Chivalry Isn’t Dead, but It Almost Killed This Motorcycle Rider

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We’re not even going to start with all that talk about the risks you expose yourself to when you get on a motorcycle. The Internet is filled with videos showing that, and if you have a friend who likes to travel on two wheels, he probably has about ten stories that begin with “I shouldn’t be alive today.”
When you’re in a car, in case of an accident, it’s like having one or more get-out-of-jail free cards. As long as we’re not talking about full-speed head-on crashes, you can afford to have the occasional bump now and then, it’s no big deal. You just have to get your car repaired and that’s that.

On a motorcycle, any accident is a potentially fatal one. The first could very well be the last. And even if it doesn’t kill you, it will probably be enough to make you want to stay away from that thing, and look for the biggest, heaviest and safest substitute of a tank SUV to make sure you don’t go through that again.

In some countries, though, people rely heavily on their motorcycles and scooters. Excluding the financial aspect - two-wheeled vehicles are a lot more affordable - the streets just couldn’t handle a larger amount of cars. They can hardly cope with the swarming mopeds and motorcycles at times...

Certain parts of China fall into that category, and you can tell from this video shot in Wuhu, Anhui Province. Out of the seven vehicles that enter the scene, only two of them have four wheels. Unfortunately for the man driving on the right-hand lane, the vehicle he crashes into is one of them.

Before we say anything else, the elaborate video description insists on the fact that, despite the severity of the crash, the rider is fine now. But this was a completely avoidable accident.

The woman on the right is standing by her motorcycle, apparently waiting to push her vehicle across the road. She lets one other rider pass, and then looks over her shoulder and appears to begin crossing. She notices the soon-to-be victim coming, and so she stops. Too late, unfortunately, as the motorcycle driver had already begun the evasive maneuver that ultimately sent him in a head-on crash with the oncoming SUV.

There’s no doubt about who’s at fault here, but you have to ask yourself what the hell went through that man’s mind. When presented with the option of potentially hitting sideways a stationary scooter and a certain frontal impact with an oncoming SUV, what would a man with his survival instinct intact choose? Watch the video below for the wrong answer. Warning, even though there’s no gore and we know he’s alright, some people might still find the images disturbing.

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