I AM, in true fashion, a bicyclist, but I bought a motorcycle last May to keep up with my burgeoning responsibilities at work.
I always knew then how treacherous a vehicle it is, but I got enamored by the sense of freedom the ‘motor’ makes me feel that I even bought another one in July. So I have a Yamaha Mio Soul Automatic scooter and an EM-100 motorcycle. I bought two so I can use one in Laoag, where I reside, and another in Batac, where I earn bread and some butter.
I always thought I was a very careful driver. My Laoag to Batac drive takes me almost thirty minutes while other riders swear it only takes them fifteen. But accidents choose nobody, and no matter how good a driver you may be, you cannot always expect others to be as careful. Worse, much as you wish, you cannot always trust yourself to be as cautious as humanly possible. There are times when deep thought distracts you, and, occasionally, your senses simply betray you. Or it could be the weather. Or the infrastructure. Or the vehicle itself.
I have always prepared myself, psychologically, for the eventuality of an accident. At one point or another, a driver meets one, minor or otherwise. Accidents happen, and the catch is you’ll never know when until it strikes you like lightning or like a Manny Pacquiao left hook, whichever is faster. Continue reading “Musings of a motorcycle crash survivor”