The thing that makes me laugh is how so many non riders believe they are experts on how much a helmet will save our lives. Really? I can maybe see it saving my life if I accidentally drop my bike at a low speed and fall off, but if I'm going 70 mph and a cage decides to hit me, not sure that helmet is going to make the difference or not. Hopefully I never have to find that out.
Another thing that really made me mad is how so many of the people commenting on social media about this accident kept saying that motorcyclists are really most of the problem because we go too fast and swerve in and out of traffic. I guess it's like anything, a few doorknobs ruin everyone else's reputation. I admit that sometimes I go about 5 mph over the speed limit, but that's only to stay away from all of the cage drivers that are talking on their cellphones or texting. Instead of gunning for us to have a helmet law, why don't we work on laws against talking and texting when you should be driving. I'm riding along and instead of enjoying my ride I'm looking for the cagers that really aren't giving two shits about anyone else but their life because they are so in need of being in touch with everyone all the time. How about ya put the phone down and pay attention to the road! Maybe roll your windows down and experience life a little!!
I would have to say though that the thing that irritated me the most about the social media comments. about this sad accident. were all of the people that said this young man got what he should have for his actions. It's sad how social media has made it so easy to hide behind a screen name and has enabled people to just say the meanest things possible about other human beings. It's very sad. It made me think, I sure hope I'm never the one that the news is reporting on because I'd hate for my family to read such horrible comments saying that it was my fault and I deserved what I got. Compassion is something that more people need to work into their day to day lives when interacting with others.
Rest in Peace, Shawn Sabin.