Was in the carpool lane about to pass the car in front of me when the driver decided to flash their turn signal and change lanes immediately after. I braked to avoid getting hit and the next thing I knew I was I tumbling and ended up in the 3rd lane from the carpool lane and my bike skidded and ended up in the second lane a couple of feet ahead of me.
All things considered, I was lucky I didn't get run over from behind and my bike didn't hit another car. Injury wise only sustained a broken thumb as I was wearing full gear so once again another friendly reminder to always wear all your gear. I'd like to consider myself a pretty conservative rider but at the end of the day what freaks me out is all the "distracted" drivers out there. Just takes one bad driver to ruin your day, which sucks for us riders.
Okay so it was a bad lane change. This is among the top factors in most wrecks, even for those on four to eighteen wheels. I'm learning from your shared experience.
As riders we have to ride as though any and every potential wreck is our fault; because regardless of who is at fault, we loose, 100% of the time. (well, 99.9% anyway - To view links or images in this forum your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
One mistake I see that is common among riders, is their lane-shift. Instinctively we want to ride as far away from the car as possible. But when we're lane shifted away from the car, they can't see us. If they can't see us, they can't avoid us. Overwhelming majority of drivers want to avoid wrecks. We're more likely to be seen when riding closer
to their mirror. That being said, I also pay special
attention to rapid lane changers. When they change lanes, we may not have adequate time to get out of the way. Another tip, I spend nearly all of my riding time in either the far left, or far right lane. That way I only have to worry about being seen by one lane, instead of two. Know where peoples' blind spots are and try to spend as little time as is reasonable traversing them.