Never ride behind an ambulance

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by goosecreek, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. goosecreek

    goosecreek fed up

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    I pulled out behind an ambulance(no emergency lights running,) there was not a car close behind it . I go a mile and a half up the road signal to turn left (waiting for on coming traffic to pass . Wham, a few minutes later I realize I am in the middle of the road on the ground and with all of the on coming traffic is parked in the ditches .
    Seams that a poor little old lady had fallen behind the ambulance far enough so that I could safely enter the road between them. Her husband was in the ambulance and she was not thinking about driving until she slammed into the back of me at about 30mph. Luckyfor me, the on coming traffic was actually driving and managed to keep from making me road kill.
    I do not recommend riding behind a ambulance even when the lights are not on because you never know if there will be a emotional distressed person following behind.
    I survived, :Dand my wife gave the little old lady a ride to the hospital (her husband survived:clap) and I rode with the tow truck to take my bike to the shop.
    So please use caution; I never thought about the vehicles or drivers that travel behind ambulances but never again will I make the mistake of placing myself between a rescue vehicle and inattentive driver again. I hope.
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    i always try to makes sure if I get hit I am not pinched between vehicle so I was far left in the lane since I was turning left. I need to rethink this . I could have easily been hit by the oncoming traffic had they not been alert.

    So other than avoiding ems vehicles how could I imrpove my odds.

    By the way I was less than 2 miles from home turning into the store. Always wear your gear even if it is a quick run to the store.
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  2. Jazz62

    Jazz62 Long timer

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    Really remarkable that you are unhurt - BRAVO!!! :clap

    About your bike - that'll buff right out.
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  3. Wy'east

    Wy'east Dust in the wind...

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    I should add to this, never follow behind emergency vehicles in general if you can help it. Police cars can be the worst with their sudden stopping or pulling over. With fire trucks in "code 3 mode" usually means somebody else is coming along few seconds behind them.

    Just need to pay extra attention!
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  4. Homerb

    Homerb Been here awhile

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    And most fire trucks will spill water out of their tanks as they corner at speed, creating wet corners on dry roads.
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  5. gastone

    gastone R.I.P. sweet Angus

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    Steve,

    glad to see that you are okay man. Heal up, get better, see you soon.

    G.
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  6. eddie bolted

    eddie bolted BOING!!!

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    HEY STEVE,Your lucky,glad your OK
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  7. Michhub

    Michhub Major Medical

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    :eek1 Happy to hear you didn't sustain any serious injuries.
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  8. twigsnapper

    twigsnapper How did I get here?

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    Damn that sucks, glad to hear you're ok.
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  9. Intrigue_262000

    Intrigue_262000 Did you see that wheelie?

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    Glad your ok. Heal fast.
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  10. ecubed

    ecubed LFC Cat

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    GOOSE!

    Sorry to hear of the mishap. I like your sage advice....

    "So please use caution; I never thought about the vehicles or drivers that travel behind ambulances but never again will I make the mistake of placing myself between a rescue vehicle and inattentive driver again. I hope."

    Looks like the bag took the energy and not your leg!

    Oh, and ATGATT. Done. Glad you are OK !
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  11. tkent02

    tkent02 Long timer

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    Here's an idea, don't turn left if you have to stop to do it. Just roll on down to the next intersection. Expecting any car behind you to stop just because you did is ludicrous. If you do decide to stop, keep an eyeball in the mirror.
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  12. woofer2609

    woofer2609 Been here awhile

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    I was on a dual sport ride last month and only had my crappy little Baja turn signals ( I switch them out for the stock ones that stay attached to my rack when going off road.) We did a small section of road, and had to make a left turn in a 50 mph zone. I used my hand to signal before coming to a stop, which I've gotten in the habit of doing all the time now, and not a limp little point to the ground, but a proper signal. Once stopped, I turn my head 180 degrees to gauge the speed of driver approaching from the rear to make eye contact with them if possible. I find I can guage their speed better than if using my mirrors. I've got in the habit of pulsing my brake lights as well.
    Some people will still be oblivious, however.:norton
    I have, in some situations, pulled off to the shoulder until there is a clear break in traffic, and then crossed, if there is not the opportunity to turn right three times and go straight across, or the next left is 10 miles down the road
    Really glad to hear you are OK and dissecting the situation to avoid it happening again!

