Could have been . . . .

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Hosebag, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. Hosebag

    Hosebag Difficult but Useful

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    Messy :cry

    On my way home from the gym.
    Stopped at a red light, fifth vehicle back from the intersection,
    17:00, clear, sunny day.
    Movement in the peripheral from my right side.
    SUV is backing down the laneway towards me.
    I yell. Loudly. Nothing.
    No time to move and nowhere to go. (Riding the ST11, so quick maneuvers are no go. Had I been on the 690, maybe....)
    As the SUV hits my right leg, I pound on the back window and not so gracefully 'leap' off the bike as it falls over.
    SUV stops, then pulls back in the laneway.
    I walk over to the laneway and ask the driver "Did you not see me?", to which she immediately replies "You pulled into an empty spot behind me!".
    Well, short story long, she couldn't believe that she'd backed into me and it took the police and a very calm and clear headed witness to convince her otherwise.
    Damage? Lucky for me, just some shin skin removal. And the bike? A scratch on the l/h tip over pod and a tiny scuff on the tank. Amazing.

    Moral? (As I had mentioned in casual conversation that very day to a fellow rider) "Assume you're invisible and ride accordingly" :ear
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  2. tkent02

    tkent02 Long timer

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    Of coure she didn't see you, cars don't see motorcycles.

    Lot of morals here. Stop back far enough that you can move ahead if you need to? Point the bike at the gap between cars as you stop so you can squirt forward if needed? Maybe even don't stop, just slow down and keep creeping forward? Be ready to blast the horn? Be ready to drop the bike and hop off?
    Whatever it takes, don't leave yourself with no time to move and no place to go.

    Don't know the exact circumstances in this case, number of lanes, how far the SUV backed up, but this is the second one I read about where a car came into a stopped bike from the side. The other car was rolling with no driver IIRC.

    Happy you got off so lightly, it certainly could have been messy.
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    PT Rider Been here awhile

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    rico2072 Been here awhile

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  5. Hosebag

    Hosebag Difficult but Useful

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    First accident (for her)!

    Unfortunately nowhere to go. Narrow street and oncoming traffic.
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    lfmn Been here awhile

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    First one that she remembers anyway! :D
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  7. tkent02

    tkent02 Long timer

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    You are not listening.
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  8. DOGSROOT

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    You yelled.

    Loudly.

    Pounded on her rear window.

    I suppose your horn is on the fritz... :dunno
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  9. tommyboytp

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    I have been backed into twice, with my horn going full bore. I think most drivers believe " he can't possibly be honking at me" :doh
    I think most of them suffer from cranial / rectal inversion
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  10. jimhaleyscomet

    jimhaleyscomet Adventurer

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    I was also backed into with horn blaring and just last december saw one car back into another that had its horn on. I later realized that I must always leave an out which is much easier in Texas then when in England!
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  11. Horizontal

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    Because horns don't work in England? :huh
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  12. Hosebag

    Hosebag Difficult but Useful

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    This all happened in a matter of seconds.

    Kind of hard to hit the horn when you're holding on with your left hand and banging on the back window with your right.
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  13. DOGSROOT

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    Yeah, that's true...

    Maybe I should try and avoid Monday morning quarterbacking!

    I never had this happen to me (so far) so it's a theoretical.

    Glad you came out of it relatively unscathed.

    I'll know better what to do if it happens to me 'cause of your post.

    Cheers. :norton
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