Accidents happen, and, most of the time, they can't be avoided. However, that is not always the case, especially when it comes to traffic-related accidents.
In order to be safe and keep others from harm, drivers should follow the rules. Going over the speed limit, texting while driving, and not using turn signals could all have serious consequences.
Recently, a video of a violent crash between a bike and a car was shared on Reddit, showing how dangerous it can be to willingly choose to ignore everything we have learned in driving school.
Footage of the bike speeding through traffic captured by the biker's go-pro camera | Photo: reddit.com/Whatcouldgowrong/HomnivHef
OUT OF NOWHERE
In the short clip, which appears to have been filmed with a go-pro camera attached to the biker's helmet, we can see the two-wheeled vehicle speeding through traffic.
There are cars on the left and on the right and the biker, in order to get to his destination quicker, decided to lane-split, which he immediately regretted after crashing into a car's door.
IS LANE-SPLITTING LEGAL?
According to Tatum Law Firm, lane-splitting is illegal in North and South Carolina but legal in other states. However, and although the biker was speeding through, the car driver was also in the wrong.
The accident took place because the car driver decided to change lanes without properly signaling his intentions. The turn signal was never used in this situation.
The sharp turn to the left was an unsafe lane change. Changing lanes quickly can be seen as a defensive maneuver for bikers, but when done by cars, they can have devastating effects.
In this case, the car's driver failed to check their blind spot, which eventually led to the collision. As it can be seen in the video, the biker, whose health status is unknown, takes quite the tumble after the hit.
BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY
Driving safely should always be the number one priority when on the road, and neither one of the drivers took the necessary precautions to ensure their safety and the safety of those around them.
Back in March, a possible disregard for safety led to the death of a mother during a motorcycle memorial ride for her son who had tragically died in a motorcycle crash.
51-year-old Diane Everett had just lost 23-year-old Michael Jr. and was on the way to Horsetooth Reservoir in Colorado when she failed to recognize a curve near Homer road.
It was reported that Diane was riding her son's bike, a 2012 Honda CBR, when she drove into a ditch and hit the culvert and that the speed limit for the paved road near Carter Lake is 45 mph.