Surviving A Head-On Collision With A Truck

He is extremely lucky to be alive after colliding head-on with a truck. His helmet Go-Pro camera captured his terrifying crash. The video shows Jesse Lopez enjoying his ride near Glendora on April 1st. His adventure comes to a quick end when he collides with an oncoming truck on a blind curve in the road. He says doesn’t remember much of the accident, but judging from the video, he says he panicked when he saw the truck and applied his motorcycle’s front brakes, which caused him to lose control. Lopez survived, suffering a broken femur, tibia, fibula, ulna and humerus at the elbow.

11 Responses to “Surviving A Head-On Collision With A Truck”

  1. 1 Kirk Perry Jun 26th, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Cool save…. after crossing the middle of the road and heading directly for a big rig in his lane. Glendora has no real claim to fearlessness though, because Dago County has the S6 and Palomar mountain’s “east grade” where there are memorial per mile than anything Glendora can produce. And none of those people who are represented by the memorials lived, so there. Our north county roads kill more people, so you lose.

  2. 2 Joe Lomanaco Jun 26th, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Looking right where you don’t want to go, into the truck ouch! Been on this road many times, I’ve seen this happen with bicycles, motorcycles, and skate boards up there. This is a public road not a racetrack, ride within your limits.

  3. 3 mr dick Jun 26th, 2015 at 12:27 pm


  4. 4 nicker Jun 26th, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Watched it several times using the mouse to “stop-action” just prior to the event.

    Looks a lot like a typical steering error.
    Didn’t see any counter steering going on.
    Just some handle bar wiggling.
    More like attempting to turn/steer the bars to the right, which caused the bike to point left, directly at the truck.

    Appeared to be plenty of time to avoid any impact, given the proper handle bar input.

    Just my take.

  5. 5 Traxx Jun 26th, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Push right, go right. This is just stupid. He could have easily swerved right. He simply panicked.

  6. 6 Troy Harrison Jun 27th, 2015 at 11:09 am

    He didn’t even have to swerve. If he’d just stayed in his own lane he’d have been able to wave at the driver on the way by. The truck was where he was supposed to be.

  7. 7 Highrider Jun 27th, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Raise his insurance not ours, Back off on the throttle maybe???

  8. 8 Axel Jun 27th, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Yeah, no reason for it at all. Why was he surprised that there was another vehicle on the road, blind corner or not? I don’t know why an inexperienced rider would ride so far beyond his competence level.

  9. 9 1550tc Jun 28th, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Target fixation is an attentional phenomenon observed in humans in which an individual becomes so focused on an observed object that their awareness of hazards or obstacles diminishes. The phenomenon is most commonly associated with scenarios in which the observer is in control of a high-speed vehicle or other mode of transportation. In such cases, the observer may fixate so intently on the target that they will not take necessary action to avoid it, thus colliding with it.

  10. 10 so you know Jun 28th, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Well what do you know, we now have Video proof Two Joints aka TT has been on a motorcycle.

  11. 11 nicker Jun 29th, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    “…the observer may fixate so intently on the target that they will not take necessary action …”

    If the rider was “fixated” the bars would have remained frozen in place… as in “no action taken.”

    But look at the handle bar input that was going on just before impact.
    The more the rider “diddled” the bars, the further left the bike pointed.

    Watch it again, this happened in increments.
    Each time he tried to steer the bike to the Right, the more it pointed to the Left.

    Bottom line, this person simply didn’t know how to control (Ride) a motorcycle.
    (like 85% of the people out there)
    Like most the rider was able to “drive” a motorcycle OK, as long as nothing sudden happened.

    People who Eat, Sleep, Breath, Live & Love motorcycling don’t need to be told to learn what they need to know…. they make it their business to find out.

    Like it or not, that’s Reality in a nutshell

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