usually, when something bad happens, you try to get together with people who can relate and just talk...not necessarily even about the bad thing that happened, but just the solace from having people around you that can honestly say "i know what you mean". well, i don't have any close friends that ride...the only riders i know are from bcsb, so unfortunately for you guys, i'll have to write/say what's going on in my head after reading one fatality post last week, then another this week.
after i read about the fatal accident in new west, you always know (though one may stick with denial) that riding a bike is quite dangerous. a simple misjudgment in a car may result in a dent or some cuts, but can prove fatal as a rider. when another vehicle is involved in a motorcycle accident, most riders are usually able to derive a lesson, or a tip, something that may prevent them from getting into that same unfortunate tragedy. but when it's an accident between a rider and the road, it's a little tougher to swallow. everyone (i apologize if this is an over-generalization) pushes their bike to some extent and really, that tragedy could really happen to anyone. if there was a car involved, one can argue (although rather poorly) that there would have been no accident if that car slowed down, or if the rider slowed down, or if the car paid more attention, etc. but when it's just the rider and the road, there's no denial. just cold reality. sucks.