A Sight All Too Common For Us.

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/05/Acc_KMB-thumb.jpg This car was involved in an accident with a motorbike which was coming from the wrong side, from the opposite direction on a one way road. The motorbike sustained very little damage but the fender of the car was squashed like a tuna can. Luckily no one got injured.

I was driving home, when I noticed this incident at mochi mour, Gulshan-e-Iqbal. The two men involved in the accident were arguing surrounded by at least 30 people, they were completely blocking a turning, several motorcyclist had parked their motorbikes in the middle of the road to inquire what was going on.

Our city witnesses hundreds of such accidents every day. Here The biker was trying to save a few minutes but ended up wasting a whole hour (or so) still he was lucky because he could have ended up dead. The car driver on the other hand ignored the biker heading towards him, where was he looking and what was he thinking, that Only God knows.

Such small accidents which have become a routine for our city can easily be avoided if only we learn to anticipate and keep our eyes and minds on the road.

29 Comments so far

  1. wrathchild (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 3:23 pm

    Damn … How did anybody not get hurt!

  2. faylasuf (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 3:52 pm

    i hate the zigzagin all-rules-bypassin-motorcycle wallahs!
    they drive as if comin straight from the lucky irani circus and if sum thing goes wrong then only thing that u listen is

    tch tch becharay motor cycle walay ko aik car nay takkar maar dee :X

  3. BitterTruth (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

    The end result in such cases as in every other case in pakistan is might is right. If the car driver is powerful enough he will get the compensation, otherwise go home and curse again to unjust system and forget and then again support and vote those who are responsible for it. No hope for improvement!

  4. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 5:18 pm

    This is quite true.

    In all cases might is right., and again it is a global phenomena, the difference is of circumstances,

    I remember one dialogue of an indian movie of Amitabh Bachan Agnipeth – about how might is rigth, i have to run the movie to exactly phrase the words here, to which – The then writer composer Qateel Shefai said in newspapers that these are my lines stolen by the script writer of the movie.

    :) exact location of dialogue is when he visits the police officer house warning him of his death orders by the other gangester and the little boy opens the door.

  5. Lies (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 5:21 pm

    @Bittertruth: Thats bullshit. I have been involved TWICE in the same accident, at the turning on Sh.e.Faisal (Rumi Masjid, the one thats blocked off now) with a motorcyclist. Both times, I had the green and was going quite slow.

    The people on the street side ALWAYS with the motorcycle wala, who acts shaken and hurt (more than they are). They say things like “bhai choor dey/gareeb admi hai/do teen ‘dant’ pare hain siraf, etc.” Before you know if a crowd gathers.

    My advise is to resolve this asap. And don’t leave the SOB’s, not only for your self, but as a lesson to them too. Who knows, next time they pull a stunt like this, they might not get away with a broken rib or a few scratches only.

  6. BoZz (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

    This is NOT a global phenomena as pointed out by the above gentleman, that is unless you own a very small globe.

    Might is right is only exercised in law less under developed (more like third world) countries where societies fail to conform.

  7. Sajid (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 7:24 pm

    Our motor bike wallahs are getting notorious in thier practices. Just see them waiting for the signal to go green. They have already crossed half of the road and blocking opposite traffic even when its red…its a culture growing fast you know, lack of patience

    I mean if its a jam, no problem as footpath is there, even they can take their bike on top of a pedestrian bridge if required, after all its a bike with a machine.

  8. Anon (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

    More than anything it pisses me off to see people make a jam’ghata around the accident. It shows how farigh the awam is, and bored too I am sure looking for excitment and drama.

  9. Xono (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 9:20 pm

    avoided if only we learn to anticipate and keep our eyes and minds on the road

    Would you please Add ‘abide by the traffic laws’ to the list.

  10. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 9:21 pm

    @Jamal, Bozz has well pointed out that its not a global phenomena.
    Since law is not implemented thats why ppl dont care to break them.
    If ppl would start getting tickets on breaking the law such as crossing signals on red, speeding the vehicle by crossing the limits. etc etc.

    In most of the cases there is no such insurance company involved who can take care of the accident to find out who is responsible. There is no such thing like point system on the license so thats why nobody cares.
    Imran khan is right in saying that “Mujhe koi samajh hi nahi aati hai … koi system hi nahi hai hamaray yahan :).”

  11. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 9:28 pm

    This should be the subject of Sid’s chapter 3.

    (dunno if it’d do much good though).

