Young kid, had his wife and kid with him, they were trying to figure out where they were going so distracted. Sounds like maybe he's not the most attentive driver (he mentioned he'd had fender benders in the past)... and turning from the middle lane is not indicative of solid road skills. He was pretty shook up so I couldn't bring myself to be a dick about it... but my wife gave him shit.glad everyone is ok. was this guy texting or something else to distract? crossing another lane of traffic (without looking) to take a turn seems like a pretty big mistake. he could have killed someone.
Agree... the thing I'd add is that sometimes there's nothing you can do. If I'd been looking directly at the guy when he started his turn I might STILL have been collected... there was nowhere to go (car at the intersection, curb so I couldn't drive off the road, and him rapidly consuming my lane as he turned. I've had the same thing happen in cars with deer... last time I hit one he was running full speed down a driveway behind a row of trees, there was no way I could have seen him until he was on the side of the road and he jumped from the side of the road to maybe 20 feet in front of me. At 60mph I had just enough time to register that he was there before I hit him (no time to get on the brakes).Glad you are okay and we all can learn from this. Never assume, plenty of stupid and distracted drivers out there, prepare for the worst and hope for the best, always know where your escape paths are and always wear your gear! Everyone should know How, Where and What to look for when they are riding.
Everyone should also look into taking additional formal training. Whether its going to the track or taking an experience riding class offered locally in your area. I'm always looking to improve as a rider. And I ride everyday, I havent owned a car in almost two decades.
I ride my bikes on dirt quite a bit (not so much with the Multi since it takes so long to clean but my Tiger has knobbies on it and is on dirt every ride... and is not clean very often) so have ended up on the ground a fair number of times due to my own mistakes over the years on dirt (where I'm more of a risk taker)... but on the road with others I try to be more careful/defensive (especially in cities). I really do believe it's just a matter of luck and odds... every time I get on the bike I know there's a chance things could go sideways in a way that's beyond my control... but I'd not give it up even so (as long as I'm healthy enough to ride... and my Dad is over 80 and still rides so I can hope for that).1st crash involving another vehicle in 35 years of driving/riding, thats a number Im sure everyone will take. I'm in the same area, when I was like 20, some old lady ran a red light and broad sided me in my pick up. Im 56 years old. I've washed out on my bike a few times due to slick roads on my FZ6, but I have always been able to get up, pick up my bike and ride away because I always had full gear on. No road rash, just bruised. My Motoport Kevlar Air Mesh riding pants taking the brunt of the crash every time saving my legs.