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Old 06-12-2006, 01:38 PM   #31
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I think they are speculating a broken jaw....just speculation though.
That sounds about right since they're saying he did a face plant off a car windshield. Hopefully that's the worst of it.
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Old 06-12-2006, 01:43 PM   #32
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That sounds about right since they're saying he did a face plant off a car windshield. Hopefully that's the worst of it.
If so, he could still be ready for the opener. They would get him one of those fancy smancy face guards like Steve Deberg had years ago.
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Old 06-12-2006, 01:46 PM   #33
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At least some good may come from this: getting some attention on the dangers of riding a bike (with or without a helmet). The way I look at it, you're taking a much bigger risk with riding a motorcycle versus driving a car - to me, it just isn't worth it.
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Old 06-12-2006, 02:15 PM   #34
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Or they could be reliving pressure from is brain. In any case, the idiot had it coming and I for one I'm not sympathetic.
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Old 06-12-2006, 02:18 PM   #35
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At least some good may come from this: getting some attention on the dangers of riding a bike (with or without a helmet). The way I look at it, you're taking a much bigger risk with riding a motorcycle versus driving a car - to me, it just isn't worth it.
Do you think that MC riders are suddenly going to wake up the fact that riding is dangerous because some NFL player got into an accident? Riders know that riding is dangerous. So is driving a car. 40,000 people a year die driving cars in this country. So is smoking. Over a million a year die from smoking related illnesses. Do you think they didn't know it was dangerous?

It isn't worth it to you, fine, don't ride, but don't condemn riding just because you don't think the reward is worth the risk. Simply put, if I have to explain to you why people ride, then nothing I can say will convey the reasoning to you so I won't try.

By the way, I'll put money that Ben was cut off by the other driver and was not at fault. It's a classic situation for riders...car doesn't look/see you and turns in front of you. Look out for riders guys, they are out there and you have to look for them.

He's still an idiot for not wearing a helmet. Just my $0.02

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Old 06-12-2006, 02:25 PM   #36
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Wow. Hope he's alright, but no one to blame but himself. My father in law rides without a helmet, and tried to tell me that in crashes, helmets don't save lives. Maybe at 60mph, but at 30 when you land on your FACE, you better believe a helmet makes all the differnce between getting up and walking away, and going into surgery.

Note to Ben: ride AFTER your NFL career. Why risk the dream job that SO many strive for? WHy let all your fans and teammates down becuase you like the feel of the wind through your hair? Man.
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Old 06-12-2006, 02:32 PM   #37
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Do you think that MC riders are suddenly going to wake up the fact that riding is dangerous because some NFL player got into an accident? Riders know that riding is dangerous. So is driving a car. 40,000 people a year die driving cars in this country. So is smoking. Over a million a year die from smoking related illnesses. Do you think they didn't know it was dangerous?

It isn't worth it to you, fine, don't ride, but don't condemn riding just because you don't think the reward is worth the risk. Simply put, if I have to explain to you why people ride, then nothing I can say will convey the reasoning to you so I won't try.

By the way, I'll put money that Ben was cut off by the other driver and was not at fault. It's a classic situation for riders...car doesn't look/see you and turns in front of you. Look out for riders guys, they are out there and you have to look for them.

He's still an idiot for not wearing a helmet. Just my $0.02

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I do think that some people are going to reconsider riding bikes because of this. I just think that some people really aren't aware that motorcycles are that dangerous. To me, a car cutting off another car is dangerous in itself - but a car cutting off a motorcycle is much more life-threatening because of vulnerability and also a less likelihood of being aware that the motorcycle is even there. And of course, there are dangers with driving cars - but there is more of a danger to your life when you ride a motorcycle because you don't have the same protection of airbags, seatbelts, or even the physical car itself. Not to mention, motorcycles are smaller and thus less visible.

