This morning, 5:30. If anyone knows the rider please let me know. I turned onto Blackburn road just after another bike went past; it's weird because I've never seen bikes at that time on that stretch of road. Rode beside him for a bit and then got in front to move to the right-hand lane so I could turn onto the freeway. Looked in my mirrors and saw that his headlights were off (late 90's ninja, lights should always be on). Pointed to his headlights and as he rode past he yelled that he knew and that they had just gone. Looked down, looked back up and his bike was laying in the middle of Blackburn road, car had pulled out of a side street and he'd gone into the side of it. Didn't believe what I was seeing. Rode up, put the hazard lights on and stopped the bike in the middle lane, got off and told the car behind me to stop. The guy who had pulled out was on the phone to the ambulance, the rider was still lying on the road on his side. Checked that he was breathing and conscious, a truck driver stopped and helped me get his bike onto the footpath, and a couple of other trucks blocked the road so we could get one lane clear and get traffic moving again. Waited with him, kept talking to him and the car driver while we waited for the ambulance. The guy was in shock, said that initially he felt bubbles in his throat but they'd stopped now. I think he must have punctured a lung, as far as I can tell his chest took most of the impact. He didn't move the whole time. It took 5 minutes for an ambulance and police to arrive and shortly afterwards a MICA unit turned up as well. I gave a brief statement to the police, my details to the car driver/police and the rider was bundled up into an ambulance. Got back on the bike once the police said they didn't need me anymore and went to work. The car driver was very shaken; has called me today looking for reassurance it wasn't his fault. And it wasn’t really. The bike didn't have headlights but was ridden anyway, plus he’d recently split with his missus and was probably had other things on his mind. Nobody deserves to have an accident, especially one that involves hitting a car at roughly 80ks, but it might have been avoided. 5:30 in the morning a guy pulls out of a residential street, probably still a bit sleepy and would have done a quick check of the road, but with no lights to indicate anything was coming he wouldn’t have seen the bike. The point of the post is this. Bikes are bloody dangerous at the best of times, and when you don’t maintain them you multiply the risk massively. I’ve seen a few posts by younger guys who can’t really afford to keep their bikes maintained and it worries me, something like this drives home the point. It's been on my mind all day, it'll be on the car drivers and riders minds for a lot longer. And it needn't have happened.