Motorcyclist badly hurt in crash with SUV

| 13/01/2022 | 32 Comments
Road accident on Wednesday

(CNS): A motorcycle rider is the latest person to sustain serious injuries on Grand Cayman’s roads, as traffic collisions show no sign of abating in 2022. The rider was involved in a crash with a Silver Honda SUV around noon yesterday on North Sound Road, just north of the Shedden Road intersection by the Caymanian Village Plaza.

Emergency services attended and took the motorbike rider to the Cayman Islands Hospital, where he remains receiving treatment for serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The SUV driver was unhurt.

The crash is now under investigation by the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    And yet, how many of these gallant bikers blatantly blow the speed limits on the roadways after advancing at stoplights? If you don’t know the answer, pay attention.

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re right 7:19, there angels and demons on both sides of fence. What I will say however is with regards to dangerous driving likely to cause an accident is the cars vastly outweigh the bikers, swerving and cutting into spaces where there isn’t space and pulling out in front of oncoming cars/bikes. The other issue is the amount of cars with people smoking weed whilst driving is something else.

      I drive and ride a bike and in all honesty, when riding a bike it wouldn’t be unusually to have potentially been taking out on at least two occasions per ride if I wasn’t paying extra attention, – when driving, it’s fairly rare.

      What 3:28 says below, unfortunately I can’t help but lean towards he’s absolutely right, it really can be pretty wild out there.

      ‘Most car drivers seem to be fully aware that the motorcyclist will suffer the greatest harm in an accident, and hence take risks that they certainly wouldn’t take if it was another car oncoming.’

    • Anonymous says:

      How many people get behind the wheel of a car drunk and pose a threat to hundreds of people’s lives every day? Should you be apportioned a portion of the blame for every one of them because you also get behind the wheel of a car?

      The topic at hand is one car, one motorcycle, one accident, and it’s obvious from the picture who is at fault.

  2. Anonymous says:

    If ever I’m tempted to pick up my phone whilst driving I have one simple thought, is this more important than someone’s life. The temptation immediately goes away.

    • Anonymous says:

      I keep my phone in my pants pocket so I can’t answer it without first pulling over.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I rode a sports bike in central London for a decade without serious incident. I wouldn’t dream of riding one here. Too many ignorant, aggressive, clueless drivers

    • Anonymous says:

      I would also advise you not to cycle or walk the streets either. Both are death traps waiting…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Grand Cayman. Worst drivers on the planet.

    • Anonymous says:

      14 @ 10:24 am – Not quite! Check Kingston & Manila, half of whose population, respectively are here!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Very sad day for the cayman island,but you ever see that some of these rider think that they should not wait in line either,just saying.

    • Anonymous says:

      Lane splitting is legal in Cayman and the UK.

      A car gets rear ended at a stop light and it’s usually just a fender bender.

      I got rear ended on a motorcycle at a stop light by a truck and almost got squished between the two vehicles.

      This is why I go to the front at red lights. You literally lose less time anyway because I’m one less vehicle sitting in traffic with you, so I don’t get why you feel like I’m inconveniencing you.

      • Anonymous says:

        Driving up the verge however is both illegal and highly dangerous.

      • Anonymous says:

        Cool bro, you do you. It’s only a matter of time until you get in an accident. Lane splitting may be legal but do it at your peril.

        • Anonymous says:

          Well here you ride a bike at your peril full stop but IME “lane splitting” in stationary traffic at lights or roundabout isn’t particularly dangerous and stops you getting rear ended and squashed; you have to watch for idiots changing lane without looking but you pretty quickly get a 6th sense for them and so long as your closing speed isn’t silly it’s ok. Lane splitting in moving traffic is a bit crazy, especially here where very few drivers have any lane discipline at all or even know the most basic rules of the road.

          • Anonymous says:

            I’ve had people unexpectedly move from their lane as I was approaching on my bike innumerable times. In about 99% of the cases when I reached their vehicle it was because they were reading or texting something on their phone instead of looking at the road and had no idea that I was approaching.

