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post #1 of 18 Old 08-19-2015, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hit from behind, it couldn't happen to me.

After many (many) safe years of accident free riding my number finally came up. Last week I was riding home down a country lane about 9:30 at night. I stopped at a stop sign and waited for a car to pass by so I could pull out and wham; next thing I knew I was laying under a dead Wee. I never saw or heard the approaching car. My nice Wee strom, with flashing LED brake lights, me with a bright yellow helmet and reflective yellow jacket, and she "thought" I had pulled out. She was looking at the passing car and decided to pull forward, thinking I had gone ahead. I was furious, how stupid and inattentive can you get. I was told "don't get mad". So what am I supposed to "get". The outcome was that I was OK, just a bruised knee where the frame hit me. My crash guards saved the bike, no damage from the fall. The fender was hit and the tire actually absorbed the total impact. No damage. I've ridden over 100 miles and its fine. The unfortunate thing is that I no longer feel safe, even with all my gear and the precautions I take. I consider this a cheap lesson. While there wasn't much I could have done to prevent this one, it tells me that there is always a chance for improvement.
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Stupid cow deserves a push off a cliff. Certainly shouldn't be driving.
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post #3 of 18 Old 08-19-2015, 07:22 PM
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Glad you are okay!

Good that you are still riding.. perhaps with more riding you will get your confidence back again.

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This can help preventing from cars pulling out in front of you (SMIDSY)
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Keep riding.....your experience is one I worry about so in traffic I stay glued to the rear view mirror even when braking heavily....I know I can stop because I leave enough space but the bozo behind me.......

Glad all okay.....thinks I should get the frame guards......


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People make mistakes, forgive and forget.

My theory is that now that you've been rear ended you're are statistically less likely to have it happen again.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Cor 13:13
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The more I hear about occurrences like this the more it supports my theory that there are legions of incompetent and inattentive motorists that make "safe riding" less in the hands of skilled defensive motorcyclists and more of a "roll of the dice", pertaining to who happens to be driving behind you at any given time. In my opinion, tailgating should be ticketed more severely than speeding.

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post #8 of 18 Old 08-21-2015, 01:44 AM
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Cool luck? or skill?

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The more I hear about occurrences like this the more it supports my theory that there are legions of incompetent and inattentive motorists that make "safe riding" less in the hands of skilled defensive motorcyclists and more of a "roll of the dice", pertaining to who happens to be driving behind you at any given time.
I cannot argue that such a view is false, but I see it as overly fatalistic. There will be unforseen instances of reckless or oblivious driving which make luck a factor in a rider's continuing bodily integrity and survival. But the extent to which instances of bad driving are unforseen is very much in the rider's sphere of control. I consider it a personal error of mine when some driver does something which requires me to make an unplanned evasion maneuver. The standard I try hard to maintain is that I have a plan for every vehicle which is or soon will be in a position to hurt me. Nearly always, when I have to evade, I am simply executing a plan already formed for the contingency that actually develops. In dense urban traffic, it is a mental challenge, but I figure it's the best use of the lump of neurons consuming a quarter of my energy.

Yes, luck can be a factor, but only to the extent one has failed to anticipate the unfortunate actions of others or poor road conditions. We should never settle for luck playing a big part in our own safety. As has often been said, they (meaning some drivers or riders) are out to get us, but their success is still largely in our hands.

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In my opinion, tailgating should be ticketed more severely than speeding.
Maybe so. But in the meantime, I will rely on myself rather than any uncertain deterrence. I may fail, but it will not be due to any complacent fatalism.
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many of us have faced motorists who lack some basic mental workings and have the scars to show for it.

glad this was a slow speed incident and you survived. I hope law enforcement was involved so the driver pays some price for putting your life at risk.

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People make mistakes, forgive and forget.

My theory is that now that you've been rear ended you're are statistically less likely to have it happen again.
No way. Folks in four wheel vehicles feel they can be inattentive while driving because they are protected by the 4000lb of steel around them. If they were on a bicycle or motorcycle they wouldn't be so careless. How many people that ride motorcycles have hit a motorcyclist? I've been hit from behind twice at red lights while on a motorcycle.
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