And I'm not condemning anybody for riding motorcycles - I just don't think they are aware of the dangers all of the time.
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Old 06-12-2006, 02:39 PM   #38
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Re: Roethlisberger injured in motorcycle accident

I hope he'll be fine, but it's his fault. Maybe he'll learn from this and start wearing a helmet.
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Old 06-12-2006, 02:43 PM   #39
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By the way, I'll put money that Ben was cut off by the other driver and was not at fault. It's a classic situation for riders...car doesn't look/see you and turns in front of you. Look out for riders guys, they are out there and you have to look for them.
This is another reason why I don't ride motorcycles. Even if it isn't your fault, the one riding the motorcycle is the one that will have the greater chance of being injured.

Accidents happen all the time and I don't know about you, but when I hear about a motorcycle being involved - the first thing I say is: what happened to the guy on the motorcycle ?
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Re: Roethlisberger injured in motorcycle accident

On a somewhat related note, is Kellen Winslow going to play this year? The'r both kind of dumb for riding motorcycles when they know they probably shouldn't. I won't say that people shouldn't buy motorcycles, I'm actually thinking about getting one, but Ben obviously should have been wearing a helmet regardless of whether or not he likes them b/c he knows he's go a lot riding on his health. Really, he's just being selfish by not at least wearing a helmet when he does choose to ride.
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Old 06-12-2006, 02:56 PM   #41
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Wow. Hope he's alright, but no one to blame but himself. My father in law rides without a helmet, and tried to tell me that in crashes, helmets don't save lives. Maybe at 60mph, but at 30 when you land on your FACE, you better believe a helmet makes all the differnce between getting up and walking away, and going into surgery.

Note to Ben: ride AFTER your NFL career. Why risk the dream job that SO many strive for? WHy let all your fans and teammates down becuase you like the feel of the wind through your hair? Man.
Tell dad in law, he is DEAD wrong. I have done quite a bit of motorcycle "roadracing", and many years of street riding. I have been in many track related crash's, and a couple on the street (always with the most expensive helmet on my head). Some of these occurred over 100 mph. Three of these crash's have been potentially "terminal". I had to dispose of the helmet in each of these instance's because the impact to my head, split or terminally damaged the helmet. I would not be writing this if not for the helmet. Good equipment changes all the rules. Tell dad in law not to "Hit the silk" with no chute
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Old 06-12-2006, 02:59 PM   #42
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Re: Roethlisberger injured in motorcycle accident

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2481004

ESPN: It's not the law in Pennsylvania to wear a helmet. Why don't you wear a helmet?
Roethlisberger: Because you don't have to. It's not the law. If it was the law, I'd definitely have one on every time I rode. But it's the law and I know I don't have to and your just more free when you're out there with no helmet on.

That about sums it up right there. Common sense takes a back seat to the wind blowing in your face and "it's not the law" Granted, he wasn't popping wheelies or doing doughnuts in an empty parking lot a la KW II but still the very least you can do is just put the helmet on. So even if the accident isn't his fault, at least he's taking measures to be as safe as possible
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Old 06-12-2006, 03:08 PM   #43
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Re: Roethlisberger injured in motorcycle accident

Among the injuries being reported broken jaw, gashes to forehead, lacerations to the back of the head, and an injury (not serious) to the knee. Probably about a 7 week recovery period
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Old 06-12-2006, 03:12 PM   #44
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that puts him back in time for the preseason
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Old 06-12-2006, 03:18 PM   #45
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I don't get the idea because he is a football player he should wait to ride a MC after his carrer is over. Waht about every person who rides a bike and the people that depend on them co workers, children, wife etc..We all must make the decisions or what risk we will take regardless of our job. I loved riding dirt bike for years but I drew the line when it comes to riding on the road. My problem with street riding is that another person can take you out and with dirt bike riding 99.99% of the time its the riders fault. Ben should be smart enough to know better than riding without a helmet its just one important step to help protect yourself if you choose to ride. A good friend of mine work in the emergency room doing major surgery and he says that bikers keep in and business.
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