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post #1 of 4 Unread Yesterday, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Please put down the damn phone!

I like to use accidents and near misses to share my thoughts and actions and encourage others to suggest how things might have been handled differently.

Yesterday, I was stopped at a traffic signal in my truck. I was about the third vehicle from the intersection. The light turned green, I took my foot off the brake, and as the cars in front of me began to move, I started to accelerate. Suddenly, I was rear ended and the truck jolted forward a foot or so. I pulled onto the shoulder and the truck that hit me followed. A teenaged driver got out and, obviously concerned, asked if I was OK, which I was. He was very courteous and remorseful. I asked him if he had been on his phone when the accident occurred. He said he had looked at his phone to see if he had any messages, then had bent down to put a CD in his player, and when he looked up and saw the light was green accelerated. He failed to note the speed of the vehicle in front of him. Damage to my truck was minimal. Had I been on the bike, it would have been seriously damaged and I probably would have been hurt too.

When riding, and stopped at an intersection, I'm always in the "ready" position; right hand on throttle, left foot down, right foot on brake, eyes scanning the mirrors and the bike pointed toward my predetermined escape route. It's one of the best things I learned in rider training, and it saved my bacon once with a distracted driver. But once a vehicle or two has stopped behind me, I take my eyes off the mirrors and look forward, because I can no longer see approaching vehicles from the rear, assume the stopped vehicles behind me aren't going to suddenly run into me, and need be ready to move on when the light changes. So I don't think I would have avoided being hit had I been on the bike in that situation. Any thoughts on if or how I could have avoided this accident?

Anyone guilty of using their phone while driving and assuming they are good enough drivers not to get into accidents because of it? The statistics say that's not true.
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post #2 of 4 Unread Today, 11:00 AM
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Glad you're ok.

They stopped calling vehicle crashes "accidents" because that term denotes an event out of one's control when most crashes are caused by negligence and could be avoided. Aside from never driving, not much you can do other than the same things you do on your bike; leave room between you and the vehicle in front, watch your mirrors, be prepared to pump your brake lights or use your flashers if you see someone approaching too fast, or just get in the habit of alerting that car behind you every time if they have some distance to cover. Not sure what you can do with your head and neck in an imminent crash - maybe interlace your fingers behind your head for support - basically you just have to sit there and take it if you're in a line. Most rear-enders happen unexpectedly. I think you're in a better position to help yourself if you're paying attention and watching behind you.

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post #3 of 4 Unread Today, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Yup, crash is a much better descriptor. It wasn't an "accident", it was carelessness, inattention, and inexperience. I forgot to mention that he had come to a complete stop behind me at the light. Think that's when he took the opportunity to check his phone and change his music.

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Iíve been rear ended multiple times in our vehicles (cars, suvs). Once we were rear ended at a stop light by someone that was rear ended. That was the most violent one - - the vehicle that caused it must have been going quite fast.

On the Rebel, I try to follow the good advice Iíve read here about staying alert, watching the mirrors, and setting up for an exit strategy.

One of the first (and few) mods I made to my Rebel after getting it, was installing the flashing LED brake light bulb.

An additional habit Iíve added to my routine is to keep my right foot slightly on the brake pedal for a few extra seconds, even after beginning to accelerate from a stop, if there is someone approaching from behind me. I feel that by keeping the brake light flashing a little longer, I hopefully am getting the attention of that vehicle coming up fast behind me.

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