So I was lurking around as I often do, and I saw an old post from Padraf that was resurected. In it he talked about the many accidents that motorcyclists suffer, and how most are not the rider's fault.
Well, would most here agree? I very recently saw some fatal accident statistics saying that 41% of deaths occurr as single vehicle accidents. This shows that THE RIDER is by far the most responsible for his own death. Often in multiple vehicle accidents the rider is also primarily at fault..... although I forget the exact numbers.
Furthermore - Should we even sit here and debate who's fault it was? Who cares?!?!?!?!?!
When you get into a NOT-at fault accident, I think the RESPONSIBLE question to ask is "COULD I HAVE AVOIDED THE ACCIDENT?" This is what is important. IMO - I think with proper skill building and proper driving habbits, MOST not at fault accidents could have been avoided!!!!
Do you go out and practice maximum braking on a regular (read once a week) basis? Do you take track schools to sharpen your reflexes and allow your BRAIN to "slow down" fast happening situations?
Even situations where cars are "running" red lights, or hitting you from behind are AVOIDABLE situations. I would have been mowed down from behind no less than 3 times if I didn't pay CLOSE attention to my mirrors when I'm at a light.
Just a thought, because there do seem to be A LOT of young folks in here with little experience on high powered machinery.... and the last thing I want to see is anyone getting hurt.