    And hey, at least there was an ambulance nearby!
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  13. Davo-55

    Davo-55 Long timer

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    Damn, Goose. Hope you are OK, I never would have thought about that scenario. Seems like if she was far enough back for you to get between her and the ambulance she would have seen you riding that punkin.
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  14. ABritOnMaui

    ABritOnMaui Been here awhile

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    Glad you are ok! Sound advice. Here we all pull off the road if there's an emergency vehicle (with lights on, I realise the ambulance didn't have lights on) about to give them the entire road to themselves. It works out safer all round and frankly you never know when it will be you in the back and the time saved getting you to ER by having an empty road could make the difference. Not sure if its the same elsewhere.

    Odd an ambulance would have someone in and no lights? My experience has been if they are responding to a call or making the trip to hospital they always run sirens and lights, if for no other reason than they get there quicker and can respond to the next call quicker.
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  15. Nialis

    Nialis Super Motarded

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    You are lucky bro! However riding in front of an ambulance is win ;o). I had medics scooping me off the road in under a minute after my head on collision with a car. :deal
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  16. goosecreek

    goosecreek fed up

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    It was dark I live in a rural area when the ambulance passed it had only the headlamps on. I saw no other headlmaps(there is a hill and curve but I did not see any lights coming) the store I was turning left into is well lit with a stop light 20yds up the road and the speed drops 100yrds before.
    I do not see it practicle to only make right turns in a rural setting but neither is landing in the road beside a busted bike.
    I should not have to only turn left in areas that I can do so without stopping but on a 350 bike I will not argue with a car again.
    The traffic in front of me was just starting to pull off the light so I would have been in second gear even if I had not been turning.
    The fact is she was not thinking of anything but her husband and should not have been driving sealed my fate. My wife gave her a ride to the hospital, on the way there she told Heather she nromally does not drive. Yet she was driving after dark in a distressed state:eek1
    Wow I am sore I can feel muscles I never knew I had and the mild headaches come and go but I am sure that will pass in a few days.
    I would be very angry if it were not for the fact that I am sure the only way she coul be with her husband that night was to drive.
    I am going to write it up as an easy lesson learned and hope that all of you think twice before pulling out behind an emergency vehicle even if it appears not to be working at the time.
    Now on to the task of getting my bike up and running . This is the perfect time of year to ride in this area:cry
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  17. Widowmaker

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    I would say you follow alot of good practices with ATGATT leaving space and being aware of your surroundings. The only thing I would add is that having the extra space wont help if you arent using it. If you are stopped at stop sign, intersection, etc whether you are turning or going straight keep an eye on the mirror and if you see a vehicle that doesnt look like it is slowing just pull next to the vehicle in front of you or to the shoulder to get out of the way. Just remember that if the person is not paying attention they may hit the vehicle you are next to so be prepared to move further up or away if they are still not slowing down. Glad that you werent injured and that you already practice good habits when riding.
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  18. ardbeglily

    ardbeglily Been here awhile

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    I used to ride as a Pediatric ICU Transport RN and told parents very clearly that could NOT follow behind the ambulance and that if they did we would stop the ambulance or call the State Troopers. I was concerned with being in the back and their car coming through the back door or having them run a light behind us and wrecking. Glad you didn't do more damage. We learn something new every day.
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  19. goosecreek

    goosecreek fed up

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    Widowmaker I think you hit on one of my biggest mistakes I checked the mirror as I came up to my turn then I focused on the on coming traffic never checking the mirror again.:huh
    Ardbeglily can the spouse not ride in the back ? I see it on TV all the time :lol3
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  20. ABritOnMaui

    ABritOnMaui Been here awhile

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    Interesting! I noticed in Hawai'i they don't let relatives ride in the ambulance either but in the UK they do. I do understand the logic of not having relatives directly follow the ambulance when they are upset, that is just asking for disaster. I assume they are told to proceed to hospital at a normal pace rather than tailing the ambulance lawyer style?
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