Highway Vid Catches “Death Wobble” That Flings Rider Across Highway
A video has gone viral on social media showing a motorcyclist encountering a “death wobble” on his bike while driving on a I-80E in Sacramento, California.
“We paced him for 5-10 miles after watching him ‘almost’ loose (sic) control (about 5 or 6 times),” Erica Bylett, the person who filmed the encounter, wrote on Facebook.
As the bike continues to wobble, the motorcyclist doesn’t stop or pull over — he just keeps on riding.
Eventually, the shaking gets so severe that his bike tips over and the man falls off.
The video shows him sliding along a fairly long stretch of highway until eventually his bike comes to a stop. The people in the car filming the entire incident pulled over to help him.
“We pulled over immediately…..called 911, and help the man (and his bike) off to the side of the road as quickly as possible. He did walk over to the right shoulder by himself,” Bylett wrote.
“His face was really mashed up (his nose looked broken) and arms covered in blood. Crazy road rash!!! I still wonder how he’s doing,” she wrote.
Given the length of time that the biker slide across the pavement, it’s shocking his injuries weren’t worse. Considering the speed he was going when he crashed, this biker is lucky to be alive.
In the video there are sirens in the background, but Bylett explained that those were from a movie that was playing in the car — not from anything happening involving the motorcyclist.
You can watch the video here. (Warning: Some may find this footage disturbing. Also includes strong language.)
Bylett posted the video on her Facebook page, where many people commented that the motorcyclist should have pulled over the moment his bike started shaking as that is a clear sign that something was wrong.
This should serve as a warning to everyone out there to always err on the side of caution when it comes to motorcycles, cars or anything else you are driving/riding. If something isn’t acting normally when you’re using it, it’s always best to pull over and check it out.
Cars and motorcycles can be replaced — your limbs — or your life can’t.