were with him. He was conscious........just.
    20 stone in weight he had flown some 40 feet over the top of the car
    They treated him in the road for a good 30 minutes. I took a load of photo's in that time for insurance purposes. Once stabilised he was taken to Barbastro Hospital. When I got there with Johnny B (three of us riding together to Malaga). It was all very sombre at the little hospital, and we were received into a small room, where they informed us he had not survived. The last thing I had said to him was - Steve, we'll see you half an hour.
    To this day I've never shown anyone those photo's. and I've never been able to watch any kind of accident footage since.

    Funny thing is I had a bit of a nasty one myself a while back (surviving obviously !) and it has never put me of riding..............I just can't watch other people getting taken out though. When I unavoidably saw 58 taken out I was literally sick.
     

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