So I had my first motorcycle accident two days ago. I was travelling home with some friends (housemate pillion with her partner) and we came to some heavy traffic and I ended up a few cars behind. I moved into the right lane as it was moving a bit quicker. A little bit down the road I suddenly got notice that the car in front of me was stopping very suddenly. I went to brake and heard a tyre chirp and next thing I saw was the road coming up very quickly at the wrong angle and my mirror and other bits shooting down the road. After freeing my leg from under the bike I saw about 6 cars stopped (both behind and in front) and a bunch of people running to help. They took me off the road and someone moved my bike. The very friendly couple who were behind me sat me down, and offered to get me water from the petrol station we were out the front of. I took up the offer and sat down to compose myself. I noticed my knee and left hip were a bit sore. Within a minute one of those emergency response ambulances (ute with a canopy) came flying down the road, lights on and he got out and checked me over. A few layers of skin off my knee where the Kevlar jeans wore through and a graze on my side where the jacket rode up. He asked if I wanted to go to hospital, I said no as I wasn't too bad. The friendly couple offered to drive me home and also organised with the petrol station to store my damaged bike out the back. Then a full size ambulance turned up, followed by a tow truck and a highway patrol car. The cop was very good about it, asked what happened, made sure I was ok and that I didn't hit anything else. Satisfied with my replies he went on his way. The driver who had stopped in front was also very friendly and asked if she could do anything. Turned out another car in front of her had braked very suddenly and set off the chain of events. The friendly couple then drove me home which I endlessly thanked them for. They were genuinely concerned for me and offered no end of favours to help me out. I will have to send them something to thank them. So my knee is pretty sore and I can't move my leg too much yet. My hip is sore and I found out yesterday my kneck and shoulder are sore as well. My right thumb also can't move a lot. The bike didn't look too bad, broken clutch lever, bent gear selector, numberplate and rear blinker bent. Someone said they saw green coolant on the road but I didn't see that myself. Going to pick up the bike tomorrow and have a better look. So I learned a couple of things: leave a bigger gap as much as possible, keep looking ahead and don't ride when tired. I think I must have panicked and grabbed the brake a bit hard, causing it to lock up and down I went. I've only been riding since August last year. Now I'm just recovering hoping I'll be ready for a ride across Vietnam in 11 days time!