We are all getting old in an ever maddening world. Glad it wasn't worse.
NO. I was in no way at fault. The investigating officer confirmed that. I was appropriately positioned at the end of a line of cars passing a convoy of 18 wheelers in the right hand lane. I signalled to pull into the gap between two of the trucks but never got the chance. The rider (idiot1) decided to split lanes while his partner (idiot2) decided to do the same thing on my left. The entire group was splitting lanes and travelling at an extremely high rate of speed. I would estimate them to be travelling in excess of 180KPH in a 100KPH zone. Lane splitting is illegal in Canada.JATownsend said:Peter, sorry about your experience with the 'Squids'...they can be troublesome. However,
I suspect YOU may have been at fault also. If you were 'Just' riding along in the middle lane...perhaps you SHOULD have been in the RIGHT lane and contact would not have happened.
Far too many people are in the wrong lane. If you are going slower than the fast group, get to the far right lane!
This may not be what you care to hear. But, poor lane choice causes many crashes!
Which is what I actually did. I did not make the lane change. I signalled but did not change lanes when I saw, in my passenger mirror, that idiot1 was splitting the lane and moving too fast to be able to stop if I got in his way. Here's the point that I think most important. The consequences of their complete disregard for the law and common sense. They not only put their own lives in danger but also that of law abiding citizens. Perhaps consider what would have happened if the rider that broke off my mirror had been a couple of inches closer. He would have bounced of my car. Perhaps with enough force to cause my car to swerve. At least he would have bounced into the next lane that was full of other cars. The riders following closely behind him would have had nowhere to go. The result would have been a multi vehicle accident and potentially several deaths. All this because brainless idiots do not have the ability to understand the consequences of their actions. I was in no way to blame for this. I acted correctly. Legally and in all other ways. The public highway is not the appropriate place for this type of behavior. I do not know what the solution for this is. It will perhaps take multiple deaths before these riders understand this is not appropriate.David13 said:If I am in the car, or on the bike, and I see a group coming up like that, I hold position, to avoid exactly what happened to you.
If they want to signal me to move right, they will come in behind me, and maybe flash the hi beam, meaning "get over". Then I would signal and get over.
The way I ride or drive is, I have to be smart enough to avoid my mistake AND the mistake of the others. If they can make a mistake ... THEY WILL.
I think it's both! That is madness on the roads, and WE are getting older. In most cases that translates to getting smarter, too. We have a better understanding of what the consequences of things are - big and little - because we've seen it, we've done it, or we've seen others do it and we've experienced - personally or vicariously - those consequences.TWheels said:... So is this total madness on the roads or am I just getting old?