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What if the cager that hit you was another rider? - October 10, 2013, 11:20 PM

So you get hit. Maybe even the dreaded left turn hit and somehow you're still alive. You find out how bad your injuries are and start to figure out what you want to do about this.

Then it happens. You overhear a comment and now you know. It's a rider in a cage that took a left into you. Does this change what you think about the accident?

You realize that cagers just don't know any better but this was a rider. Are you angrier? More willing to cut the guy some slack? Did you want to take the cager to the cleaners but a fellow rider deserves a break? Or the reverse?


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This is what happens when weak minded adults allow children to make decisions. You get stupid shit like this.
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October 10, 2013, 11:23 PM

To me, it wouldn't matter one bit who was in the car when it comes to what compensation I feel I should get from the incident.

It would change my feelings if anger towards them to feelings of disappointment. Motorcyclists should be way more vigilant than the average motorist.


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October 10, 2013, 11:25 PM

I really wouldn't overthink it. We're all cagers to a certain degree. Very few of us probably use motorcycles as a primary line of transportation. I would treat it as an unfortunate accident that could have happened when you were both in your vehicles or bikes. Do WHAT you have to do to get your life back in order. You don't need to cut him/her any slack and you don't have to be vicious about it either. Look out for you, that's what he/she will be doing at the end of the day.


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October 10, 2013, 11:37 PM

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We are ALL "wired" to make that mistake. I know of now motorcyclist who would try and run down another in a car. (We won't get into bikes as I ride a dirtbike....DOH!)

I think the issue for us is that by far, car drivers pay less attention to their surroundings because they have a cocoon of protection. We don't. They make a mistake, we pay immediately. Rarely in that type of incident do they get a scratch.

I hope you are healing well. Let the lawyer maximize your settlement. It will never truly be enough. But try to cover as much as possible. Then learn from it and put it behind you.

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To me, it wouldn't matter one bit who was in the car when it comes to what compensation I feel I should get from the incident.

It would change my feelings if anger towards them to feelings of disappointment. Motorcyclists should be way more vigilant than the average motorist.
This. Less anger, more disappointment.

Is this what happened to you, lam? Was dude a rider?


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Is this what happened to you, lam? Was dude a rider?
I really couldn't say. I just happened to hear part, only part, of a conversation and started wondering.

Just wondered how this is generally viewed. As a rider would I feel an extra sense of responsibility if I struck a rider? Do riders have higher standards for each other? Is there a group loyalty that goes easier on us than on cagers?

Or maybe I just have way too much time to think about this stuff.


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I really couldn't say. I just happened to hear part, only part, of a conversation and started wondering.

Just wondered how this is generally viewed. As a rider would I feel an extra sense of responsibility if I struck a rider? Do riders have higher standards for each other? Is there a group loyalty that goes easier on us than on cagers?

Or maybe I just have way too much time to think about this stuff.
I feel like, as a rider, I should be more aware of the consequences of my failure to notice one.

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I feel that someone who rides should be more aware of motorcycles. I do weird things when I'm in the truck that bikes are not aware of, like getting behind them in stopped traffic so that I know they won't be hit from behind.

For a big accident it doesn't matter though. Life changing mistakes were made and it doesn't really what anyone's resume looks like.
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I feel that someone who rides should be more aware of motorcycles. I do weird things when I'm in the truck that bikes are not aware of, like getting behind them in stopped traffic so that I know they won't be hit from behind.
I do stuff like that too.

Agree with most if what's been said here. Sucks if it was another rider but that doesn't change the outcome; like Turkish said, probably best not to over think it; just respond in a way you feel is appropriate. Good luck with everything.


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What they do outside of the incident that involves me doesn't matter to me one bit.


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Just keep in mind that as a victim of a road accident, your battle is with the insurance company of either the one who caused the accident or your own or both. Your battle is with insurance, and they don't care about you one whip.


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I don't think it would sway my opinion of the person that hit me, but I would sure hope that the other party could sympathize with the situation they just put me a lot more.


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