Right-light cameras are in place to catch those trying to speed through intersections at the last minute, but one such camera in Clearwater, Florida, recently recorded a shocking accident that taught a motorcyclist a valuable lesson.
“I learned if it is a yellow light, don’t go through it,” Michael Smith told WTSP-TV.
Smith, who wasn’t wearing a helmet or other protective gear at the time, was going straight through an intersection when a car, which had been waiting to turn left, took its chance. The two collided, sending Smith flying from his bike and into a couple cartwheels over another car in the air.
The video shows Smith skidding to a stop, but he pops up and walks off the street, not seriously injured.
Watch the footage:
WTSP reported that Smith was stunned when he saw it himself.
“Wow, that’s crazy, I straight up walked away. Wait, go back!” Smith said viewing the video, according to the news station.
Watch Smith’s reaction as he watched the footage of the accident:
“I was literally upside down thinking, ‘I can land on my head or my feet,’” Smith said. “I didn’t have a helmet on, as you can see.”
According to WTSP, the driver of the car received a citation for an improper left turn. Smith too was ticketed for not having a Florida motorcycle license.
Though Smith’s totaled motorcycle might be reason enough for him to switch to a car, he told the news station he was all ready to get a new bike, but he’d try to avoid the intersection where the accident occurred.