            If government would allow ordinary citizens to issue traffic citations to others for texting while driving, and award them 10% of the fee, I could easily earn $100K in a month.

            This is probably a good job for the unemployed tourism workers. All they need is a cheap video camera to record the infraction and a citation book to write it up, and most of them could probably do the job on a bicycle during rush-hour traffic. The unemployed will make more money, and the drivers will stop texting while driving. Seems like a win/win to me.

          • Anonymous says:

            Of course you wouldn’t actually need to lane split in moving traffic if drivers followed the rules and used the right lane for overtaking only.

    • Anonymous says:

      They shouldn’t wait in line. This isn’t the USA.

  6. Truth says:

    Just assume that you will be hit by an idiot driver some day in Cayman and you won’t be disappointed.

    • Anonymous says:

      When my wife arrived I said 3 rules of the road

      Assume every other car will crash into you;
      Assume every cyclist will pull out in front of you;
      Assume every pedestrian will walk in front of you.

      Sad but true

  7. Jeff van keulen says:

    All drivers make mistakes sometimes. If it is a motorcycle that makes a mistake it can be fatal very easily. You an say it’s not your fault if a motorcyclist pulls in front of YOY, and it may not be, but how will you feel when they put the driver in a box and put dirt on him?

  8. Anonymous says:

    I ride everyday and all I see is everyone on their phones. Often I have to kick cars for cutting me off!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I only rode on sundays…one sunday a drunk pulled out in front of me in GT…i jumped off…received some skin rashes but was able to ride bike to hospital to get some stitches..y patch up…rode it home….driver never stopped??? Lets just say i no longer ride….cant immagine sitting in wheelchair resta life or losing a limb just because someone decides to drink or just dont care …nope..i aint no roadkill….

  10. Anonymous says:

    The SUV is out of the centre turn lane and fully into the lane of the oncoming cyclist. Anyone who rides a motorcycle will be familiar with cars turning in front of them in similar situations, or those who look you in the eyes and pull out in front of you.

    Most car drivers seem to be fully aware that the motorcyclist will suffer the greatest harm in an accident, and hence take risks that they certainly wouldn’t take if it was another car oncoming.

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t get the dislikes. This is exactly what happened and how my first accident happened too.

      Uninsured driver (guess from where) pulled out in front me thinking I’d just stop for them with 0.23 seconds to brake. Physics didn’t work like that, I hit their hood, flipped over it with the momentum and luckily landed on my ass. Walked away.

      I no longer assume ANY car sees me. Ride like you’re invisible.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes, I always think about pedestrians and bikers that they may have the right of way, but they’ll be dead. I’ll feel bad, but they be dead.

      • Anonymous says:

        I rode a motorcycle in England for three years (at school) before getting my car license. Riding a bike teaches you how ignorant most car drivers are. I think everyone should ride a bike for at least a year before getting a car license! You learn to see the a holes who are going to pull out in front of you whether you’re on a bike or in a car or even a truck! Saved me quite a few times since as I’m always prepared for the idiots…

      • Anonymous says:

        I’m guessing the dislikes are from those who think the guy on the dirt bike with no light who rides it on one wheel down the middle of Shamrock Road should take the blame for something.

        • Anonymous says:

          Kid’s got some skills to be fair. It’s really a pity there’s no motorsports park for these guys to go play.

    • Kadafe says:

      One could also presume that the driver was in the right and turned when the road was clear but did not expect the motorcycle to be traveling at such a speed to sustain serious injuries. It’s two lanes the driver has to cross to get to the plaza so I feel it safe to say that the road was reasonably clear. Motorcycles are know to be just as dangerous as cars round these parts. Speaking for myself only of course as a matured person I practice careful driving and don’t go willingly sticking my car with me inside into potential danger.

      • Anonymous says:

        You can sustain serious injury on a motorbike at relatively low speeds if hit at an unfortunate angle.

        • Anonymous says:

          On the head.

        • Kadafe says:

          I also happen to know that bikes stop pretty quickly at low speeds. they can stop almost on a dime so lets not play that game ok. The point is everyone needs to take their time and respect each other on the road including menacing bike riders.

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