Trucker helps Biker
Sam Thorne from MN wrote: I was first trained in Accident Scene Management in 2008 in both Basic
and Advanced and I have maintained my certification ever since. Unfortunately, I have experienced
unwelcome situations twice but fortunately in both incidents, riders suffered minor injuries. The accident scenes were handled in a safe and professional manner by keeping the scene safe and preventing any further incidents from happening.
In my most recent incident I had changed jobs and had returned to driving tractor-trailer rigs over the
road. Unfortunately, this has meant that I am not putting as many desired miles on my bike. Even so,
one early morning on I-35 in Iowa I was the first one at a serious motorcycle accident.
Traffic was scarce as I headed south into Iowa. I was just a few miles south of the Minnesota State line and It was a clear and brisk spring morning, around 2:30am. Another driver heading north broke the silence on the CB airwaves. He was frantically screaming about several bikes that were attempting to overtake his truck traveling at 75 MPH.
One of the 4 bikes had lost control of his bike and began flipping end over end. The truck driver who
was heading north was unable to get slowed down and stop to lend assistance. I was southbound at
the 118 milepost, and he had just passed the 108 heading North. I responded to his call for help and
began to slow down a mile or so north as I saw several headlights of vehicles parked on the
I pulled my rig off the shoulder and crossed the southbound lanes on foot as I entered the median
where the other riders were standing next to their downed buddy. The tall grass was soaked from the
winter thaw and one of my shoes disappeared to the soft mud. The rider was attempting to pull his
helmet off as he lay in the wet mud.
I stated who I was and explained that I was trained in Motorcycle Accident Scene Management. I asked the rider to lay flat and try to relax. He was coherent, breathing regularly, but wrestling with his helmet. I asked him to wait while I asked him some questions and told him it would be best to wait for EMTís to remove his lid. His right leg was twisted, and he was complaining of severe pain in his left shoulder.
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Quick Tips for Fall Riding by Melissa Juranitch
The autumn season is upon us and that means changes for a lot more than just the leaves. With a snap to the season, some of us are moving a bit slower when we take our bikes out. For many, fall is a favorite riding season, the vibrant colors and crisp air create a colorful new world in which to explore some of our favorite roads, or to find some new ones.
Like any season however, fall has its own unique challenges. Safe riding in fall can be achieved by
keeping a few simple tips in mind:
1.) Youíre cold, the bike is cold!: As the temperature drops, your tires will take longer to warm up, which means decreased grip for a longer period of time (now would be a good time to check that tread depth too!). Make sure to give the bike, and yourself, ample time to warm up before hitting the twisties.
2.) Slick leaves and hidden ice: On a sunny fall day, itís easy to forget winter is just around the corner. However, frost and ice can form overnight and linger into the day, especially on bridges and in shadows. Additionally, wet or thick leaves can be just as slippery as ice or gravel, and are a hazard that many forget about during the fall and summer months.
es or closely adhering to driving laws, you need a wide range of know-how to ensure your safety and the safety of the drivers around you. statistical evidence to prove that helmets save lives.
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By Vicki Sanfelipo, RN/EMT
Group motorcycle rides can be fun and many close friendships are forged through shared experiences. For some people, a group-ride means that a few friends meet at a truck stop early morning and they donít return home until it gets dark out. For others, the groupís Road Captains, Road Guards or event planners plan a group-ride. Regardless of how a group-ride shapes up, there is typically a person in the lead who knows the route and has agreed to lead the rest of the riders that day. That person may utilize a GPS or other directions they have printed out. There is often a person assigned to "sweep" or act as a "tail gunner" who brings up the rear of the group. It is that personís responsibility to make sure no one is left behind and help out of there is a breakdown or if assistance is needed by anyone in the group. Some groups take that responsibility seriously and request that anyone acting as a rear sweep have medical training, supplies and tools needed to implement their training. That person is typically given all route instructions in case they get left behind and need to catch up to the group. They also have phone numbers in case they need to call and let the group leader know why they are not with the group.
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