World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Sunday, November 17, 2013 is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.  It's observed every year on the third Sunday of November.

WDR is dedicated to remembering the millions killed or injured in road crashes all over the world.  It also pays tribute to the emergency crews and medical professionals who deal with the trauma associated with traffic accidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, yesterday, released its 2012 Motor Vehicle Crashes Overview, showing that motorcycle deaths increased 7.1% from 2011 to 2012.

Motorcyclists are at the greatest risk as more passenger vehicles hit the road each year.  Increasing congestion leading to road rage, along with increases in unlicensed drivers, distracted drivers on their cell phones and their satellite navigation, all contribute to more motorcyclist injuries and deaths.

It was a little over 8 years ago that a friend of mine named Bien was killed on her motorcycle while riding along the freeway north to Las Vegas Bike Fest.  A truck was trying to get off the freeway in a hurry and clipped the rear end of her Yamaha V-Star, throwing her off the bike and killing her.  There was a rather large memorial service of fellow riders, perhaps about a hundred of them including myself, who gathered at a favorite place of hers to spread her ashes.

Another friend, Dick, suffered an accident about two years later.  He went down when another motorcyclist took a corner too hard, lost control of his bike and went down.  Dick's Honda Goldwing was coming around the corner at the same time, crashed into the other bike, causing him to go down too.  Dick had a broken pelvis and damaged organs.  He remained bed-ridden for about two years until his body finally gave out.

As riders, we all know that death rides along with us.  The skull motif we see emblazoned on helmets, jackets, vests, stickers, and elsewhere is an acknowledgement that one day we too will be claimed by the road. Yet, we continue to ride.  The price of freedom, the endless horizon, and the comfort of brothers and sisters, all makes it worthwhile.

Tell us about a motorcycle rider you remember who met their fate on the road...

Source: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

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