How does a fatal motorcycle crash happen? The video below shows a rider’s viewpoint of an accident that killed him, and it shows how quickly things can go wrong.
The video, released by police in the UK, shows 38-year-old David Holmes leaving the DirtQuake II event in June, 2013. He’s in high spirits, riding pretty quickly, when he’s cut off by a Renault. The crash kills him.
Holmes’s family approved the video’s release, co-operating with police in an attempt to prevent similar tragedies.
The car driver was prosecuted over the accident, according to the Wisbech Standard’s article on the video. According to Visordown, he admitted to guilt and was given a 12-month community sentence and an 18-month driving ban; he told police he hadn’t seen Holmes’s bike, or the car behind him.
There’s been a lot of Internet buzz about this video already. Some viewers are quick to blame the car, saying the driver shouldn’t have cut off Holmes. Others blame Holmes, saying he was going too fast. Motorcycle writer Mark Gardiner has a pretty good breakdown of the video on his site here, with some lessons that every rider needs to hear.