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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-24-2016, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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The reason why I had to get a Star motorcycle

Back on July 12th on the way home from work this guy pulled out in front of me. I ended up hitting the rear drivers side passenger door.

I was taken to the hospital and was there for a few hours while they did cat scans and x-rays. Luckily everything came back negative. They gave me some prescriptions and sent me home where I was off work for a few days.

The guy had no valid insurance and no drivers license. Luckily my uninsured motorist coverage took care of all my medical bills, paid for my totaled bike and gave me a little extra for pain and suffering.

This is why we have signs and bumper stickers saying look out for motorcycles!

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So sorry this happened to you. Man, glad you are doing okay from that. The bike is replaceable... Holy crap. Sooo glad it was not more serious. What an idiot driver. Your safety gear did its job. Glad the cops were right there too. That was another lucky break.

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good to hear you are OK and weren't hurt worse. i've had the advantage of watching this multiple times and i know you only had about a second to think about - when you first saw him pull out, did you come across the thought to swerve behind him?

you state in the video that he made eye contact with you. do you usually make it a point to try to look at the drivers in vehicles when you ride?

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Isn't this the classic motorcycle accident? Car pulls out in front of you, turning left, ... - They maybe look left, look right, then they just go. (Maybe they figure they're turning left and will be looking left again. ?) But man, you gotta look left, look right, left, then go, and double check the right. Gotta be vigilant behind that wheel!!

I've almost been cut off a couple times with the same scenario. (Don't know if it's exactly the same as your crash Ridealot.) Obviously that driver did not know how to drive, and with no valid insurance or license. That's awful!

Glad you are doing ok. And glad you came to the Star forum.

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I'm with everyone else in being grateful you're ok. I just hope a thorough accident investigation was done and the brainless driver was cited and held responsible. I say that as a Level 1 accident reconstructionist. Another example of wearing your gear properly.


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good to hear you are OK and weren't hurt worse. i've had the advantage of watching this multiple times and i know you only had about a second to think about - when you first saw him pull out, did you come across the thought to swerve behind him?

you state in the video that he made eye contact with you. do you usually make it a point to try to look at the drivers in vehicles when you ride?
The thought to try and swerve behind didn't cross my mind. To me it happened so quickly. That would have been a great out for sure

No, I do not normally make eye contact with other drivers, but this one I could see the guy looking at me right when he started to pull out and that when I said to myself, welp this guy is really pulling out in front of me
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I just hope a thorough accident investigation was done and the brainless driver was cited and held responsible. I say that as a Level 1 accident reconstructionist. Another example of wearing your gear properly.
Luckily enough one of the undercover deputies on scene was a traffic investigation specialist that witnessed the whole thing.

Driver was cited for the wreck and for not having a drivers license. He has not paid his fines yet and there is a warrant out for his arrest. (he is from another state so i doubt he'll be brought back here)

My insurance had to take care of all my bills.
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Wow man, glad yer ok. I had the same thing happen to me, but was in a Monte Carlo at the time, not on a bike. Not meaning to sound dispassionate, but what Star did ya get? And where's the pics?
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Wow man, glad yer ok. I had the same thing happen to me, but was in a Monte Carlo at the time, not on a bike. Not meaning to sound dispassionate, but what Star did ya get? And where's the pics?
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Same thing nearly happened to me yesterday. Guy looked left, saw a car coming, looked right, saw nothing and saw that car pass. Started to pull out as his head swiveled back left... Luckily I was my usual paranoid self and watching him, so I laid on the horn and he stopped.

Reminds me I do need to get a louder horn.

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