Gerard Butler, star of the environmental disaster film, Geostorm, was involved in a crash on his motorcycle. According to Butler, he was riding his motorcycle when he was cut off by driver making an illegal u-turn. He told ET that he, “smacked the car, went flying through the air and did a somersault and landed and it hurt a bit.” Butler was lucky to come away with 5 fractures in his right foot and torn meniscus. At least, Butler was able to leave the accident with a new outlook on life. He explained to ET that the collision, “made me really appreciate how precious life is because I could have landed any number of ways that would have taken me out.” Butler was not embellishing how serious his injuries could have been.

Motorcycle Safety Is Serious Business

Motorcycles offer riders significantly less protection than other motor vehicles. As such, riders should always ride defensively and always wear proper safety gear. In Butler’s position, it may have been impossible to react fast enough to avoid going over the hood of the colliding vehicle. Wearing a helmet and other protective articles may have saved Butler’s life. In Southern California, warm weather may make riding with full protective gear less comfortable at times, but the greater risk of catastrophic injury is never worth it.