  12. Pkhan (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 9:39 pm

    “Imran Khan Says Koi law nahi hae’ Tell him to take a hike?All the law of land are there but people like IMRAN khan and you and I do not follow them. Who GIVE Bribe? They ASk or we OFFER them just for our convienience.FIRST WE NEED TO BECOME SAHEE INSAAN THEN TALK OF LAW, SAME GOES FOR IMRAN KHAN.

  13. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 10:33 pm

    @PKhan sahab, First of all you misunderstood, Imran says “Koi system nahi hai”, he didnt say “Koi law nahi hai”. What he meant was law is there but its not been implemented.

    The other thing is I dont want to go into the debate of whose fault is it on this bribe things so again I would phrase Imran saying that “hamara system hi kharab hai”.

  14. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 11:36 pm


    LAW is useless and fiction, UNLESS Otherwise it is implemented and excercised. be it 3rd world or developed world.

    Loss Angeeeeleeeees riots,

    Chaos, loot and plunder July 1999 in Upper Manhattan New York during power break down for 6 hours

    That all happened in the presence of LAW but in Absence of its right force.

    might took the right, and got its way.

    I stand by “Might is right is a Global Phenomena”

  15. NEX (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 11:41 pm

    I agree with Khitorpit…laws are there but not implemented….and it’s Govt job to enforce it. People can not fix everything….specially dum fucks are PKHAN.

  16. NEX (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 11:42 pm

    I agree with Khitorpit…laws are there but not implemented….and it’s Govt job to enforce it. People can not fix everything….specially dum fucks are PKHAN.

  17. pkhan (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 11:44 pm

    Hamara System Kharab Nahee hae People are Kharaab,Awaam Kharaab hae jisnae Laws ko Chalnae nahee diya.Lets Awaam are Govt Official and general public also who do not respect the law.Imran Khan forgot about his days in cricket when he use to act like a RUDE DICTATOR?

  18. Saba (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 12:13 am

    damn these people really need to learn how to drive

  19. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 12:54 am

    driving license issuing Authority is corrupt.. in the rest of the world they fail even expert drivers if they commit small mistake and here you just buy car/motorcycle and you’re on the road… recent liquidity and bank leasing loads of cars also has intensified this issue

  20. pkhan (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 1:48 am

    @ Nex :
    Do you have a name? Or You are NEXUS OF EVIL? Matric Fail Jahil Does not know how to disagree?Get a NAME.

  21. zeeshan syed (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 8:06 am

    GAWWDD, I HAAATTEEE miserable bikers!

  22. nosheen from islamabad (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

    hi all. well its just not the bikers ,in islamabad i have witnessed people with Corolla.the deadly zig zagging they do on islamabad high way .if u want to save ur self from that one has to be constantly have a watch on side mirrors not for side or cars at back ,but for zooming Corrolla that could be coming from God Knows which row which side.i dont know why but i have noticed that mainly people holding Corollas feel shame if they are having one and not bullying others or ,zig zagging resulting into many fatal accidents.

  23. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 4:04 pm


    U are cryin for corolla(s), ??? Bikers are the worst, Around us, in PK

  24. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 6:20 pm

    umm, if i may.

    Since all the personal fianance/leasing schemes, how many % has the uptake of motor vehicles gone?

    Ppl who were driving motor-cycles are now driving cars.

    Like in punjab “Khotiyan to gadiyan teh aa gai ne”.

    As a nation we are not educated. (in driving laws here). Even if ppl know that something is wrong, it seems to hurt their ego’s not to practice it.

    Eg: Wearing hemlets, Letting people pass, Avoiding the horn, not going 60 in a 15 zone. etc etc.

    Apna bachao khud karana parta hai sab ko.

  25. Hasan Atizaz (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 12:27 am

    dang!! in other words suzuki sucks …

  26. Hasan Atizaz (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 12:27 am

    dang!! in other words suzuki sucks …

  27. Hasan Atizaz (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 12:28 am

    dang!! in other words suzuki sucks …

  28. M.Saad Ibrahim Lakhany (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 9:27 am

    Suzuki SuckS!!! and i think alto is the most unsafe you can surely see that in the picture the whole side of the car has ruptured just because of bike and alto does not have any grip on the road

  29. Khaaksaar (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 10:51 am

    According to newspapers most people on foot are injured and killed by moterbike riders who hit and run. Zigzagging and breaking Law seems to be a must for mobikeriders, breaking rules like, more then two rideing on one mobike, carrying little kids, women, on one mobike to the tune of 5 on one mobike. They are the most who bribe the traffic cops. And most dacoits are moterbike riders, who snatch cellphones, money, ect, day and night.

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