I came in this morning, and my coworkers told me of a high speed chase along my route yesterday that ended in a multiple-car crash. I told them I didn't see it, and then mentioned that if I had, I would have been glad I was on my bike instead of in a car. (4-lane non-divided, curbed, sidewalk on my side, lights and parking lots all along the road, 35mph)
My explanation was that I feel able to avoid something like that on the bike. I could have ducked onto the sidewalk, or all the way into a parking lot in this case. If I were in a car at a light, there wouldn't have been too much I could do to avoid the speeding cars.
They weren't buying my points, choosing to just focus on what would have happened if I were involved in the crash. Of course that would've been bad, but my manuverability would help a lot in avoiding the situation altogether. Is my reasoning off base here? Isn't it better to be on a bike if something like that is going down near you?