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Had my first close call #4488240
08/14/17 09:05 AM
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I was out riding my Zuma 125 this Saturday and had my first close call ever. I was turning right in a shared straight/turn lane and a lady in an explorer failed to see me. I had moved over to the right side of the lane luckily. She swerved and broke her side mirror off on my arm. My arm also bounced down the side of the vehicle as she wizzed by.

After i got home i realized the blinker had been broken and that she was about 1 inch away from her bumper hitting the back of the frame which I'm thinking would have been a much more extreme experience. I kept the scooter up and ended up physically OK but mentally shaken. This is one of those cases that i believe is tough to avoid. I moved over in the lane, had my blinker on, my Hi-viz bell helmet. I guess that's just how it goes sometimes with distracted drivers.


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Re: Had my first close call [Re: JoelB] #4488250
08/14/17 09:14 AM
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She didn't stop?

Re: Had my first close call [Re: JoelB] #4488257
08/14/17 09:20 AM
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I had to chase her down and honk at her a bunch before she finally pulled over. The whole interaction was pointless as i suspect she was under the influence of something. But she had no remorse and never asked if I was OK.


Mine: 2018 Chevy spark (White) 1.4 Non-turbo
Mobil 1 0w20 AFE
ACDelco UPF64R

Wife's: 2018 Chevy spark (Blue) 1.4 Non-turbo
Mobil 1 0w20 AFE
ACDelco UPF64R
Re: Had my first close call [Re: JoelB] #4488259
08/14/17 09:22 AM
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Did you call the cops?

If you have to chase someone down, it is a hit and run. If she was under the influence, she likely could've killed someone else.

If that happened to me, that lady wouldn't be going anywhere until law enforcement arrived.


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2009 BMW 328i (36k) - Castrol Edge Euro 0w40, MANN HU816X
Re: Had my first close call [Re: JoelB] #4488271
08/14/17 09:32 AM
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They must make helmet cams with both front and rear facing cameras. I think someone seeing that they are being filmed might help them pay attention and also you have evidence for your civil lawsuit in case this happens again.


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Re: Had my first close call [Re: JoelB] #4488272
08/14/17 09:32 AM
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Glad you got home safe!

Re: Had my first close call [Re: JoelB] #4488277
08/14/17 09:35 AM
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Was she at least sorry that her side view mirror was broken ?

Re: Had my first close call [Re: JoelB] #4488279
08/14/17 09:39 AM
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I should have probably called the police, but i was a bit shaken up and really just wanted to get home. Funny you should ask about her mirror, that was the first thing she said when she got out of the car "look at my dang mirror!". I had a few choice words for her before i calmed down a bit.


Mine: 2018 Chevy spark (White) 1.4 Non-turbo
Mobil 1 0w20 AFE
ACDelco UPF64R

Wife's: 2018 Chevy spark (Blue) 1.4 Non-turbo
Mobil 1 0w20 AFE
ACDelco UPF64R
Re: Had my first close call [Re: JoelB] #4488281
08/14/17 09:42 AM
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Health issues with your arm might come back to haunt you years from now. That's why it is important to do everything by the book, including a visit to the doctor now, instead of later.

Serious injury and/or death was only inches away. Glad to hear that you are well and safe.

Re: Had my first close call [Re: JoelB] #4488283
08/14/17 09:47 AM
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Glad you stayed upright. I really want to ride again, but its the "other" drivers keep me away.

My wife drives (her car) in peoples blind spots all the time on the highway. At our age now, you cant tell them anything about good driving habits without getting an earful and an attitude all day.

stay safe and well.

Last edited by ARCOgraphite; 08/14/17 09:50 AM.

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Re: Had my first close call [Re: JoelB] #4488289
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Well at least she got some kind of punishment out of the ordeal. grin2

Re: Had my first close call [Re: JoelB] #4488318
08/14/17 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted By: JoelB
I should have probably called the police, but i was a bit shaken up and really just wanted to get home. Funny you should ask about her mirror, that was the first thing she said when she got out of the car "look at my dang mirror!". I had a few choice words for her before i calmed down a bit.


I probably would have gone to jail for beating the snot out of her with said mirror for that statement. What an ignorant POS.

I remember dealing with these kind of people all the time in auto insurance. It was very depressing to say the least. I remember a woman hit a pedestrian in a crosswalk and sent the pedestrian to intensive care. All she was concerned about was the dent in her hood and why her rental didn't have the same features as her normal car.


2000 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L (181k) - Pennzoil 10w30, Napa Gold 1516, Magnefine trans filter
2009 BMW 328i (36k) - Castrol Edge Euro 0w40, MANN HU816X
Re: Had my first close call [Re: JoelB] #4488346
08/14/17 11:05 AM
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There is no way to be safe on a motorcycle, scooter or bicycle when dealing with other vehicles. Their lack of attention to driving or violating the laws means nothing. If you get hit, you get hurt or worse. If it's serious no amount of healthcare or money can "fix" you.

I quit riding after I was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 after a lifetime of riding. I feel lucky that I've only crashed (my fault) a few times and was in one accident involving a motor vehicle. I was hit head on by a police car with his red lights and siren on. I had pulled to the right and had my foot on the curb. He pulled around several cars blocking his way where his attention was focused. I leaped straight up with no other way out and bounced over the hood and through his light rack and landed on the ground, shaken but unhurt. I did the ER routine and the police made a generous settlement. The problem was that it happened when I was young, knew everything and was immortal.

One oops and you'll get the short end of the stick.

Re: Had my first close call [Re: JoelB] #4488360
08/14/17 11:33 AM
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So glad that it wasn't worse for you. Your quick instincts saved you. I had a similar thing happen to me years ago on my cycle when a lady went from her inside lane to my outside lane as we went around a bend. I dropped my bike and damaged a muffler. She stopped to check on me.

Re: Had my first close call [Re: JoelB] #4488378
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dont ride


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