Post Master General
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Bowling Green, VA
I Ride: '09 ZX6R
I'm glad this SOB won't be driving any more.
I will say that there should be some responsibility laid on the rider of the bike as well..... not saying he deserved to be hit; but he did in fact violate the law by passing a string of cars over a double yellow...... if he was riding in a group and some number of riders passed the dipstick in the car before he attempted to; well that's a recipe for disaster. There's always some yahoo that thinks it's not 'fair'.
The biggest victim in the whole scenario is the rider's passenger. He put her in harm's way, and there wasn't anything she could do about that. The rider could potentially have avoided contact, if he had been covering his brakes, or been down far enough in gears, to be able to power past the car when it lunged.
We as riders need to be aware of the potential for this sort of behavior. I recall an article years ago concerning courier riders in London -- the gist of it was that the riders learned to 'read' the drivers; and that you could tell when someone was going to swerve, because they had to bunch up on their shoulders before they did so. You could see that from a few car lengths away. Road rage makes all of this an even bigger concern.
You don't win a conflict with something that outweighs you by a factor of 4 or more.
Same sort of thing applies with people on cell phones, smoking, drinking coffee, talking to their passengers -- if you are looking for it you can see it far enough in advance to ensure you have more options.
"There's this adage that we have 2 ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we talk. Unfortunately with the Internet people have taken this old adage and turned it around. They have two eyes and 10 fingers so they think they need to post 5 times as much as they read. And since they have 10 fingers and one brain, they only have to think 10% of the time! "