I was riding down a state two lane today and came upon a wreck. A guy on a Yamaha cruiser was running down the road, not even speeding, and this girl pulls out right in front of him. He locked the bike up, went down on the pavement, skidded 100 feet or more, left the pavement and slid into a ditch probably another 50 feet. He missed the SUV. I came up immediately after the crash, the car that caused the crash was sitting beside the road, no one getting out. Another car coming from the other direction stopped, but didn't help. I rode up and he was standing. I asked him if he was OK, and he said yeah. He was bleeding from both arms, left elbow was torn up, possible broken finger (turning purple and swelling), and his left kidney area was rashed with some deeper gashes. He was shaking, possibly from the adrenaline buzz, also from being smashed into pavement. I was the first responder. I pulled out my med kit and put anti bio on the wounds after washing the gravel out with water, but some topical numbing stuff on, but I had no bandages large enough to cover the arms.
His bike survived relatively well, mirrors, bags, footboards, aux lights, handlebars and windshield are goners, but everything else was pretty much untouched, well, the tank took a major hit. I found his shoe about 100 feet from where he was. I stayed with him until the ambulance arrived, the firetruck arrived, and finally 15 minutes later a state trooper arrived, and his fiance. When I was sure he was ok and that he had a way to get his bike home I took off.
yes he wore a helmet, but it was unscratched as were his face and shoulders. He was a lucky guy. You never think you'll be the one to be a first responder and now I have been. I thank the good lord there were no compound fractures or grey matter on the pavement.