First I have to say thanks for being a true brother on 2 wheels and stopping to help. If we get the chance to meet up someday dinner is on me. One of the things that makes riding better is knowing we really do have a lot of people out there that are watching out for each other.
I have to assume the car was passing the rider when he crept over and hit him? Someone ended up in the other person's blind spot. If the MC rider was passing the car that is a risky move in the right lane, and I would be totally focused on the car to make sure it did not come over the line while passing on the right.
If the car rode up into the MC blind spot and then merged over and hit him, the rider would not see him coming. When riding in busy traffic there is so much going on in front of you its hard to keep track of who is behind you. I have also experienced this riding in twilight, watching out for deer, and all of a sudden there is a car on my tail that seemed to come out of nowhere. It was a police car on a call, and he did not turn on his flashing lights till he was right behind me.
One of the things covered in the MSF course is avoiding accident situations by reducing the number of risks you are exposing yourself to. I very seldom ride on interstate highways, and I avoid 4 lane roads if I can ride over a block and take a 2 lane road. Humans have a perceptual sense of awareness of who and what are around us, and it persists even when we cant see what is behind us. For example when you pass a car, you know there is car behind you now, even when you are not looking at it.
The more traffic you ride in, the more lanes of traffic, the more things your brain is trying to keep track of. After a certain point you cant do it, even subconsciously.
That's my primary suggestion: in a car you can drive in all kinds of traffic, and usually what you described would be a bent fender. On a motorcycle when you are in more than 2 lanes you have to be looking everywhere, all the time, which is exhausting.
My daily commute to work I could take the thruway. Ive done it a few times and its the fastest way.
I could take a route that is mostly a 4 lane road that branches out into 6 lanes at intersections, and several of those are also 4 lane roads. I go that way a few times a month if I have to stop at a store or bank on the way home.
Most of the time I'm on a two lane 35 to 45mph street the whole way. It takes 5 to 10 minutes longer depending on red lights and school buses.
Several times a year I ride my bicycle to work, half way on a canal path, most of the rest of the way on residential streets, and I only have to cross two risky intersections.
How much risk you expose yourself to is one of the things you do have control over.
Last edited by KCW; 05-10-2018 at 06:59 PM.