Apr 17, 2012 12:38 AM by Jim Hummel

Motorcyclist Recalls Crash That Nearly Killed Him; Urges Drivers To Share The Road

Nearly two weeks after a crash that nearly killed him, a Lafayette motorcyclist is hoping his story will serve as a reminder for drivers to share the road.

Chris Olsted suffered two fractured legs, including a compound fracture in the April 6th crash with an SUV on West Congress Street. The driver of the SUV was ticketed for failure to yield.

"My helmet saved my life," said Olsted.

An avid motorcyclist, Olsted believes his crash could have been prevented and is part of a bigger issue: distracted driving.

"People getting wrapped up in their little world and not caring about who is out there," he said. "Bikers might have a reputation for being tougher, but we're more vulnerable than anyone else out there."

Olsted's story is timely. With summer right around the corner, Corporal Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police Department says drivers can expect to see more motorcycles on the road. "We tell both motorcyclists and drivers they need to drive defensively to avoid being put in situations where they need to take evasive action," said Mouton.

Olsted is being treated in a New Orleans hospital, and doctors tell him they will be able to save both of his legs. Once he recovers he does plan to get back on a motorcycle.



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