Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
Re: Lane Splitting Crash (helmet video)
I couldn't help thinking the following while watching the video:
* The rider was obviously inexperienced. What was he or she looking at when the safety situation changed? What was he or she actually "seeing"?
* The rider was going too fast for conditions. The vehicles on the right were stopped, including the large tractor-trailers. Why didn't the rider slow down when the vehicles on the left slowed down?
* Why was the rider recording the ride? Was the camera a distraction for the rider? Did the rider create other distractions for himself or herself?
* Why did the rider miss all the obvious clues? Obvious clues included the turn signal on the truck, the fact that it started to close the space, its turned front tires, and the open space on the right.
* Most important: Why didn't the rider apply his or her brakes? There was plenty of time to stop, even after the truck committed to the lane change.
As someone with many years' experience riding Southern California freeways, what was shown on the video is a common occurrence. It should be anticipated and expected by riders. If I had carried a camera over those many years, I could show you hours and hours of video where drivers invaded my space, cut me off, and demonstrated all manner of unsafe and reckless driving behaviors, most due to lack of attention, but also a growing number of drivers who use their vehicles with deliberate, aggressive intent to threaten others.
In my opinion, any rider planning to share lanes must be prepared and equipped to handle the situation shown in the video, and many other situations that may arise. If not, then they have no business sharing lanes, until they are well and truly ready.