Motorcyclists in Oklahoma and around the country know that intersections can be deadly. If they ever need to be reminded of this, all they need to do is look at photographs of a recent accident scene. The graphic images show a motorcycle crushed under the wheels of a semi-tractor trailer. The motorcycle is an almost unrecognizable mass of twisted metal, but its rider miraculously escaped the accident with only minor injuries.
A motorcyclist ran a red light
The motorcycle and semi-truck accident took place on Nov. 8, 2021, in Carver County, Minnesota, at approximately 10:45 a.m. According to a report from the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, the motorcycle was proceeding southbound on County Road 11, which is also known as the Jonathan Carver Parkway, when it struck a commercial vehicle that was in the process of making a left turn onto the northern lanes of Highway 212. Deputies say the motorcyclist ran a red light moments before the impact.
Motorcycle was stolen
The 30-year-old Minnesota man who had been riding the motorcycle was transported to a local hospital with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries. Deputies say that a records check revealed that the motorcycle had recently been reported stolen. The CCSO said in a tweet that the accident should remind motorcyclists about the importance of wearing a helmet even though reports indicate that the rider involved was not wearing head protection.
Riders should not rely on luck
Cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users, and accidents that claim their lives are becoming worryingly common. The motorcyclist who emerged from this accident with only minor injuries was very lucky, but luck always runs out eventually. Those who take to the road on foot or on two wheels should never rely on luck to get them home safely. Instead, they should remain vigilant at all times, and they should take special care at busy intersections.