Do You See the Motorcycle?

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VW+bike 1The Honda crotch rocket rider was traveling at approximately 85 mph. The VW driver was talking on a cell phone when she pulled out from a side street, apparently not seeing the motorcycle.

More photos after the jump.

VW+bike 2The riders reaction time was not sufficient enough to avoid this accident. The car had two passengers and the bike rider was found INSIDE the car with them. The Volkswagen actually flipped over from the force of impact and landed 20 feet from where the collision took place.

VW+bike 3All three involved (two in the car and the bike rider) were killed instantly. This graphic demonstration was placed at the Motorcycle Fair by the Police and Road Safety Department.

Pass this on to car drivers or soon to be new drivers, or new motorcycle owners
AND ESPECIALLY EVERYONE YOU KNOW WHO HAS A CELL PHONE!!!!!

VW+bike 4A picture is worth a thousand words.

Stop talking on cell phones and texting while trying to drive. Put your cell phone in the back seat !!!

Text and photos via DoubleD.

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  • NB

    Stop talking on cell phones?

    HOW ABOUT STOP DRIVING 85 MPH ON YOUR BIKE!!!!!

    Driving and talking is legal.

    85 MPH is not.

  • Rider

    This was Europe. Are you sure 85mph was illegal?

    And either way, careless driving, while “legal” does not mean it’s smart, or right.

    Bottom line: it cost her life to exercise her alleged rights to multi-task behind the wheel, so I side with MO.

    Lose the cell phone while driving!

    NHTSA just held a summit on how to contend with the distracted driving by motorists. It is reaching epidemic proportions in the U.S., prompting lawmakers to consider laws against it in various states.

  • Darch

    I agree with MO on this one too, whether the rider is going 85 or 65, drivers too need to pay attention to driving. They just outlawed driving and texting/talking on cell phones in my county and goes into effect next month. Also average highway speed here is 70 mph.

    Answers simple, focus on what you are doing, whether driving or riding. If its so important you need to talk PULL OVER!

  • Harleyrider1989

    While this is a good example of why one shouldnt be talking on a cell phone , its also a good example of why riders need to obey speed limits. The story states the VW driver pulled out from a side road which means the type of road they were on the speed limit would be 55 mph or lower for the Honda rider.

  • DFH

    Nb said “Stop talking on cell phones?

    HOW ABOUT STOP DRIVING 85 MPH ON YOUR BIKE!!!!!

    Driving and talking is legal.

    85 MPH is not.”

    Failure to give way is illegal.

    Driving without due care and attention is illegal.

    Road laws are specifically written that vehicle operators responsibility to others on the roads is not diminished by the possible illegal behaviours of other vehicle operators.

    The bike involved is a VFR400 NC30 and the VW is euro-spec. From my time living in Europe I think it is more than likely that the rider was exceeding the speed limit. On the other hand the car drivers errors would have been just as fatal to all concerned if the rider was at the speed limit, even if the result would have been less visually interesting.

  • Thundergirl

    The truth is….they were both in the wrong and paid the price! Even had the driver NOT been on the phone, chances of her/him seeing the motorcycle, that was traveling at 85mph, in enough time to stop were slim. Best advise is for ALL drivers, no mater what the wehicle, to drive defensively. And YES, I am a motorcycle owner and rider!

  • Joe Hilbig Saskatoon SK

    On your bike you are the only one who can ensure safety. People pull out in fron of bikes all the time. People are not expecting to see something that small, and we’re invisible to them.

    Don’t expect other people to take care of you; take responsibility for your own safety.

  • http://www.sfu.edu.ph Noly Baseleres

    Wow!
    I have been a Rider for quite sometime already. Approximately 35 years to present and been on all kinds of bike big and small. I never imagined this thing could happen. I’ve seen camels into a car in the middle east as the car was doing about 200 kms per hour but a bike into a car at 85mph is something.
    Cars should be equipped with a device that blocks the cell phone signal when in motion or phones should loose signal when user is in a car.

  • JF

    Are you serious? Even if the rider was going 55 mph the accident probably would have been deadly. It’s really an awareness problem, and when you see things like this you should resolve to become a more cautious driver.

  • ummp

    No need for special equipment for cars or motorcycles as both have more than satisfactory tools on them. It’s the motoring public misusing their equipment (brains). IMO rider was destined to hit something riding at those speeds and driver was destined to miss something coming down the road by chatting on the cell phone. Just so happen they were both doing something wrong at the same time.

  • Greg

    Talk about poor reporting!!! This “story” has gone around the internet since 2005. The accident was casused by the RIDER going 155mph not the driver on a cell phone.
    Check out the following to get the real story:
    http://www.driveandstayalive.com/articles%20and%20topics/crash%20causation/speed_swedish-motorcycle-crash_2005.htm

  • http://www.d2moto.com motorcycle parts

    155mph? WOW! that’s fast!

  • Spin

    Only 2005? I first saw this getting on for 10 years ago.

    AFAIR, it was an exhibit for a Dutch road safety exhibition and shows every sign of being mocked up. If the bike had hit hard enough to enter the passenger compartment, it wouldn’t be lying on its side with its fairing almost totally intact.

    The bike is a VFR400 with a absolute TOP speed of around 135mph, so the “real” story with the 155mph speed is utter nonsense. At that speed, the bike would be in tiny pieces and the car cut in two.

  • Gordon Day

    ” SHIT!”

  • http://www.bitzforbikes.co.uk/ ukbiker

    That was so tragic, really these pictures should be forwarded to all your loved ones. May God let the souls rest in piece of the ones who died in the accident.