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02-14-2011 12:06 AM
Cabrito A good reason why you need to keep checking your six. Even at a stop.

I'm constantly checking and applying my brake (the strobe type) while at a stop.

And, yes make sure you have an escape plan.

That could have been real bad.
02-11-2011 02:51 PM
Lockjaw See, thats the rub. That's how it was when I got hit on the board. I stood up ready to go and there is a little old lady crying and freaking out. Bad scene. If she knew I was hurt bad, she might have had a heart attack.

02-11-2011 02:49 PM
TrabFTW I don't know who was freaked out more. Her or the rider.
02-11-2011 02:46 PM
Originally Posted by SteelB12 View Post
Saw this on another forum. What the hell was she doing to not see him?? Its nice and bright out, no rain.

You're gonna be sorry lady once I find me an ambulance chaser on late night TV
That was one of the things I thought. Texting? Eating? Who knows? I got hit on my skateboard when I was a kid by an old lady that was so freaked out I didn't realize how bad I was hurt til I got home. That's the f'd up thing about these kind of accidents. If it was a drunk driver or some jerk, I might settle things on the spot. (I'm a tough guy now). But that would suck so much. He's probably hurt. His bikes is obliterated. He is totally in the right. But the enemy is some ignorant old lady. TRUST ME, I am not defending her, but that would be a tough one for me.

02-11-2011 12:21 PM
TrabFTW FFS that made my entire body cringe. Being pinned between two vehicles is one of my biggest fears in traffic. Though I sometimes space out and forget, I typically try to leave myself room to jet forward/past the car in front of me in case some one is coming up on me too quickly.
I've even done it a couple times in stop and go freeway traffic where it turned out I didn't need to, but was nice having that comfort zone there.
So, yes, always try to make sure you have an escape route and spam your mirrors when at an intersection.

man that hurts to watch.
02-11-2011 03:45 AM
SteelB12 Saw this on another forum. What the hell was she doing to not see him?? Its nice and bright out, no rain.

You're gonna be sorry lady once I find me an ambulance chaser on late night TV
02-09-2011 08:46 AM
rob-grout do you think if you mounted the drivers seat of cars on the front bumper they’d bother to look where they were going then?
02-09-2011 07:53 AM
650Stew Yikes! That could have went so badly, luckily he gets to ride another day.
02-09-2011 02:13 AM
Always have an escape route!

And keep checking your mirrors. Tough situation, but if he'd been looking in the mirror once stopped and covering the levers (and been fast), he had a chance. Luckily, he looks OK. Bike doesn't though. He landed on his feet. !!!

Good reminder about safe following distance, too. Imagine knocking the bike out from under somebody. Or worse.

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