Douglas L Perry, The Author blog

July 2, 2009

Disastrous Outcome

Filed under: Thoughts — douglaslperry @ 9:03 pm
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This last week a motorcycle rider friend of mine was injured in an accident with an 18 wheeler. It’s hard when someone you know gets hurt. It’s especially hard when you know that person was an expert at that skill. 

My friend had been riding for years, and while she didn’t have zero incidents, the ones she had were relatively minor. This one, was not. 

It’s interesting to see how other riders react to this situation.

Riders like to think that they are in control of their own destiny. Therefore, if something goes wrong, the other rider must have made a mistake. They don’t want to think about the situation where an accident occurs out of random chance, because that leaves them vulnerable. Riders like to think that as long as they remain vigilant, nothing bad will happen.

This situation is amplified when an expert rider has an incident. Noob riders wonder how the expert rider could have missed the warning signs and got into the accident. To the noobs, if it can happen to an expert, then the chance of it happening to them is almost guaranteed. The noobs have to assume that the expert rider made a huge mistake to justify the outcome. It isn’t good enough that random chance caught up to the expert, that’s just way too scary. 

What I have found is that it usually isn’t a single mistake that causes a mishap. In fact it might not be any mistakes at all. Too many times I have seen a cascade of unrelated, seemingly innocuous events, that all fall together to create a bad outcome. Each of the events by themselves are innocent, but when they are strung together, they create an impossible situation, that not even an expert can overcome. 

I don’t know if that is what happened to my friend or not. It doesn’t really matter. I just want to see her back on the road.

1 Comment »

  1. I agree, sometimes life gives us bad situations in order to overcome them, unfortunately, there are lots of people who aren0t able to surpass them…
    I hope your friend is alright.
    Good Luck and cheer her on!

    Comment by xxhawkeyexx — July 2, 2009 @ 9:13 pm

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