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Hello Everyone,

I was riding down a lonely stretch of Florida 2 lane this afternoon when I rounded a corner to find 2 bikes in the road - 2 riders and 2 co-riders. One of the bikes was a VTX1800 and the rider was seriously injured. I won't include any names or scene information out of respect for the family. Let's suffice it to say it was a very serious situation. All riders were related which made it an emotional wait for a life flight bird to arrive.

The accident was out in the middle of no where and was the first ride for the couple on their new VTX. What a tragedy. Watching the accident scene unfold brought several things to mind as a lone rider. Although riding out in the middle of nowhere is often my favorite type of riding, I realized that the more isolated an area the more difficult in the event of an accident. Few people on the scene had any cell phone service making a 911 call difficult. Due to the remote area, medical help was delayed in arriving. Other things that occurred to me was that I carry absolutely no medical equipment on my bike - not even a bandaid. My CPR skills are out of date and I have never taken an accident scene course. Many bystanders had no idea how to do CPR or had any medical training at all. In addition, obviously some scene personnel are not aware that helmets should not be removed - especially in the case of severe head trauma - and some do not know to look on the helmet for possible ID and medical information. I also learned that people may not stop when they see an accident. I'm not talking about after it is secured - but actually seeing it happen. I would expect this in a large city but not in rural Florida. I also learned that officials know little about motorcycles. After 15 minutes, I simply couldn't stand the fact that no one had bothered to turn off the bikes and the potential hazard that posed. When I finally asked them about it, turns out no one knew to check or even realized they were still on.

On a positive note, that area of Florida is full of very caring people who helped in every way they could - clearing traffic and consoling family members.

Sadly, I learned that I might have been of more help if I had been better prepared (medical equipment and accident course). A friend of mine was telling me just the other day that the course includes information on how to secure the scene as well as how to deal with riders/coriders. I was reminded of this when a family member was going to pick up the one bike and ride it to the hospital! In traumatic situations, we don't always think clearly and it is up to others on the scene to assist as needed. When dealing with emotionally traumatized family, this may not be as easy as it may seem. As it was, I was able to do little more than direct traffic, clear an area for the helicopter to land, and help load the bikes on the tow truck. I realize that perhaps the extra equipment and training might not have changed the outcome of events but I would have certainly been of more use than I was.

Please everyone, keep this family in your prayers tonight. It was the maiden voyage of the bike and a new 1800 rider. This family will be in my prayers and hopefully I will be better prepared the next time I run across an accident scene.

UPDATE:

I am sorry to report that the gentleman injured did not make it. The news report says he died at the hospital. Although he had a severe head injury, I had prayed that he would make it. Thank you all for the prayers sent to the family.
 

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Rough day. The only thing uglier than a bike laying down is finding the rider hurt beside it. thoughts and prayers for these riders
 

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God Bless them and I hope everyone recovers.
 

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Prayers sent. We have to prepare ourselves to help others and gosh, never take our skills as riders for granted either. Whether first ride or 1000th ride on the bike, paying attention, maintaining the bike, staying sober etc. all help keep this dangerous past-time from biting us.

Let's all stay safe out there.
 

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Prayers sent.....

However, addressing the "People don't stop"...some have become very Leary of stopping or helping because of the GREADY people wanting to sue anyone and everyone involved....they may be bleeding to death, you help, but then a "shyster" lawyer sue the entire world and they get whacked....

I do carry a first aid kit ( small one) and know first aid and CPR..and most likely the Good Samaritan law would cover you....some just refuse to take the chance...and I can't blame them....

We, as a society, have brought this upon ourselves...shame that it is.
 

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First and most importantly, good thoughts to those who were injured.

However, addressing the "People don't stop"...some have become very Leary of stopping or helping because of the GREADY people wanting to sue anyone and everyone involved....they may be bleeding to death, you help, but then a "shyster" lawyer sue the entire world and they get whacked....
I know New Jersey has a Good Samaritan law to prevent people from being sued successfully (anyone can sue anyone else over anything at anytime....the key is to get the lawsuits dismissed)

One has to be shown to have been grossly NEGLIGENT and to have done something far beyond what would be considered reasonable

All that said, the perception remains and many people are afraid to stop and help for fear of scum sucking lawyers and the scum sucking people you actually tried to help attempting to win a lawsuit against you.

Conversely I have read of a few cases where people who did NOT help out were sued.

It is a crazy world we live in
 

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thoughts and prayers for recovery to all concerned. its a sad thing to happen and serves to make us all the more respectfull of our lives.
 

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Prayers sent.....

However, addressing the "People don't stop"...some have become very Leary of stopping or helping because of the GREADY people wanting to sue anyone and everyone involved....they may be bleeding to death, you help, but then a "shyster" lawyer sue the entire world and they get whacked....

I do carry a first aid kit ( small one) and know first aid and CPR..and most likely the Good Samaritan law would cover you....some just refuse to take the chance...and I can't blame them....

We, as a society, have brought this upon ourselves...shame that it is.
I agree, folks just don't want to take the chance. I carry a small first aid kit and a cell phone and that's about it. I have came upon several crashes and have stopped to check on the riders. Luckily every thing was under control when I stopped. On a different note, riders should not be on long rides without being very familuar with their rides and trained properly for riding two up. This could go a long way in lowering our accidents.
 

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Prayers from Texas!
 

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A few side notes:

if you have a GPS, get the coordinates before you make the help call, might help in locating you on a lonely streach of road.

Put a new entry in your cell phone titled "ICE" in case of emergency...put a contact phone number and ID the contact...mine says wife and a phone number...EMS personal have been giving this info and look for it in a cell phone at the scene when the victim is unresponsive....

anything to help
 

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Hi Piezon...as a Paramedic, I see this stuff every week...and even though you didn't think you were that prepared, you did bring something with you that day...."common sense"...let it tell you what to do and you'll do fine...it won't hurt to take a first aid course or keep a few first aid items in your car or bike, but use your common sense and you'll be a great help. Thanks for stopping and helping...i'm sure you made a difference....ride safe....

Scott
 

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Paryers sent
 

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PRAYERS FROM TEXAS
Thank you for posting
 
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