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post #1 of 23 Old 06-09-2015, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Keep your wits about you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgcWcamsT9o

Fifteen year old driver with learner's permit stops in an intersection and backs up into and onto a motorcycle.

The rider did have room to escape to beside the driver, they were in first gear but it looks like by the time they recovered their wits from going WTF they panicked, dumped the clutch and stalled leaving the rider with the option of getting out of the way on 2 feet.

Yes the driver is entirely at fault how ever as an armchair quarterback I can state that the rider had a chance to escape but was shocked by the drivers action that they lost that opportunity.

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Yes the driver is entirely at fault how ever as an armchair quarterback I can state that the rider had a chance to escape but was shocked by the drivers action that they lost that opportunity.
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I agree with you!

I am sure many will post that the ride should-have could -have etc, but I suspect many of us woudl have done the same thing the rider did.

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I agree with you!

I am sure many will post that the ride should-have could -have etc, but I suspect many of us woudl have done the same thing the rider did.

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Yep, I agree. who among us would expect a car in front backing up and be prepared for evasive action? Not me. I usually keep more an eye on the rear view mirror.
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Almost looks intentional. Hits the dude's bike and gives it more gas
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inexperienced 15 year old panicking.

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It looks like it was staged.....IMO

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Ok boys and gals. I am the actual rider in the video and will once and for all dissolve all speculations and such that to my amazement have come up so far.
We both started slowing down when the light turned orange. The red SUV ended up in the middle of the intersection. Cars seen on the right started turning left, one car actually made it in front of the stalled/frozen driver. The car then proceeded to back up - IN THE LEFT LANE - i was aware about its presence all the time. And yes I was in the 1st with the clutch in as can be seen on video (anyone see the Neutral light?). As some have pointed out, only have I noticed it changing directions a couple of seconds before impact. Yes, a rider with tens of years of experience MAY HAVE been able to sprint to the right (risking clipping the car and being at fault for running a red light into potentially left turning traffic, as the light for the oncoming lane was changing to a left turn go), but given the circumstances... the horn wouldn't have done squat. Again, we're talking seconds. Disbelief that the car was going to back into me was up there. I was in the dominant position for my lane (left half of the lane, where cars in the left lane have the best chance of seeing you in their mirror), watching the driver... but again... how often do you guys assume that a car will decide to reverse into your lane from a different one and floor it?
The video ends where it does because there is absolutely nothing exciting happening afterwards. The two occupants get out, we exchange remarks, and then i take the helmet off and turn off the camera. No swearing or yelling. The adrenaline pumping through my system was so high, I was kinda happy to not be under the car. The car was resting on the bike, they had to lift it to get the bike from underneath.
Yes please, all those that could've avoided this - I salute you and your superhuman reactions. I'm just human and did the best I could when I realized what was going to happen to get my sorry ass out of the way.
The aftermath... if I can figure out how to post pictures here I will. The driver got a ticket as it is illegal to back out of an intersection (or something thereof) and yes, because they are on a learner's permit (can only drive supervised), they may have very high insurance premiums. And as far as the bike - it will be looked at by an insurance adjuster on Monday where I will find out what happens next.
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Given the possible outcomes from the encounter, I think the rider did well to avoid getting squashed, regardless of how 'super-riders' think. He's alive and unhurt, as is the driver of the car, and to me that's a win/win. Insurance takes care of the rest.

No reason not to dump the bike if you're frozen and in a terrible situation like that rather than remain frozen and end up flattened like Wil E. Coyote.
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I think the rider in this situation did the best he could have. I am not sure he could have moved the bike out of harms way when he realized the car was coming into his lane. In the attempt, he may instead have had his left leg crushed by the bumper of the car or more.

If I am ever in such a situation, I hope I keep my wits enough to jump off of the bike and avoid any bodily harm. Bikes can be replaced.

Now this rider has the opportunity to shop for a new bike. Maybe he will be wise enough to buy a Strom.

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Wow. You just never know what is going on in the minds of the drivers around you! I agree that at an intersection, stopped, I am more focussed on the traffic coming up behind me or checking out cars left and right to see who might be distracted, looking for pedestrians and guerilla bicycle riders (and scooter riders behaving like bicycle riders but at 3x the speed)... I will add "watch out for cars backing up into my lane" to the list...

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