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post #1 of 22 Old 06-20-2011, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Car turns left in front of motorcycle. :(

YouTube - ‪Motorcyclist gets cut off by car‬‏

Car in wrong but I think were the motorcyclist a little proactive, it could have ended differently. Huge truck blocking intersection where car can turn left in front of me...
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I'm used to and prefer the controlled intersections where left turns get advanced light then have to stop not just yield while straight through traffic gets their light. I've noticed for example in the Southern Ontario area many controlled intersections allow left turns when it is deemed safe by the left turner. Scares the crap out of me. This appears to be one of those intersections. Problem is some push it thinking they can make it and others, well they are incapable of judging or seeing or deciding or something. Answer is to control everything through the intersection, left turners get their own light and have to stop not just yield when their advanced green goes away or goes red. Make sense?

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I'm surprised there appeared to be no or very little braking action by the rider. Car was wrong but it sure looks like it could have been avoided by the driver.

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Ridiculous riding. Seriously. The two bikes in front of him had less time to react and they got out of the way. Didn't even sound like he got on the brakes. Also the rider should've recognized the truck waiting to turn left was blocking view of the oncoming left turn lane, so oncoming traffic can not see them coming in that lane. He should have been already slowed down and cautious because of that fact. This dude was day dreaming for sure. I'd like to think the cage was 100% at fault, but I really think the rider could have easily avoided this.

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Is this what "Target Fixation" looks like??
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Just happened too quick.

I watched the video several times and stopped it at the time the car was first in view and then stopped it again at the time of impact...the time in between: 2 seconds. It may have appeared to some that the third rider had time to react but if the time lapse on the video camera is correct (2 seconds), it would be in my opinion the third rider ended up like most of us would have if we were in his boots. Although I did notice the second rider hit the brakes and steered away, the car was still off to his side. The third rider was only 1 second behind the second rider and in that 1 second, the car was dead in front of him....just my 2 cents though.
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Looked to me like he had plenty of time to avoid that accident.

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Is this what "Target Fixation" looks like??
Exactly, sounds like he pulled in the clutch and didn't even let off the throttle.

Of course, if these guys had been riding smart, they would have slowed down when approaching the interestion with that big truck blocking their view. But like many riders, they think "light is green, I can go".

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Hope the rider was okay, scary footage.
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Wow, 8 responses before someone even bothers to express concern for the rider of the accident bike.

I think those of us in North America can take a little lesson from our Aussie friends.

That said, the fact the footage is on youtube indicates the rider of the accident motorcycle survived. If not, the footage would be held by a lawyer to be used in a civil wrongful death suit....
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