Okay - look, after seeing so many RIP threads quickly descend into a bitch fest (about whose fault it was) ... I wanted to express the simple fact that, if a RIDER is travelling on public roads at the posted limits, then generally - given a modicum of reasonable riding/braking skills - most riders would usually be able to avoid even the most egregiously errant (stupid) 'cage' driver (unless it's an absolutely, and rare, 'blind' situation).
However, it's well known that it is often the 'thrill' of riding a motorcycle (whatever that means to each person) which attracts the person to the bike in the first place, so people who ride bikes will often flaunt the laws ... for a thrill. Let's face it - going fast is a rush.
So - take a modern sportbike, or any bike for that matter, and go blast around on inner city streets at one and a half times, or double, or even triple the posted speeds and the rider instantly increases his or her chances of getting into an accident many-fold. It's not too much different that when a rider goes down on a twisty road, 'cause he or she was going way too fast (single vehicle crash).
Do you really think that every person out there behind a 'cage' wheel; what with mortgage/job concerns, kids coming home pregnant or on drugs, spouses abusing them or messing around, failing global economies, stupifying reality and game shows on tv, game-boys/I-pods and cell phones in hand, smoking/eating/putting on make-up, or being 'jacked down' on prozac, valium or any other myriad of anti-depressant drugs, can really invest the requisite attention on the road at all times?
Not to mention that it's fucking super hard to visually estimate the speed of an on-coming motorbike, when it's coming straight toward you (small surface area) ... as many videos posted hereon will attest.
The long and the short of it all is:
- it doesn't matter who was 'at fault', the people are DEAD.
- YOU (and only YOU) are reponsible for your own safety and welfare when on your bike
Ride smart, ride aware, and expect the unexpected. Get on a sportbike and you've 'bought into the game'.