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post #1 of 26 Old 07-29-2013, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Got hit at 70

Well, my nerves have calmed down enough to post the event. I was on my way home from work this past Thursday, 70-75 mph in the diamond lane (#1) of a 3 lane freeway) when a car swerved from the #3 land into my lane. I caught it out of the corner of my eye just as he got into my lane. I started to move to the left and hit my horn at the same time. He swerved back to the right but not soon enough. I hit his drivers door. It was a glancing blow and the bike went into a wobble. I think I gave it some throttle because it straightened out and I kept it upright. The driver looked like he wasn't going to stop so I got in close behind him and kept the RPMs high so he would know I was there. He eventually pulled off an exit and parked in a gas station. I raged at him for a moment @#$%^^&&** and then asked to see his insurance, reg, etc. He climbed back in his car and bolted. I called 911 and filed a report with CHP. The LEO said more then likely the DA would not prosecute because there was no damage (some scraped paint on my crash bar) and no injuries.
A few days before this, I was riding on dirt for the first time and got into some sand. Everytime I felt the front wheel start to dig in and pull to the side, I gave it some throttle and the bike pushed out of it (except for once and I went down). I think this practice caused me to give some throttle when the bike went into the wobble instead of grabbing some brake. I'm not sure because it's kind of a blur.
The upside to this event is it knocked me down a few pegs. I've only been riding since last fall but have 13,000 miles on the bike. I've gotten pretty cocky about my riding abilities and I'm sure I've stopped driving as defensivley as I should. Now I'm back to using the myriad of defensive practices that I should be using.

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Wow man, glad you're ok! Kudos for being able to keep the bike going after being hit like that. It's interesting how you relate your "sand training" with your reaction during the incident. Maybe I need to practice that too.

Did you get the ******'s license plate number? Did LEO's find him?

I got into a similar experience last year but in my case I did go down at around 45mph when an idiot driver decided to break the laws of physics and tried to occupy the same space I was already occupying. I got back up riding in no time, but really calming my nerves every time I got on the saddle took me a good few months. Yes, now I ride even more defensively than I did before.

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Wow! Glad you didn't go down, and that you & your bike are OK! Thanks for posting: we all get "comfortable" and need reminders. It sounds like you might have been in his blind spot? Just wondering. Very easy to do. How old was the driver? Male/female? Were they driving distracted? Texting? What was their response before they bolted?
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Dont know if he was texting, doubt it as he came from the #3 lane into my #1 land rather rapidly. More then likely he was weaving and bobbing in traffic.

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Whew! Glad you're okay. Even I felt trepidation just reading of what you experienced.

I can't believe that the CHP basically are shrugging it off. Whoa!

Appreciate the post as it's a whack upside the head to remind me to pay attention out there at all times!
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That is a hit and run and is illegal in my state. It's a shame the DA won't prosecute.

I had an issue at a gas station in my cage. Another driver backed into me and then fled. The LEO's tracked him down but could not confirm the paint transfer. I was furious. I'll probably deal with this myself next time. I know, I know let the flaming begin...

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Wait that does not make any sense. Fleeing the seen of an accident and no charges? Did he have insurance? Does he have a valid DL?

I would be asking a lot of questions.

Are you sure you have no injuries? It is entirely possible tomorrow you wake up with a pain you did not realize being amped up. A

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Seems kinda silly that there are always plenty of cops to sit in speed traps and rake in the money from harassing safe riders and drivers but not enough to at least take a report on actual crimes. Gee, I wonder why that could be?

Granted, the odds of catching the guy are incredibly low. Perhaps a full CSI-style investigation isn't needed, but you'd think they could at least create a record so when they encounter this doof the next time, they'll have a little more to go on. (Did you get a plate number at least?)

Or maybe the CHP is just being brutally honest and saving everyone time and paperwork.


Glad you're OK! Not many of us have bounced off cars with so little damage.

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filed a report with CHP. The LEO said more then likely the DA would not prosecute
Agree. There has to be enough evidence to convict, and without a witness or photos, there isn't enough. This is one reason to mount a GoPro or other camera on the bike. And, following might have been not smart if that fool was armed:
CAL. PEN. CODE 197 : California Code - Section 197
Homicide is also justifiable when committed by any person in any of the following cases:

1.When resisting any attempt to murder any person, or to commit a felony, or to do some great bodily injury upon any person; or,

2.When committed in defense of habitation, property, or person, against one who manifestly intends or endeavors, by violence or surprise, to commit a felony, or against one who manifestly intends and endeavors, in a violent, riotous or tumultuous manner, to enter the habitation of another for the purpose of offering violence to any person therein; or,

3.When committed in the lawful defense of such person, or of a wife or husband, parent, child, master, mistress, or servant of such person, when there is reasonable ground to apprehend a design to commit a felony or to do some great bodily injury, and imminent danger of such design being accomplished; but such person, or the person in whose behalf the defense was made, if he was the assailant or engaged in mutual combat, must really and in good faith have endeavored to decline any further struggle before the homicide was committed;

...and it's your word against his word, except you're shot to death.

Anyway, yes, we all need to scan 360 and look for every opportunity for someone to do something stupid that can hurt us.

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