Bangkok + Motorcycles = Impending Death

One of my colleagues has come to the office today with half of her face purple (literally) and limping because she was in a motorcycle accident on Sunday. It’s not a pretty sight and she must be in pain but it just reminded me of my absolute refusal to catch a motorcycle anywhere in Bangkok. A motorcycle is an accident waiting to happen, especially in Bangkok.

3 Comments so far

  1. him (unregistered) on February 28th, 2005 @ 2:56 pm

    I once saw a car driver open his door on the corner of Sukhumvit and Soi 1 and a motodriver went straight into, flew over it and bounced halfway across Sukhumvit. Lucky for him, it was next to that interesection where police are always stopping traffic and so noone else hit him… reminder enough that getting on those things is more danger than it is worth.

  2. Ben Harris (unregistered) on February 28th, 2005 @ 5:22 pm

    It’s funnny you would mention that, because that’s exactly what happened in this case!

    This time it was the arguing taxi driver and passenger, the latter of whom decided to throw the taxi door open at the most inopportune of times.

  3. chris (unregistered) on March 5th, 2005 @ 11:17 am

    I do ride them everyday between my place and Sukumvit underground station, but not on any main roads.

    I’ve been in that kind of accident once, about 13-14 years ago my brother opened the car’s door and sent a rider high into the air. He could got up on his feet a minute later, but I suspect the next morning is painful.

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