Motorcyclilst killed, CHP officer 'shaken up' in separate accidents Monday on I-580
Original post made on Apr 21, 2009
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on Apr 21, 2009 at 12:06 pm
Both motorcycle accidents with Big Rigs....Sorry to hear that one cyclist did not survive. Cars let alone Large trucks don't always view motorcycles very easily when on the road and changing lanes. It is risky when you drive motorcycles or scooters on the roadways. On the other hand cyclists have a tendency to take chances and dart in and out and around traffic so quickly that other motorists don't have a chance to avoid hitting one when they change lanes. I think we all cyclists and motor vehicles alike need to use this as an example to try to be more careful, because our judgement calls good or bad can take precious lives. My condolences to the family of the cyclist who lost his life. I've driven a scooter for years and have had lots of close calls, even by just riding on the local streets at 35 mph.
on Apr 21, 2009 at 9:44 pm
I agree that some cyclists don't drive as cautiously as they should. Nobody is driving safe these days. People just don't drive safe these days. If the speed limit is 10, they go 20, if it's 70, people are flying by me going 90. I was driving on 580 heading East, after this accident happened. Traffic was slow, while motorcycle after motorcycle flew by in between cars/lanes. I don't think that this particluar accident was the fault of the cyclist. As we approached the scene, the Big Rig was inbetween the off ramp (going to 205/I-5) and 580, right at the exit. It was almost as if he was taking the exit, then darted back into 580. We encounter dangerous trucks all the time, especially on 205/I-5. They drive faster than they are supposed to, and change lanes unpredictably. Most of the time it's to either pass another truck/car or someone is murging onto the freeway and instead of adjusting their speed, they cut over to the next lane. This was a very trajic accident, and I had never seen such a thing. It was heart-wrenching and made me sick to my stomach. All we could do was pray for the family of the cyclist as we drove by. We are still thinking of them and praying for them.
on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:47 am
Just yesterday I was on 680 in the fast land. It was 9:15 a.m. and the traffic was stop and go then as it got going again at normal speed it began to slow again. I began slowing too and all of a sudden it stopped short. I slammed on my brakes and was stopping in time and rolling to a slow when I glanced in my rear view mirror and saw a small green car coming at top speed and I started pulling to the shoulder to the left. A quick Side view mirror glance showed me that the car Just Missed me and I relaxed then was hit square in the back by another vehicle, a van. Dazzed and dizzy but grateful I wan not another fatality. Once you are in an accident you appreciate surviving it but I was very irritated that not one other vehicle stopped to see if we were OK.... People are just in TOO much a rush these days! Time to slow down and smell the Flowers. I fear for my children who are about to get their drivers licenses.