you did all the right things: esp
you were wearing all your gear on a long road trip
you were riding defensively and expecting people to do the stupid things people do
Im sure you will go over it again many times in your head.
I would suggest maybe two things, maybe you could have steered around him instead of full on braking, or some of both.
The other thing I would suggest is dont try to guess what the other guy is thinking or doing, or going to do. Treat every vehicle as if it is mysteriously driving around by itself at random. As long as its pointed across your path, and would be able to accelerate infront of you, then be ready for it.
Im glad you posted about this. Driving to work almost everyday I see someone coming up on a cross street too fast, faster than I would be going if I was going to stop. Normally they do stop, often they stop way past the stop line leaving no margin for error, and no opportunity for me to judge if they are going to stand on the brake, or blow thru the stop sign. So at least once a day Im slowing down as a precaution, and most of the time it was not necessary.
But I do it any way, and I will keep doing it, and your accident is the reason why. There have been several times when the other person was pulling out, and I stopped completely, then laid on the horn.
Its kinda annoying having to ride around feeling like a sacrifice tied to a moving altar, knowing anyone could take you out - but thats the deal
and I love to ride, so its the price of being in the game.
Last edited by KCW; 06-23-2019 at 01:36 PM.