Some bickering in a recent thread reminded me of something that a driving instructor taught me. He told us (the class) that 'There are no such things as accidents, only collisions'
I guess to bring it back to the point, when someone blames outside factors for a collision (like bad signaling or lane changes by another driver, road conditions, cold tires etc) It always worries me because i'm a firm believer that there is always SOMETHING I can do to avoid potential collisions (either between me and a car or me and the pavement). More than anyone else motorcyclists need to be defensive drivers, we've got a HELL of alot more to lose. Every collision could be prevented and the bottom line is that it doesn't matter what the other guy did when you can't walk or are taking a dirt nap because it 'wasn't my fault'.
This being said, I'm a motorcycle noob, and i'm far from an exceptional rider. Because of this i'm always looking for external and self reflective crittersizim.
Wow, I'm bored... need my bike back. *sigh*