If there were ever a cautionary tale about the dangers of ignoring injures after an automobile accident, this is it. An unidentified motorcycle rider, 65, was involved in an accident with a BMW on the service road of Interstate 45 South at about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, January 8. The male victim had minor injuries, but refused treatment and drove away from the scene on his Harley.
He was pronounced dead on Thursday, January 9, due to head injuries sustained during the accident, according to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. His identity is being withheld pending notification to his family members.
In early December, my wife and I were driving down 11th when a young woman, not paying attention, ran the red light at Shepherd, causing us to slam into her car just behind the driver's side door. Luckily, no one was seriously injured, though my truck of 14-plus years was totaled.
After the accident, in which our air bags didn't even deploy, numerous people asked us for days if we were okay. Fortunately, neither of us was even sore thanks primarily to my truck, which was large enough that even this accident felt more like bumper cars than a serious wreck.
But had I felt at all bad, no doubt I would have consulted with a doctor, just as this guy should have, particularly a motorcycle rider at the scene of the accident.
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Hopefully, others will heed the warning.