When people ride motorcycles, they must be alert, watchful and prepared for just about anything in terms of a potential accident.
However, Scottish actor Gerard Butler had no time to prepare for a crash that left him with multiple injuries. The 2017 incident illustrates just how quickly a car-motorcycle crash can happen.
No time to stop
Mr. Butler was riding his motorcycle on an otherwise uneventful day when a woman parked on the far side of the road decided to enter traffic by executing a U-turn. She made the turn directly in front of him, and he had no choice but to hit her car. The impact caused him to go “flying through the air.” He adds that he did a somersault before landing.
Assessing the damage
Although he insisted that he would be fine, the actor admitted to having five fractures in his right foot. He also sustained a torn meniscus and had several cuts and bruises. Even at that, he was very fortunate, and the crash left him with a new respect for life. “I could have landed any number of ways that would have taken me out,” he told reporters.
For such a violent crash, the injuries Gerard Butler suffered were actually very mild compared to the types that are common to motorcyclists. Many riders who are involved in crashes suffer serious injuries to their legs or feet because limbs can easily be pinned beneath the heavy bike when it falls over. Severe head injuries are also common when, like Mr. Butler, a rider goes “flying.” Motorcyclists should wear DOT-approved helmets to help prevent head trauma. Riders should also wear boots that zip up, rather than casual shoes that can easily come off in an accident.
While all riders should be attentive and watchful, accidents still happen, and there are some that no amount of preparation can prevent.