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Just got ran off the road(7 posts)

Just got ran off the roadTanks
Feb 4, 2002 11:19 AM
by a logging truck. I was not hurt, my bike was not damaged, but it was close. There was no car coming in the other direction and I was as far over to the right as I could get. As I picked myself out of the ditch I noticed that he did'nt slow or stop. He just kept on going. I have to conclude that he intended to do this.

This is not the first time something like this has happened, nor will it be the last. I love this sport, but sometimes I wonder. Good Luck.
re: Just got ran off the roadbayman
Feb 4, 2002 12:11 PM
It happen to me and my buddy in Dec. I got the plate # off the car and I charged him with two counts of assault and one count of reckless driving. We go to court Wensday. The guy stoped and yelled at us and I restrained pulling him out of the car and beating the hell out of him. I'll let the judge take care of him. It's all you can do.
Not to blame the victim...KEN2
Feb 4, 2002 12:39 PM
Although you don't mention the lane/shoulder situation (# of lanes, center stripe or not, etc.), it's possible that hugging the right side of the road encourages the inattentive to tune you out of their line of site (unintentional), and bullies to intentionally buzz you. You can't really conclude whether this case was intentional or unintentional based on the driver's behavior, i.e. he didn't acknowledge your presence/his possible displeasure by honking or whatever.

You might try riding farther out in the lane, where the right car wheel tracks are. You're more likely to be seen there and drivers are less likely to try and squeeze past you without crossing the center line.
Not to blame the victim...merckx56
Feb 4, 2002 1:37 PM
don't excuse what happened! maybe if he had been further out in the lane, he wouldn't have gotten home to type the thread! there is no excuse for that kind of behavior from drivers! period! get hit once and your tune will change!
Not to blame the victim...KEN2
Feb 4, 2002 2:59 PM
If you'd read my post carefully you'd see that I raised the relevant issue of: did the driver actually see him or not? Since the behavior of the driver doesn't definitively answer that question, I was merely pointing out that being more obviously visible can actually be safer--I don't excuse what happened, but if what happens is, a driver doesn't see you, wouldn't you ask yourself "is there a way I can be more visible?"

I also think a mirror is good company in traffic, or with logging trucks!
Claiming one's lanejtolleson
Feb 5, 2002 6:31 PM
Is a very important tool to survival. The way we ride must communicate to drivers that to pass us safely they must leave the lane (ie., cross the center line) and pass us like a motor vehicle. By riding near (or appearing to be on) the shoulder, cyclists sometimes inadvertantly encourage vehicles to pass without leaving the lane.

Or the trucker could just have been a road raging jerk, too. I'm not blaming the rider, either... stories like this are just a good learning tool for all of us and I believe strongly that hugging the shoulder is not the safest way to share the road.
Get him!rollo tommassi
Feb 4, 2002 12:47 PM
I realise this might not be possible, but if you got any sort of description of truck, call the police and report it.
Color of the truck, or a logo or initials on mud flaps can at least narrow it down to a particular company. I bet in your area there are only a half dozen logging truck companies in your area?

Call the police anyway, and get the ball rolling. Be specific when and where this happenend. The dispatcher at the truck company, or the yard foreman, often know exactly where their trucks are at any given time of the day.

I bet that driver pissed off a few drivers, too, so you may be part of a pattern.

Glad you and the bike are ok!