Friday, 18 October 2013

More motorcycle madness


In case you missed my recent post on motorcycle safetywhat the hell is wrong with you?  I put the link right there!  Go read it! 

Ok fine, you lazy ass.  My point in that post was that motorcycles are incredibly dangerous.  And shortly after writing it, I found more pictures I had taken of several other patients who utterly and completely proved my point beyond any reasonable doubt. 

A man in full protective gear crashed his motorcycle after taking a turn too fast.  Not only did he still end up with road rash (despite his complete full-body "protection"), it didn't help his femur at all:

Ow.  Leather and kevlar DO NOT PROTECT BONES.  Got that?

A few days later a woman was riding her death trap, also in full protective gear, when she hit some gravel, lost control, and crashed.  Did all that leather save her?  See for yourself:

That metal rod running up and down is the temporary splint.  And the bone underneath the rod is what used to be her knee.  The end of her femur is completely shattered, and you can see several shards of bone protruding through her skin.  The medics brought me a chunk of bone the size of a plum that they found on the road.

And yet another idiot was riding his murdercycle when he was hit by a car.  Had HE been in a car, he would have been fine.  But his leg took the brunt of the impact, and it was far from fine:

So what's my point?  Yeah, you get it.  Motorcycles are dangerous. Blah blah blah.  I'm not sure if I'm beating a dead horse or driving my point home here.  Maybe both.  Either way, it's my damned blog and besides, I just needed an excuse to post these pictures.


  1. Ooch! When bit of your bones start heading off down the road on their own you just know something's gone seriously wrong!

    In the first picture, what's shown on the right of the picture? I thought initially it was the other (broken) leg but then it looks like it has a screw-thread on it.

    Interesting post as ever Doc'.

    1. That's another one of those temporary braces that the medics use to hold the leg steady during transport.

  2. The guy with his back to us in the background of the last picture looks like he's not wearing pants. Hmm...

    What kinda hospital are you running there, doc?

    1. Someone is doing a little too much detective work.

      Believe it or not, that's one of the trauma staff wearing peach-coloured scrubs with a baggy shirt over them. No naked staff members, just naked patients.

    2. Somehow peach-colored pants are worse than no pants at all. I guess they don't hire you surgeons for your fashion sense... :P

  3. You know, when I was a child, a family friend took me for a ride on their motorbike. It was the best fun I'd ever had and since then I always wanted to get a motorbike licence. Not a car licence. A bike licence. I didn't want to drive, I wanted to ride.

    But as I've gotten older...I'm not so sure about that. I actually have issues with driving a car, it makes me nervous. How much more nervous would I be riding a bike?! I'd have no protection. Yeah, they're cool and I still love the way they look and whatnot, but I think I'll be admiring the machines from afar.

    Too dangerous, too much of a risk for me. I like my bones the way they are (except for my hand, its a little messed up) and I don't want to damage them. Nor do I want to die.

  4. I used to love motorcycles. One friends nasty accident (and several "discussions" about riding a death trap later) they have lost the appeal they once had.

  5. I feel the need to share this. There was recently a major motorcycle accident in my sleepy little hometown. A minivan driver crossed over into the wrong lane, colliding with two motorcycles, with two riders each. The cyclists were killed almost instantly, and the van driver would have been fine if they hadn't driven off the road. All five people died. Such a tragedy. Everyone was going the speed limit, and all the riders had full protective gear. I guess the point is that you can be the best motorcycle rider in the history of mankind, but it only takes one mistake from an idiot in a normal car to kill you.

    You can't fight physics. Learn conservation of momentum and energy transfer in collisions. It may just save your life.

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