This Teen’s Message about Motorcycle Safety will Give You Goosebumps
Riding a motorcycle is an exciting, exhilarating, and liberating experience, but it’s also a dangerous one. Lawmakers and non-profit groups alike have been working overtime in past years to improve safety conditions for motorcyclists on the road, but tragic accidents still happen on a regular basis.
The Biggest Threats to Motorcyclists
Many drivers have a tendency to blame motorcycle riders for hurting themselves by zigzagging through traffic and trying to go too fast, but the truth is that far too many motorcyclist deaths occur due to the neglect of automobile drivers. The largest danger to bikers is oncoming traffic, since many drivers multitask and don’t pay close enough attention to the road. Motorcycles are small and often easy to miss in a blind spot, so any distracted driving on the part of an automobile driver can lead to rider fatalities. Even a small clip by a car can knock a rider from his bike and throw him into traffic.
Cars waiting to turn also pose a major threat, since many drivers make careless left turns and end up pulling out in front of a cruising motorcycle. While the car may not sustain too much damage, the vulnerable motorcycle rider is often killed, even with the protection of a helmet.
Cory Arthur’s Story
Seventeen-year-old Cory Arthur has experienced enough death and devastation for an entire lifetime. In August 2015, Arthur’s big brother Anthony was killed in a motorcycle crash when a car pulled out in front of him and ultimately killed him. Only a few months later, her close friend Dave was riding on US-1 and had a truck pull out in front of him. Dave’s bike flipped over the car and Dave lost his life.
To honor her brother and friend, Arthur and her boyfriend Andrew Taylor donned special helmets and rode their own motorcycles in commemoration. But Arthur suffered another tragic blow when her boyfriend was riding his motorcycle from his house to hers. Only one mile from Arthur’s home, Taylor was killed in a hit-and-run accident. By the time Arthur arrived on scene, Taylor was already in a body bag. The hit-and-run driver was finally caught and admitted to being high and drunk while driving.
Rather than wallowing in her own despair, Arthur is working to use her tragedies as examples of why additional motorcycle safety measures are desperately needed in Florida. She has been standing silently at the intersection where her boyfriend lost his life, with signs that remind drivers to look twice for motorcycles. “Helmet or no helmet, anything can happen at any given second,” she says.