November 2, 2008 at 3:43 pm #2313BuddParticipant
I was driving on the interstate yesterday in my car. A girl on an unidentified sportsbike entered on the on ramp. I was in the second lane and she got in front of me. She was still accelerating and I kept my distance. She looked over her left shoulder flipped her blinker and shot over to the fourth lane from the second. At just that time, some guy came flying up in the fourth lane. He was probably doing 85+. She never saw him. It was a nice car with good anti lock brakes, and the front end of his car was diving down. She, oblivious to almost certain death, had stopped accelerating and was shifting around on the bike getting comfortable. I swear that car was within a six inches of the bike. I about had a heart attack. I don’t think she ever even knew that her life was in danger.
Always do a head check for every lane that you take. She likely didn’t see that guy coming up because of a car in the third lane. He was also going fast enough that the situation changed by the time that she had switched from the second to the third lane.November 2, 2008 at 5:06 pm #14513AmorylParticipant
sounds like she did a bunch of things wrong. I’m not sure what its like up there, but generally where I am, shifting multiple lanes in one go is a no no, and if seen by a cop will result in a ticket. also she should have as soon as she got into her destination lane made sure to look all around her to make sure she was in a good place, seems like she just scooted over and figured she was fine as soon as she got there, leaving it up to the car (how is it the CAR that never sees us saw her without her seeing it?) to slow down and avoid the impact. she’s lucky she wasn’t killed, and part of me wishes she’d have seen how close, so maybe it’d scare her into a bit more awareness, but the other part is afraid she’d have gone from obliviousness to panic and actually caused an accident just after she was spared from it by the more aware car’s driver.November 3, 2008 at 2:54 pm #14528AndrewParticipant
I won’t go 2 lanes in my car unless I can see a long way back in both lanes. It’s crazy to do that on a bike.November 3, 2008 at 4:28 pm #14531CandiceParticipant
I always switch one lane at a time in my car and on my bike but I see cars crossing over lanes like that 2 or 3 at a time all the time, I’m scared of those people in my car and on my bike! I’m glad that it was only a close call for her, geez. Scary.November 3, 2008 at 4:56 pm #14532MunchParticipant
Granted she was crossing to much at one time but that doesn’t mean she shoulda saw the car. At 85+mph gaps get closed in quick and things can appear from seemingly nowhere. I have had similar experience on the ride to work. I am already pacing general traffic at 75 mph …. get over one lane to get passed a “Blue Hair” and then look in my mirror after taking the lane and theres a truck on my rear that I can promise wasn’t there a minute ago. After passing the “blue hair” I get over and the truck moves passed me at a rate that is ridiculous. Chances are he crossed over 3 lanes to get to the outside about the same time I went the 1 lane. If your in the back…… its your responsibility not to run things/people over, granted its in everyones place to look before leaping. Its easier for them to tap the brakes then it is for some to throttle away.
Morning rush hour (or evening) should not be anyones personal slalom run. Though I see it alll the time. “Johnny business” is running late…. donut in one hand …paper in the the other balancing two fingers on the wheel and other two holding the morning paper. Running through traffic like a rookie running cones in MSF. Here one minute…there the next.
As they say in MSF though….. all “accidents” have more then one “fault”.
Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a prediction, but today…… is a Bi**hNovember 3, 2008 at 6:20 pm #14535Maverick9110EParticipant
85mph your going 124 feet per second, just a visualation for ya. Although, thats about normal cruising speed out here on the jersey highways and biways.
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