If you ever find yourself needing to talk someone out of purchasing a motorcycle, we suggest turning their eyes toward the interminable mire that is YouTube. For every clip of an amazing stunt or beautiful ride through the country, there's 15 videos of motorcycle riders on the raw end of a collision with another vehicle.

Take the brief video after the jump for example. A group of riders are rolling through the relatively empty streets of St. Louis, and while one of the guys engages in a quick wheelie, the group doesn't seem to be maintaining outrageous speed through the city center.

That's when an inattentive driver in a Ford Ranger casually rolls right through a red light and straight into our camera man. The collision sends bike and rider spilling through the intersection. Fortunately, no one seems permanently injured in the dust up.

The clip is an excellent reminder of just how invisible bikes can be, especially when other drivers aren't paying attention. Would the Ranger have rolled the stop light if it were a full-size sedan driving down the street? It's hard telling, but the video makes a solid case for wearing brighter leathers. Hit the jump to check it out for yourself. Just be wary of the substantial cursing that comes post crash.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a clear case of an invisible RED LIGHT, not the rider.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yea, that light was CLEARLY a steady green. The driver of the truck just ran it.
        Gaurav Arora
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well said, Merlot ... totally agree with you ... think what you are saying before you blog anything, Mr Autoblog ...
      • 3 Years Ago
      "When I looked up the first time I had a green light....I didn't have time to stop" What the hell were you looking up from you idiot?!??!! Why don't you try WATCHING THE ROAD in the first place next time. Hope you learn your lesson being able to sleep at night knowing you haven't killed anyone yet. Could have easily been a very different story.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Indeed - the light was clearly green at 0:21, THIRTEEN SECONDS before the collision. Easy, easy case against that asshat.
      Mark Fergel
      • 3 Years Ago
      What really bothers me is that the guy admits to running a red light and then at the end comments about how it had just turned red for him. No, it had clearly been green for a length of time and the fact that even after the first bike drove by and he didn't adjust his speed at all it's obvious that he wasn't looking in even the least bit. Having it captured on video is a huge win for the biker. Take his butt to court. I'm not one for suing but as a rider myself I'm tired of drivers not paying attention.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mark Fergel
        "...but as a rider myself I'm tired of drivers not paying attention." Big +1. I'm also a rider, and never realized just how inattentive people are while driving until I started riding on the street. Needless to say, my increased attention and awareness as a rider has also made me a much better driver.
      • 3 Years Ago
      My favorite part: Rider: "You ran a red light." Driver: "Yeah, I know."
      • 3 Years Ago
      And that is why you wear your gear ALL THE TIME boys and girls.
      • 3 Years Ago
      With a driver like that, anything short of a semi could be invisible.
      • 3 Years Ago
      At 19 seconds (viewed at full screen) the light is clearly green and at 33ish seconds the crash happens. This moron had a red light for 14 seconds. This herp derp is a lair.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm amazed the guys didn't curse at the driver and managed to stay relatively cool.
      • 3 Years Ago
      He wasn't invisible, he ran a red light!
        Jarrod Barger
        • 3 Years Ago
        Actually, the video showed the motorcycle clearly had the right of way
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Would the Ranger have rolled the stop light if it were a full-size sedan driving down the street?" Considering the amount of wrecks that happen between cars when some idiot runs a red light, yeah, I think it's safe to say he would have still run the red light. It's stupid to think otherwise. This had nothing to do with the guy riding a bike.
      • 3 Years Ago
      More like the case of the blind pickup driver
      • 3 Years Ago
      Never help a rider remove his helmet in a case like that. That should be done at the hospital. Not knowing what his C spine might look like, you can be risking paralysis.
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