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I saw an accident today...(3 posts)

I saw an accident today...rwbadley
Sep 26, 2002 6:50 PM
Reno Police motorcycle cop had a truck turn in front of him. The cop was going pretty fast, and it was gruesome. I last heard he didn't make it. Another reason to be careful on our two wheeled steeds.

Believe nobody sees you. Assume they are all idiots. You won't be far wrong.

RW
re: I saw an accident today...Fredrico
Sep 27, 2002 10:49 AM
I saw an accident last Sunday, between two cars, fortunately. It was comic.

Discovering the wonderful network of bike paths all over Reston, VA., I came to the intersection of Reston Parkway and Baron Cameron Road. A car tried to make a left turn in front of an oncoming car. The oncoming car honked, timidly braked way too late, then smashed into the passenger's side door of the turning car, which kept going until it came to a stop against a signpost, which then fell over onto it.

The occupants of both cars, two in each, just sat there, stunned. Nobody was hurt. Neither car was going that fast, and the impact wasn't that hard. But they just sat there, no knowing what to do. I rode between them across the intersection and went on my way.

I considered offering my account as a witness, but concluded it wouldn't have been necessary, or especially wanted. The only damage was to two cars, crumpled metal and a knocked over signpost.

Life in the naked city goes on. I was glad it wasn't me, and rode home thinking how vulnerable automobiles are in a crash, how expensive they are to repair, how they can really hurt their occupants, and how sensible, benign, efficient, bicycling is in comparison, lest anyone think the reverse is true.
nonsequitorkenyee
Sep 27, 2002 1:56 PM
"Nobody was hurt"

"automobiles...how they can really hurt their occupants"

That doesn't follow. As in most things in life...it depends. Cars have crumple zones to protect their occupants. Bikes have...helmets. If you're an MTB'er, you have body armor. If you crash on a bike, you can get road rash (common) or a broken collarbone/arm. Crash a car at high speed and you will probably die. Do the same on a bike, and you probably will too.