Music is a way for us to express our feelings and emotions. Many people consider music to escape from the pain of life. Some believe there is a song for just about any situation in their lives.
For Tiktok user Luqman Sha who crashed into an illegally parked lorry after his vision was impaired by the afternoon sun, this Miley Cyrus song truly hit very close to home.
“I came in like a wrecking ball
Yeah, I just closed my eyes and swung
Left me crouching in a blaze and fall.”
Jokes aside…thankfully, Luqman only sustained some bruises, broken teeth, and a broken finger. He is recovering from his injuries.
Luqman, a delivery food rider, uploaded a video of his accident to his account on Jan 17.
The Sequence of Events
- Luqman was riding on the right lane of Marina Coastal Drive when his vision was impaired by the direct sunlight.
- He kept a safe distance behind a van and used his hand to shield his eyes from the sun.
- The van suddenly switched change lanes, and Luqman did not have time to figure out why.
- He crashed into the back of an illegally parked lorry and was thrown off his motorcycle onto the road.
- As he tried to regain his bearings, his head was hit by a passing taxi.
In his video, Luqman questioned the presence of the three illegally parked lorries on the right lane of the road. He thanked passers-by who helped him after he became unconscious.
His video also included a short public service announcement to road users – recite prayers while on the road and pay close attention to other road users.
Food Delivery – Gig of Choice?
Food delivery is hard work without prospects or benefits. There are many downsides, such as braving the elements and uncertain work conditions, which often compromise personal safety.
Still, for some, this becomes a gig of choice for the long haul for various reasons. In fact, with the onset of COVID-19, the industry offers a temporary lifeline to those people who suddenly find themselves unemployed.
When these delivery riders get into a road accident and sustain injuries just like Luqman, their work is often disrupted. They would have to go without income during the recovery period.
This is where association like the National Delivery Champions Association (NDCA) comes in.
The NDCA, a part of NTUC’s Freelancers and Self-Employed Unit (UFSE), provides essential support in work issues and prospects for this group of workers. Under the NDCA, members will also enjoy benefits such as cash support like the NTUC Care Fund for income loss, training assistance and insurance coverage against death and total and permanent disability.
Editing is my work.