Do you know someone that is accident prone? I know I do.
I have a brother and a sister that are accident prone and have been since they were children. I’m the oldest, so I witnessed the gore. Knocked out teeth, stitches in foreheads and broken bones were routine among those two, whereas my other sister and I went through childhood relatively scar free. In fact, I was 37 years-old before I first saw the inside of an emergency department and my sister was about the same age when she did.
I have known people that are constantly involved in accidents. Car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, catching things on fire(!) accidents, chain saw(!) accidents just seem to be a normal part of life for these people. Everybody has something happen sometimes, but these people tend to have more accidents than others.
My wife likes to tell me about this widow she knew. Her husband took up running and was hit three times by cars, so he took up cycling and was killed within the month. My wife is certain that my mortality will be similar to his and after a couple of years when it hasn’t, she is sure it will be that day. I think he was just accident prone, just like my brother and sister.
I ride my bike slowly compared to many people and can stop very quickly. I rarely take a hand off the handlebar, so people think I am being rude by not waving. I watch the road surface carefully and now, thanks to Mighk and Keri, I use enough of the road to keep myself safe — I didn’t used to do that. I am aware of motorists that make dumb right and left turns in front of me and know what to do to avoid them.
I rode my bike, in the ’70’s, in NYC (even Manhattan) and Atlanta with nary a mishap. How was this possible? According to all the safety experts I should have been long dead — run over by crazy motorists, like the widow’s husband.
I read things by bicycle “advocates” that say, “I was hit three times last year and I think we need . . . ” FULL STOP What? You were hit three times last year? I ignore what they say after that because it should be obvious that anyone that gets hit three times in a year is doing something wrong.