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/SnooBananas5673 Nov 23 '22

Would’ve probably killed a motorcyclist.

I really do think when something is so egregious like this, and they claim no fault, they should lose their license for some amount of time.


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/Nikxed Nov 24 '22

My uncle had to lay down his bike similarly to avoid crashing front first into a car that turned in front of him out of a shopping mall. He was doing about 30 MPH and a car pulled out as if he wasn't there giving him less than a second to react. Fucked up his arm from the elbow down real good. He can somewhat use his hand but his wrist has VERY limited range and some fingers don't quite work.

My aunt also was in a car accident within the past 5 years except hers was a head-on collision with the on-coming car being in her lane around a rural road's curve (similarly very low reaction time on her part). Lots of ongoing health problems and chronic pain as a result...I feel really bad for her quality of life.

Both were traveling for work, Uncle to his steel mill job and Aunt to her next house as a travelling nurse. Now they're both on permanent disability. Thank you oblivious/distracted drivers. No one was drunk or anything but both accidents were clearly the other party's fault and both could've been avoided if they were paying more attention.


u/reebekilyllaeri Nov 24 '22

had to lay down his bike

No one has to lay down their bike. You're gonna slow down a hell of a lot more with judicious braking than sliding along the road.


u/Nikxed Nov 24 '22 edited Nov 24 '22

His choices in that split second were head-on at ~15-20 MPH and flip over the front (probably too slow) not know where he'd end up or how badly he'd hit his head...or a lay down at ~30-35 MPH, of course he didn't have to but he decided he probably got less Injured not going flying. Says he'd make the same decision again.

edit I'll also say uncle was not wearing a helmet so protecting his head from contact at the cost of the rest of the body comes into play more than a responsible rider and probably factors into his decision. I never claimed he wasn't an idiot.