Again, by the anything is possible principle, I recognize that this is possible. But it's hard to believe.Originally Posted by RobertHurst
How do you know she did not look? How do you know she did not drive out of the alley until the back of her car was even with left sides of the bookending vans? How do you know what her sight lines would have been from there? How do you know they would not have been good enough to see far enough? How do you know she did not inch out a bit, far enough to see that 3 feet to the right of the stripe was clear for a ways, before she gunned it, while you were ogling the babe and you just didn't notice that she did that? How do you know she did not look well enough to have clear a leftish position, but not a rightish position in the bike lane?
Edit: In all likelihood, after cutting out the way she did and being smashed into by a cyclist she did not see, she could have easily convinced herself that she pulled out without looking first, even though she had. People do things all day instinctively without really thinking about it, and driving is no different. She could very well have pulled out just far enough to see just far enough to see there were no cars coming close enough to make it safe to quickly pull out, and gunned it, surprised by your sudden smashing into her as much as you were surprised by her "sudden" pulling out. How do you know this is not what happened? Why do you believe that she just blindly pulled out and was not hit by a car or truck due to sheer luck?
Also, either she does this regularly because she lives or works down that alley, or this was a new thing for her. If she lived here regularly you'd think she'd learn an effective way to pull out of there, something like what I described above. Similarly, if this is a new thing for her, it's hard to believe that she would have the confidence to just pull out blindly. Was she drunk? Unless she was drunk, I still think she probably did more checking than you realized because you were not paying attention, and she just missed you because you were in her blind spot.