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March 29, 2014

So senseless, a life gone because someone had other things on their minds....

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PSUBIKER

Mar-30-14 8:21 AM

OK, here's my .02, speaking from experience. I was riding my Harley back from a car wash in Montgomery, heading West on Rt.54 back in 2000, when I approached the Rt. 15 traffic light at about 35 mph. Seeing that the light was green in my direction, I noticed a car across the intersection with it's left turn signal on waiting for me to get across. Not knowing if the driver saw me or not, I had my full attention on that car to be sure it didn't turn in front of me. The next thing I knew I woke up laying on the highway with a mangled left foot, a broken femur, hip, and right wrist. A pick up truck heading North on Rt 15 ran the red light and I lost. It took about 6 months to recover and I still have problems walking on a prosthetic leg.

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Nobody

Mar-29-14 10:42 AM

John Zook: "I have yet to see the Harley riders or those on smaller bikes ride like that."

It's a generalization that just happens to be 95% true. I have rarely seen it in 45 years on a Hog.

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Garben78

Mar-29-14 9:46 AM

Look out for bikes? Heck an idiot the other day down route 11 got hit by a train! How the h e l l don't you see that coming as surely they don't weave in and out of lanes. Pay attention as those two things called tracks are what trains travel on whether you be riding in a car or walking generally when you hear the whistle you'll also see a big locomotive so all you have to do is not pull in front of it and don't be walking on the tracks anyhow its called trespassing

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CMReeder

Mar-29-14 9:27 AM

Everyone who is operating a motor vehicle whether it be truck, car or motorcycle as well as bikes should be operating them defensively.

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mikekerstetter

Mar-29-14 9:18 AM

JohnZook-"I have yet to see the Harley riders or those on smaller bikes ride like that...."

I have, many times...

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JohnZook

Mar-29-14 9:14 AM

It's my experience that the "crotch-rocket" riders who think they are invincible. They ride way too fast, weaving in and out of traffic and between cars. I have yet to see the Harley riders or those on smaller bikes ride like that....

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mikekerstetter

Mar-29-14 8:13 AM

If people don't see cars and 18 wheelers coming and pull out in front of them what makes people think they will see that little motorcycle. I agree, the person pulling into or crossing over to another lane has the responsibility to look to make sure they are clear to do so. I don't ride a motorcycle, but I still approach every intersection with the expectation that someone is going to pull out in front of me. I'm not going to paint with a broad brush, because I think the majority are good, respectful riders, but there are a few out there who drive a lot faster than the speed limit and weave in and out of traffic. It's a two way street, no pun intended.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-29-14 7:51 AM

It is called defensive driving, folks....it does not matter if you are driving a motorcycle, car or truck.

Safety cannot be mandated, regulated or engineered....safety comes from each person's CHOICES they make every day.

We just moved out\r safety program from one of mandates and lectures to one of instilling safety into everyone's life 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At work, home or travel.

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enigma

Mar-29-14 7:20 AM

I have to agree with the comments so far. Motorcyclists must first watch out for themselves. Many of them are reckless, not obeying traffic laws. In addition, motorcycles are much harder to see than cars. Motorists are used to seeing cars on the road and a motorcycle does not have the same presence. Motorcycles are a lot of fun to ride, but those who ride them should not forget that being on the road is serious business. While people in cars should try to be vigilant, the final responsibility for motorcycle safety belongs to the rider.

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CaveFelem

Mar-29-14 7:05 AM

And on the flip side of this coin we have riders like the one who travels my road. He or she goes so fast, when I hear them coming, I can't get to the window fast enough to get a look at the bike. This is a hilly road with a lot of driveways, and one of these days someone will be pulling out, this person will be going 60+ mph, and we'll see another story about car vs motorcycle.

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Nobody

Mar-29-14 6:55 AM

MrShaman: "only a FOOL would expect "drivers in cars and trucks" to "watch out for them". "

I've been riding 45 years, and truer words have never been spoken

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MrShaman

Mar-29-14 6:17 AM

"I have relatives who have motorcycles and they are very experienced on them, but it doesn't matter if drivers in cars and trucks, don't watch out for them." - Donna J. Lambert

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If you truly have "experienced"-riders (all things being relative), in your family...they'd be the FIRST-ones to tell you...only a FOOL would expect "drivers in cars and trucks" to "watch out for them". That's not the way "the game" is played...no matter what-it-is you're driving.

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