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The film says no fatalities but did say there were serious injuries. I saw that the guy on the bike wasn't even moving after he came to rest against the retaining wall. No motion in the car that was stuck either. Watched it several times. I am still not sure how I would have reacted if I was the guy on the bike.

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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.
 

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While I was out yesterday, I was riding a two lane ascending a rolling hill, car behind me car in the oncoming lane. Maybe 100 feet in front of me a fire truck crests the hill and is attempting to pass the car in the oncoming lane, is halfway in my lane as he crests the hill coming toward me. I have a choice of the 6 inches of pavement I might be able to claim or the ditch.

I went into full stop mode on the 6 inches. Fire truck sees me OR car behind me LOCKS UP the wheels and jerks back into his lane behind the car he is trying to pass. Huge splash of water.

I feel pretty damn lucky today not to be the hood ornament on a fire truck. If there hadn't been a car behind me I wonder if he would have seen me at all.

I appreciate firemen, have one for a friend, but there is no way you pass a car cresting a hill in a fire truck loaded with water when you can't see the oncoming traffic. Could have been very ugly.
 

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Wilson, file a strong complaint with that fire department. They need to train their drivers (possibly volunteers) much better.


I had a wrong-place-wrong-time close call. North-south road was through 2-lane. East-west 2-lane road had stop signs. I was stopped at the sign east bound, and a Suburban was stopped west bound. Two cars were approaching south bound. The Suburban driver waited for the first car and didn't see the second. He started across. If he'd hit the #2 car, he'd have knocked it into me. If #2 swerved to miss him, she'd hit me. Fortunately he saw #2 and stopped partway out in the intersection. I had no place to go--no place to the side, and no time to go ahead from a standing start. As the 'burb driver finally drove past me, I waved to him....:furious:
 
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