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Old 03-29-19, 11:25 PM
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Witnessed car accident today while biking

This was a 1st for me. It's different when your out in the open heart already pumping. I've seen them from behind the wheel. Someone rear ended the person at a yeild sign as I was riding through. Pretty much somes up the two types of drivers i come across most often. The overly cautious and the overly aggressive. I felt bad for the over cautious guy as cars kill ppl daily and if he wasnt there I question if the other guy would have gone right through to hit me or something. Well anyways it made me think and respect the power of the cars we share the road with and the people controlling them can be very unpredictable. Everyone be safe out there. Please share any experiences you may have. Or what you might do to stay safe riding on bustling roads with cars.
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Old 03-30-19, 04:49 AM
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So, what did you do in response, e.g offer yourself as a witness? If you were commuting to work, would you hang around?

(Probably) all of us (and most)
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...respect the power of the cars we share the road with and the people controlling them can be very unpredictable. Everyone be safe out there
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... Please share any experiences you may have. Or what you might do to stay safe riding on bustling roads with cars.

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Old 03-30-19, 05:00 AM
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As my uncle, who was a moto cop in Milwaukee, used to correct everyone who said that cars kill people, "It ain't the car that made the decision to do what it did. People kill people, the weapon can vary."

Paul was a very smart man who saw a lot of blood over time.
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I've lost count of the number of body bags I've seen. 4? 6? (8?) Either way, there is no end of the number of dumb things people do behind the wheel. I've never witnessed a body bag colission happen though, just the aftermath.

May, June, July seems to be a hotspot for people crashing into fixed objects. In one sense it is schadenfrude to watch a dummy turn right at speed into the rear end of a parked bus, but it sucks for all the people who now had their day inconvienced.

Wait! No. I take that back. I watched a guy in a hurry make a left across 2 lanes of a highway. He was hit by 65mph cross traffic. People died, & my work lobbied to have the intersection closed. Now my usual route to work has an exit, 2 lefts at stoplights, a merge to a single lane, a merge to highway traffic, anothet exit & 4 lane changes & about 5 extra minutes. Just to bypass the now closed intersection that dummy used his car to accidently commit suicide by-way-of impatiance.

SMH.

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Old 03-30-19, 06:17 AM
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Originally Posted by bikingtotown View Post
This was a 1st for me. It's different when your out in the open heart already pumping. I've seen them from behind the wheel. Someone rear ended the person at a yeild sign as I was riding through. Pretty much somes up the two types of drivers i come across most often. The overly cautious and the overly aggressive. I felt bad for the over cautious guy as cars kill ppl daily and if he wasnt there I question if the other guy would have gone right through to hit me or something. Well anyways it made me think and respect the power of the cars we share the road with and the people controlling them can be very unpredictable. Everyone be safe out there. Please share any experiences you may have. Or what you might do to stay safe riding on bustling roads with cars.
Thanks for the details. I feel like I was there.
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Old 03-30-19, 06:52 AM
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As a bicyclist years ago in a busy commercial area, in broad daylight-- I witnessed a crash that ended in a, "death rattle." A car driven by an elderly lady pulled onto the roadway from a side street right in the path of a young guy on a motorcycle. From collision to death it all happened within just a few minutes.
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Witnessing this stuff sucks. Trying to find the pulse of a teenage passenger after his under-the-influence driver "friend" went the wrong way down an exit ramp, and not finding it, is no fun. No end of idiots out there. Stay safe, everyone.
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