A dog took my friend down.

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  1. svs

    svs Posts too much...

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    A group of us took off this morning from HB en route to Death Valley, beautiful day - we head east on the 190 off the 395 about 10 miles in and there is a truck with a toy haulert attached pulled off to the right, mom, dad two boys and their Dog are 150 feet out in the dirt off the road.

    The Dog hears us and it bolts towards the road, I watch the guys in front of me pass the camper without incident I think change lanes and sight an exit, now I'm passed the camper I pull back in the lane look in my mirrors and I watch the dog take out my friends front wheel.

    Right now I'm in Lone Pine at the Southern Inyo hospital waiting for family to get here and pick up Fred.

    Fred ain't dead and crashing sucks- he's got a busted tibia, scraps and Is going to be OK.

    He had full gear on and it worked!

    Fuck crashing sucks. We got rooms in Lone Pine and going to get steaks and drink heavily later - will ride back tomorrow.

    Will come back and do Death Valley later- Be safe eyes up look where ya wanna go and watch for families and their dog.
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  2. bluestar

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    Fucking douche bag dog owners. Hope he recovers quickly.
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  3. Erinaceous

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    ...now how would insurance cover that one? Dog owner? Leash law?
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  4. svs

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    No leash law according to CHP on scene. We were in the open desert, was surreal it happened as it did.

    It will be a civil case is what the officer said.
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  5. xmonger

    xmonger Been here awhile

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    Sorry about your buddy. Hope he has a quick recovery.

    I am assuming the dog didn't fair well either.

    Word to the wise if you see loose dogs...slow down and accelerate away from them as they choose their line for mc intercept.
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  6. Dracula

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    Y'all should have slowed down and stopped, if needed, to avoid the dog. What kind of expectations do city boys have from an animal or road hazard for that matter? Do y'all think blaming someone and doing it all over again is the right way to go?
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  7. svs

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    I was the only one that saw the dog and I took evasive action- the dog is dead. Was very sad. The Cries from the two boys was horrible.

    It's been a long day --our friends wife and sons are due here soon.
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  8. cjmadura

    cjmadura Been here awhile

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    That sucks - tough day. Not the dogs fault, as he is just a dog.
    No leash law is unfortunate. A free-roaming dog could attack a child, another defenseless animal, or get itself killed injuring a motorcyclist.
    Sad all around, but avoidable. Leash the animal, it's a non-event.
    Not every motorcyclist can see every hazard from every direction. I would hate to get injured killing someone's pet, I would be devastated having my cat killed while injuring a motorcyclist.
    I hope your friend heals well, and the dog's family can cope. Sorry.
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  9. Dracula

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    You can never predict animals, or take evasive maneuvers on them. The only way is being attentive, slowing down to almost a stop, and speeding up when the dog gets close. That doesn't work with deer by the way. I am not smarter, but have been down and hurt hitting a dog, that's how I know. Now you do too. The bullshit with insurance and laws only adds up to the drama, but doesn't help anyone. Try to learn from mistakes, and do more good than bad and everything will be allright. Thankfully your friend is al right generally speaking. I hope you have a better ride next time.
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  10. svs

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    Fred's wife and sons are here, they'll be taking him home soon. Three of us staying the night will ride home tomorrow -

    Ideally lessons are learned - partly why it's good to post so we all learn - thanks for all the feedback it does help to process events.
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  11. Warin

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    Dogs chase.

    Had a dog chase me on the motorcycle.. came out of a side lane... ran over its head .. dog took off ... never saw that dog again. It was a small dog .. no fall nor damage to me or the bike, the dog was not happy = tail between legs and yelping.

    For a neighbour hood dog .. If I see them come at me .. and given traffic .. I head straight at them .. I chase them back to their homes. I'm top dog .. and they don't usually try to chase me again. If the owner is around ... I tell them that the dog is a hazard.

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    Good luck with your friends recovery, and the civil claim. If he has insurance .. claim on it and have the insurance company deal with it .. that is what you pay for.
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    Little Johnny is going to have a bad day explaining how his spring break picnic was ruined by "a bunch of squids invade dessert and kilt my damn dog"
    Glad the rider will make it. This incident has affected many people in a bad way and could be turned into a better ending. I think I would replace the kids dog with a new one, that dog would probably be watched like a hawk for the rest of it's days and help the boys learn respect for their dog and others. Funny thing is this could have been any of a hundred different animals that ran across the road in front of a rider. We all need too slow down and smell the roses. No need to hurry to the grave as I hear there are no Hondas in heaven only KLR's. Ta hell i'm headed.
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  13. AlH

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    Hate to hear stuff like this- hope Fred heals quickly.
    We travel with two dogs and they are NEVER off leash EVER unless they are in my own fenced backyard.
    Too bad the dog paid the ultimate price because of stupid owners.


    Have had two dog encounters on a bike- one the dog died and one his owner almost killed him when he found out his dog bit someone- that one got me at a stop sign, never saw him coming while I was looking the other way.

    Recently we were camping in a campground with a leash law- and encountered a guy with a dog off leash- he got into it briefly with my two- the owner has no idea how close his dog came to dying that day- my hand was already on my Khar 9mm legally carried in my right front pocket....and that would devastate me as I love dogs.
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  14. Erinaceous

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    I am glad you were with him. You are a good friend and example to those less experienced in life. Shudder to think how this would have gone had he been alone. Thanks for posting.
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    HOW'S THE DOG and what kind was it?
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  16. svs

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    The dog died from the impact, was a smallish border collie. The family had just got the dog and they were all getting to know each other on this trip. I spoke with the boys and said we all felt bad for the accident and how thier dog died.

    Suns coming up - we're getting our on heads on straight as we have 250ish miles to ride to get back home.

    Happy Sumday Mornin to all - hope for a good ride home. I have pics from all this shit I might post latter - got to check on Fred later too.
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  17. gogogordy

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    That sucks, sorry to hear. I had a friend whose neighbor had a frikking attack dog run me down or attempt everytime single I rode by rode by to my friends house. Not even funny and the dog owner a complete ass for letting it happen.

    Lesson learned the hard way, but yeah Id be lawyering-up if it were me since leash law or not, people are still responsible for the actions of their animals.

    Where to get a steak in Independence? That town isnt exactly well stocked that way. I typically stay at Ray's Den and use her motel's grill to cook something I grab in Lone Pine.

    Best wishes to Fred.
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  18. avocadofarmer

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    Unreal. People get a dog just prior and can't foresee the need to have the dog on a leash on the side of a highway. They are lucky your friend didn't get injured far worse.

    Let me tell you this: Their home owners policy (assuming they have one) covers you in this scenario. I would get a lawyer ASAP. Their stupidity should hit them square in the pocket book.
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  19. CtMac

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    Best wishes to Fred, heal fast.
    Charley Boorman said, " every time you fall off its your fault, even when it's not your fault".
    I have a little f'er who seems to be waiting for me each day on my commute home, comes from a blind driveway on a fast right. 1st time I swerved round him, into the opp. lane. Dumb!
    Fred's story is a tale of irresponsible pet ownership, but it could of just as easily been a dog who jumped out of the car when someone opened the door, not thinking.
    We as riders meet and see a lot of dumb actions, and just simple mistakes, out there. By other riders too..retain it, and use the knowledge when you ride. Thank you for posting.
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  20. FredBGG

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    Mace is much better than a gun to stop a dog fight.
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