While returning home (solo) from a group ride yesterday, I was almost hit even though I was on the inner half of the shoulder.
Without exaggerating, a bastard (with a wife(?) and two kids strapped in the back seat) couldn't have missed me by more than 2" AND possibly even less as my elbow went above his side view mirror. (I still don't know how I wasn't hit)
When I say close, I can vividly recall the kid's wide-eyed expression as he peered thru the window as they went by.
How it happened:
Car in front of him was stopped with blinking turn signal at an intersection (with a traffic light) and the driver figured he could squeeze by/between us (car and me) at speed rather than having to slow down. (for 6feet until I cleared the stopped car)
I read the posts here about these incidents. While I sympathize with those who get all worked-up, angry and looking for retribution, I typically tend to agree with the calmer voices that remind us to be thankful that you were not injured.
I knew that, but for about a minute, I was incensed. I began sprinting because if I could have caught that car at the next light (he got a green), I would have kicked out his side view mirror to get him to stop. Then called the cops on my cell and had us hash out the ramifications.
How bad would my liability have been?
And would you do the same?