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motorcycle_accidentBy no fault of his own, Iraq war veteran Zacharie Perez was hit by two cars on a Texas interstate. A third car narrowly missed Perez as he laid on the concrete.

Perez was riding his motorcycle near Dallas when he slowed down due to traffic. The car behind him didn’t slow down, and rear ended Perez. Perez was thrown into the car in front of him and his bike was run over.

“I don’t remember being thrown in the air but I remember landing on the ground, trying to push myself back to the left lane, so that I wouldn’t get hit,” Perez said. “But then some of the witnesses came by and told me to stay down. I was about five to ten minutes from being home. I passed this car, the car that actually rear ended me, they were gesturing me to go around them. As I passed them, the people in front of me started slowing down.”

Perez ruptured his spleen, had four broken vertebrae, a broken rib, road rash, and a lumbar hernia. The driver that hit him, got three traffic violations.

Here’s the video of Perez’ accident.

Perez wasn’t driving recklessly. He wasn’t speeding. He wasn’t following too closely. He just had the terrible misfortune of riding in front of a reckless driver.

Perez was in no way at fault, but here are a few things you might want to consider in order to prevent a similar accident.

  • Wear bright reflective clothing.
  • Try to avoid engine braking in traffic. Using your engine to brake will not engage your brake lights, and some drivers may not realize that you are slowing.

Of course, it looks like Perez was wearing a bright white jacket and used his hand brake. So even if you do everything correctly, remember that you’re still at risk while you’re on a motorcycle.

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

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