If a person were to sit in a crowded room full of people and load a gun while talking on a cell phone and smoking a cigarette, I’m willing to bet more than a nickel that everyone in the room would be—at the very least—nervous and concerned. Yet, on a daily basis, people thoughtlessly jump into their car or truck and speed down the road paying little or no attention, even though motor vehicles account for 39 percent of accidental deaths nationally, while firearms are involved in 0.6 percent.
Motorcycles, scooters and bicycles are not dangerous, despite constant warnings and sentiment from all directions—starting with your mother and ending with your helmet label. The chances of a person on a two-wheeled vehicle crashing due to simple operator error are very slim. However, four-wheeled vehicles—or I should say people driving four-wheeled vehicles—are extremely dangerous and potentially fatal, due mostly to a total lack of concern, attention or respect for others and the road.
The Asheville area has become flooded with all sorts of bikes, along with all sorts of terrible traffic and a need to be extra cautious. As a motorcycle rider of 13 years, I have had my life put in total danger many times by someone in a car or truck because they were driving aggressively or simply not paying attention.
In the last couple of years, this area has become a fight for your life because of people in cars. I have had at least a dozen friends and people I know and love get hurt or killed on two wheels or even on foot in the last two years. There is no excuse. You had a bad day, you’re tired and just want to get home, you’re spaced out. No! Pay attention to the road and realize that lives are in your hands. We want to get home too, and telling my mom that you “just weren’t paying attention” won’t be good enough when she has to see my body go into the ground.
— Brandon Oliver