Had my first accident :( No one hurt :)

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Woozle, Sep 14, 2003.

  1. Woozle

    Woozle Guest

    I had my first accident involving another vehicle today, after 12 years
    of riding.

    I was following a White Van. It stopped to turn right into a road
    leading to a quarry in Stanwell Moor. I stopped behind him. A large
    lorry was coming out of the road from the quarry so the van decided to
    reverse a bit to give him more room...

    I saw the reverse lights come on, pummelled the horn button, but by the
    time the cnut had heard it/reacted, .... *Crunch*.

    Luckily the driver wasn't such a cnut after all because he admitted
    reversing, and didn't try to say I'd crashed into *him*.

    Not too much damage. Mudguard broken. Forks a bit twisted, but at
    least he stopped before the bike fell over. But it all happened so
    fast. One moment I'm happily bimbling along. A couple of seconds
    later the bike's buggered.

    And I only just got it back from the repairers after it was nicked last
    month :(
    Woozle, Sep 14, 2003
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    Martian Guest

    [snip tale]
    Always the way innit.

    How close were you to the van?
    Martian, Sep 14, 2003
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    jsp Guest

    Moral #1: Always make sure you can be seen

    Moral #2: Leave an escape route and expect to need it.

    Glad you avoided injury.


    Black it is
    and naked
    jsp, Sep 14, 2003
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    Guig Guest

    If following a white van I always try to pull up on the right hand side so
    that I can see the driver in the mirror, if I can see him then there's a
    halfway decent chance that he'll see me before he starts to reverse.

    GSF600SY Bandit - It's blue you know.
    CBFA #1

    Oh for the wings of any bird, other than a battery hen.
    Guig, Sep 14, 2003
  5. Well, that's good and bad!

    Glad it's nothing too serious, and more importantly that it's only the
    bike that got damaged!

    Dave Jennings, Sep 14, 2003
  6. Guig wrote
    My god will punish me.
    steve auvache, Sep 14, 2003
  7. Woozle

    Woozle Guest

    Yes to both. I was about 8 feet away from the van, but still in it's
    blind spot. It was one of those vans with no back windows.

    More defensive riding required...
    Woozle, Sep 14, 2003
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    Woozle Guest

    I'll do that next time, too.
    Woozle, Sep 14, 2003
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    Trevor Best Guest

    I had one like that in the cage, he was on my side of the road as I
    rounded a bend, doing about 80+ in a 40 limit, no other traffic so he
    wasn't overtaking anything. Narrowly avoided the head-on by me
    swerving into a hedge and him just about managing to miss except
    clipping my wing. Anyway since there was hardly any damage to his car
    he said he'll pay and admitted fault, when the quote came through for
    £700+ (bumper, wing, door, mirror) he said oh better go through
    insurance then proceeded to tell his insurance company that I was on
    his side of the road, no witnesses so I had to accept a 50/50 as my
    insurer (the AA) weren't optimistic at getting anything else.
    Trevor Best, Sep 14, 2003
  10. [snip]

    That's what he said *then* - watch our for some extremely large porkie-pies
    on his insurance claim form! Were there any witnesses? If not, then pray
    that the guy is a gent after all - there are a few out there, still.

    Richard Sterry, Sep 14, 2003
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