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Old 01-21-17, 08:50 PM   #1
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Moped rider miraculously survives under truck

This could happen to a cyclist, so hope no complaint about posting it here:

Thailand moped rider skids off bike underneath truck
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Old 01-21-17, 09:01 PM   #2
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No complaint about posting it. Just not surprised by the accident. A moped is a very common form of transportation in Asia. Yes, They same thing could happen to a cyclist. Wasn't there a thread about a truck driver in Boston who hit a cyclist in 2016 resulting in the cyclist's death?
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Old 01-21-17, 10:28 PM   #3
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Looks like the moped stopped the wheel.... And a clueless idiot riding it.
I partially saw and heard over a dozen crashes with all types of vehicles/ bikes/ BL guardrails, in 5 months.
One was 2 small motorbikes in Hanoi, head-on. I was going down a narrow street with usual clutter. Then I noticed a big bus coming from both directions. I STOPPED and got the hell way over right and leaned out besides. So then the buses passed each other and BOOM. The 2 motos both tried blindly passing their bus, 15 feet in front of me. One guy got sandwhiched between the fallen bikes. The crowd picked up the mess and he was bleeding and had a obvious ankle sprain. I gave him some kleenex. One day a large dump truck tipped into the ditch in front of my hotel, overnight.

Actually, on my second day in Hanoi 2007, I was on a sidewalk by a LBS 3 feet from a rear-ender, 2 motorbikes. 2 girls in the front, bike tipped and driver cut a finger open. I also handed out kleenex. Then watched as the back bike driver right away took her to a hospital. Then I bought a little girl bicycle to ride, about $70. Only used it 3 days and sold it to the hotel half price. Flew to Saigon and did the same for a 2 week stay. Only wanted to ride in the city.

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Old 01-23-17, 04:20 PM   #4
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why did the truck back up a little bit. I didn't see the moped driver come out.
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Old 01-24-17, 01:03 PM   #5
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Truck driver shouldn't have been turning left from the right lane. It's not like it was a semi.
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Plenty of blame to go around, the driver shouldn't have turned from the far lane, but in his defense he probably felt he needed the swing room to clear the gate, and he did slow to a full stop, pause and signal before starting his turn.

The moped should have been more alert, but possibly was suckered by the SUV which shot the gap just before.

Fortunately luck in the form of timing and good reflexes kept this from being more serious. just one more example of why it's better to be lucky than smart.
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Plenty of blame to go around, the driver shouldn't have turned from the far lane, but in his defense he probably felt he needed the swing room to clear the gate, and he did slow to a full stop, pause and signal before starting his turn.

The moped should have been more alert, but possibly was suckered by the SUV which shot the gap just before.

Fortunately luck in the form of timing and good reflexes kept this from being more serious. just one more example of why it's better to be lucky than smart.
The truck before did the same thing. If they cannot make the gate from the left lane, then the safer method would be to split both lanes for the truck turn.
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The truck before did the same thing. If they cannot make the gate from the left lane, then the safer method would be to split both lanes for the truck turn.
IMO - they should either widen the gate, or do the right thing and send a safety man out to flag traffic when a truck wants to enter.

But despite that, I suspect that a big part of the problem was inattentiveness on the part of the moped driver. Either that or she was aware of the turn and planning to shoot the gap like the car ahead of her.

As I said, there's plenty of errors here, but luck trumps brains every time.
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