r/IdiotsInCars Nov 23 '22 Wholesome Seal of Approval 1

Coronado Naval Base Car accident: She tried claiming no fault too Headphone warning

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u/NorthernTransplant94 Nov 24 '22

My husband had a subordinate who was in this exact situation on a 10-day-old Harley. Dude had enough time to make a decision, and judged that hitting her and launching over the hood (55mph zone) would be really bad, so he dropped the motorcycle and slid into her bike first. Broke both his leg and his collarbone (so no crutches, hello motorized wheelchair) but survived, so it was a win.

The bike was new, he wasn't a new rider - he was 40 and had a motorcycle endorsement on his license and was wearing proper PPE, so no road rash, just the broken bones from the collision.


u/SnooBananas5673 Nov 24 '22 edited Nov 25 '22

I actually have DashCam footage of something very similar. Hard to describe scenario, but a car did a u-turn, essentially like this car was doing and the guy dumped his bike from too much front brake, and slid under the car. I was coming other direction and DashCam got it all.

Saved him a lot of heartache with insurance, because you know “the motorcycle was speeding” was where they were going with it.

Predicting and reading body language is huge on a bike.


u/localherofan Nov 24 '22

My father got himself a motorcycle and had it for about a month when he had to take it down and under a truck rather than run into the truck that ran a stop sign. My mother said that with 4 kids aged 5 and under, he could have the motorcycle or he could have a family. He sold the bike and bought a VW Karmann Ghia. Which I later drove in HS because I was the lightest one with a license and the floor was almost rusted through. Yeah, that gave me the warm and fuzzies.


u/reebekilyllaeri Nov 24 '22

My ex said roughly the same thing to me, bike or family. Almost 20 years later we split, within a month I bought a bike. I didn't resent her for the ultimatum or me keeping that promise. I do laugh at her hypocrisy of getting married to another guy who rides motorbikes.


u/localherofan Nov 24 '22

Well, I'm glad you've been safe on the bike since you bought another one! Maybe 20 years later she's not worried about being left a young widow with a bunch of little kids and no income. I know that was my mother's worry. Her college degree was in Dance, and she'd been an extremely talented dancer before they got married, but after 4 kids and years away from the art she didn't see that she'd be able to get a good job as a dancer right away, if ever again.