04-24-2012, 08:48 PM
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B&C 140 Class
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Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Central Texas
Spiker: Really sorry to hear a story like this, please accept my prayers and condolences and also convey them to the family. People in cars who also ride see motorcycles. Many people in cars who don't ride DON'T see motorcycles. It's an unfortunate fact. Two weeks ago I wasn't 4 blocks from my house when I saw a woman in a minivan sitting on a cross street up ahead of me. She waited 'til I was within 40 yards, and while staring directly at my face pulled right out in front of me. I had already figured this was gonna happen, I was already on both brakes just in case, then she gives an "apologetic" wave out the window, that makes it OK in her mind. You can't be defensive enough when you're on two wheels. I got my first bike in 1966 and have never been without one since, I figure I've seen just about everything people do when you're on one. Sorry about the rambling, once again my heartfelt condolences to you and his family.
I had almost the exact same thing happen to me. Passing through a school zone, I was at a mini-van's left rear quarter. The driver (a woman) looked over her shoulder to check her blind spot, we made eye to eye contact. That's when I started grabbing both brakes . . . and a good thing too. Yup, you guessed it! She grabbed my lane. Thankfully, I was no longer anywhere near her left rear quarter. I was well behind it.
Condolences to the family and sad to hear that this has happened again.