Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Langley, BC, Canada
Two things occur to me:
1. The inside lane is always a more risky lane choice (of course, the vehicle in the outside lane was hit too). From the outside lane, however, you have more escape route available.
2. Throttle is useful to move out of a bad situation (but you have to be in the right gear to take advantage and recognize the need to use it and know where to move to.)
Conclusion: Riding habits are a large factor in crash avoidance, but they don't always save your bacon. For sure, though, wrong lane, wrong gear is a bad combination.
That guy was so close to getting past - a matter of a few feet. I'm sure he didn't expect the van to veer so sharply. All he had to do was accelarate hard and move further to the right into the space in front of the car beside him. But that's easy to say from where I'm sitting. I hope he does okay. Everyone else too.
DL1000K6 Two wheels good; four wheels bad.