Christmas afternoon, just driving my truck downtown from a lovely walk in Lynn Headwaters. I cross the 2nd Narrows bridge as I'm on my way to my studio and take the McGill exit heading West. No traffic on the road at all.
Another truck appears from the merge lane from the McGill exit HWY 1 heading West and buddy instantaneously careens from the merge lane all the way over to the far left lane and right in to me. Only a second to react through my disbelief that he can't see me. I lay on the horn while putting on the binders and the ABS starts to shudder. Sure enough, he collides with me but not seriously enough to cause loss of control.
We pull off. The other driver is apologetic, exclaiming he couldn't see me because I was "right in his blind spot". Of course, that's what shoulder checking your lane change is all about but I'm not going to argue, I just want to exchange insurance info and be on my way to enjoy the rest of my Christmas.
I've experiences a lot of near misses but today I couldn't react in time. Luckily no one was hurt and I'm just looking at some wasted time dealing with ICBC and a body shop.
Moral of the story - I've been driving for 20 years and with the amount of riding I do, I consider myself to be a very alert and aware driver/rider who constantly anticipates other people's driving deficiencies. But some days vigilance is not enough. I'm glad I was in my truck and not on my motorcycle. Perish the thought.