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Husband, wife seriously hurt in motorcycle crash

Discussion in '24-7 Lounge' started by Goodvibes, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Goodvibes

    Goodvibes Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    http://www.wesh.com/news/central-fl...sh/-/17565894/17607554/-/i9ac87z/-/index.html

    I almost made this trip to Cedar Key with the group from Wellington FL . . . I hope we all will learn defensive maneuvers to avoid a tragic situation as this. What can we do with a driver who insists on passing a line of 15 bikes, the lead who is about to turn left into the oncoming car's path? The husband lost a leg below the knee, but both are alive.

    Be extra, extra careful out there riders!
     
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    Hope they recover quickly.

    I not sure there a defensive technique for this accident. I may take glance in my mirror before a left turn but the odds of seeing the car driver pulling a stunt like this is next to nothing considering the timing and the lack of visibility when a bike starts a turn. This was not the usual "I didn't see the motorcycle officer", the driver crossed over a double yellow line and disregarded the the brake lights and most likely the turn signals before him. This guy (car driver) belongs in jail for a good while. And if the double yellow does not meet the states regs, the state may have some liability as well.

    The only defensive technique I can think of is to keep an eye on drivers that show signs of incompetence. I tend to stay away from them by speeding up or slowing down and taking into account a dozen other factors. If this car drivers behavior was signaling, I'm an idiot, and the pack of motorcycles passed him with out a 100% guaranteed get away. Then that's a lack of judgement. I catch myself once in a while doing something dumb and its just luck that something terrible didn't happen.
     
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    This is such a tragic accident that is hard to explain. After reading about this I found on another forum a referecne to a book, " Proficient Motorcycling" by Dave Hough which i picked up at the library. On page 14, he states, " before you pull around someone, [but this can apply to making a left turn as well] take a good look behind to ensure that someone else isn't in the process of zooming around you"

    I know hindsight is 20/20 but i would think that this is a driving habit that we should all practice.
     
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    I was not there and do not know all the facts of the crash. So I will avoid commenting on blame.
    But way back when I took the MSF course they did mention that you should check your left mirror when turning left in case someone was already passing you on your left. Not because it is right or wrong but because when you are on a motorcycle you always lose in an accident.
    The other things is that personally I won't ride in that large of a pack. It is too dangerous for my tastes. But that is just my opinion and clearly there are others who do not agree.
    It is sad what happened and I hope they recover fast and fully. No one deserves that, but it is a possible outcome every time you ride so you have to be careful. If you don't, who will?
     
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    Yep, check the mirrors always and never assume others see or respect you. Intersections are the worst . . . .
     

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