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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-21-2000, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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Leaving dinner on saturday night, heading home, I was lane-sharing by passing some slow moving vehicles (5-10 mph)on the right. A person in this line of cars then decides he needs to park his car as I am passing him and knocks me and my bike over on the side. Fortunately I had no injuries besides a minor scrape on my leg.

The bike of course didn't fair quite as well. Broken left lower fairing, major scrapes on the right lower fairing, bent rear brake pedal.

Luckily the guy in the car behind my 'assailant' gave me his business card and basicly said he would be available to back me up for insurance matters, ie the guy didn't really look to see if it was clear.
I was going about 15 to 20 mph at the time.

Some other aggravating matters - the passenger of the car that hit me felt a need to make various statements - 'You had to be going at least 35 mph since you are on a motorcycle. ' I guess she must be an X-Man and can tell a person's speed from behind without even seeing them. The driver also had to inform me that it is not legal to to pass him on the right. I did not feel a need to start any arguments with this person. He has since contacted me to offer me the option of paying for his damages and not involve insurance since he assumed I am at fault. I informed him that in California, Lane sharing is legal. he did not have anything to say except 'Oh.' .

Anyway, it is up to the insurance companies to slug it out now.

Just wanted to get it off my chest.

Jonathan.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-21-2000, 03:45 PM
 
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Passing on the right is legal there? Here that is grounds for a REAL good ticket! Hope ya'll can work it out! Glad your OK though.

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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-21-2000, 04:16 PM
 
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by hobbie:
'You had to be going at least 35 mph since you are on a motorcycle. '<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

If that quote is word-for-word, then that cager had to be a moron......"since" doesn't even make sense.

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-21-2000, 06:26 PM
 
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Huh?

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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-21-2000, 06:39 PM
 
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by AZ Scott:
Huh?
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Yeah, I know. That's not quite what I wanted it to sound like.

It just seems like the quote doesn't make sense in the fact that "You had to be going at least 35 mph since you are on a motorcycle." sorta sounds like the person who said that thinks that a motorcycle is only capable of 35mph, and not 25 or 15 or whatever.


OK, now I'm starting to confuse myself......just ignore anything I say........that's what I do.

Confused again.............

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-21-2000, 08:10 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure that is indeed what the car driver was implying -- that bikes are "always speeding", and that they are incapable of going slower than 35...

You know how bad people are at judging speed. "That sucker done come by me goin' a hunnerd 'n fitty miles an hour!" Yeah, whatever...



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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-21-2000, 08:47 PM
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Hobbie,
Good luck with the insurance folks. Let us know how it pans out.

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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-22-2000, 01:55 AM
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by AZ Scott:
You know how bad people are at judging speed. "That sucker done come by me goin' a hunnerd 'n fitty miles an hour!" <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

dang... i coulda sworn i was doing more than 150...


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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-22-2000, 07:00 AM
 
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Spitfire, Damn man you crack me up you write and think like I do. I often confuse myself easily too. ROFLOL!!!

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-22-2000, 09:36 AM
 
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Bad news Hobbie...passing on the right in any situation on a public street in California is ILLEGAL! Had the cops shown up, you would have been cited and therefore liable for any and all damages to all vehicles involved. I don't mean to be the bearer of bad tidings, but you might think about just letting this go with the other driver. If it were me, I'd just tell my insurance company that "I came out and my bike was on its side! I don't know what happened!" Yes, it's unethical, but so is taking money from clients year in and year out without really providing them a tangible service other than "peace of mind." Insurance companies hate motorcycles except when they get to charge the premiums for them. Best of luck bud, and don't let the bastards get you down...

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