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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-15-2017, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Just got back home from driving my Chevy.

While at a four-way intersection I got the green to go, heading west-bound. I hesitated as always. As I started to make my way through the light...out of the corner of my eye to the right of me I see a mass of something. I slammed the brakes as a pickup towing a trailer comes through the intersection from my right, going south-bound!!!

The car behind me slid to my right and the truck swerved to his right after going through the intersection on a red light. We locked eyes and I held up my hands yelling profanities. He knew he wasn't paying attention and pulled over. But thank God that I've learned to never gun it at a light from riding motorcycles!!!

And no damage to anyone's vehicle. Whew!

Don't know if he would have missed my had I been on the scoot. Something to always remember.
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Wow -- yeah, that was close. Glad it came out well. He actually pulled over after that? I don't imagine you two had any follow-up "discussion?"

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Wow -- yeah, that was close. Glad it came out well. He actually pulled over after that? I don't imagine you two had any follow-up "discussion?"
After he pulled over I think everyone at the intersection was aware how close there was to an accident from that truck driver not paying attention. Since there was no damage or contact to any vehicle (albeit it had to have been withing inches of him taking at least my bumper off!) I decided to just leave. If I stayed I don't think I would have said anything in kind, so to avoid any escalation I just drove away.

He knew he eff'd up. Hopefully he'll remember next time. I will say that I didn't notice him on the phone. Not to say he wasn't texting but he realized what he was doing as he was doing it. So I assume he was just lost in thought.
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That was the right thing to do, devils. Just decal ate it. Everyone messes up. It's done, no harm done.
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I wait about 5 seconds before pulling away from a busy intersection to avoid what NJ just went through
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This was a very good bit of proactive driving. Unfortunately, a lot of the drivers on the road at any given time are sleepy, daydreaming, distracted, drunk, or high. If there is an accident between a bike and a cage, the rider always loses no matter who is at fault, and it is never fun being in an accident no matter what vehicle you are driving. A lot of near accidents like the one described above can be avoided by being alert and keeping a close watch on other traffic.
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He may not have been able to stop at the speed he was traveling. I would imagine that's why he pulled over. Trucks with heavily loaded trailers require almost twice the distance to stop. Its not uncommon to see a truck/trailer overshoot an intersection and cause an accident or near miss, especially when trying to beat the light. Luckily you were paying attention and no harm came to you or anyone else.
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You know I have found in the last few years people are stupid when driving. They have gotten very lazy and just seam to not pay attention. And not always on their phone!

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Glad your ok NJ. It is crazy out there. I had a close call the other day exiting off the freeway I had to slow down and stop for someone stalled on the exit ramp. The truck behind me slowed down and stopped also, but the truck behind him didn't . I was still in gear and there was enough space in front of me and behind me, that I was able to goose it forward, toward the shoulder of the road and avoid being hit by the guy behind me.

The fellow behind me that was hit, had a trailer hitch sticking out and it did no damage. Howevero the truck that hit him was bent up pretty good but driveable. Everyone was ok, and after seeing the only one that had damage, was the guy at fault , we all left.
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