the stock excuse for pulling out in front of bikes is either, they were going too fast or I didnt see them.
Everyone says it when involved in an accident with a bike, it does not mean that this is the truth.
My headlight is on all of the time so no vest is going to make me more visible from the front, I could be sitting bollock naked and they wouldnt see due to the bright light in front of me.
The terrible truth is there are a high percentage of people who have to push or be near to the front in a queue, they have to get out of a junction as quickly as possible so not matter what vehicle is coming, they will get out in to the small space even if there is nothing behind the next vehicle coming where it would be totally safe to exit with no risk, this is in their nature.
To these people it doesnt matter if it is a motorcyclist or an artic out they go. When it is a motorcyclist the rider comes off worse, when it is a truck the truck driver gets in to trouble, hopefully the driver gets squashed enough not to get out and injure someone else.
There are also a growing amount of people on the roads which have entertainment going on in their cars as if it was a playroom, toys flying about, dvd players, drivers passing things back on the move to children in childrens seats etc. It is amazing to watch if following these people on a bike where you can see right in to their car, how they wander about on the road manage to make corners etc, I marvel at how they stay on the road.
The Police do not target these people and all they have to do is get a camera on to a junction and watch people's antics then pull them over warn them and show them the video and threaten prosection next time they do it, but they will not.
The same people who cut you up while walking in the shopping malls and push in front of you at the Post Office, takeway, shop or bar queue act exactly the same way in their cars then simply make an excuse the same way they make an excuse for pushing in, they are lies we all know they are, in an accident pushing in it is no different.
Cyclists, pedestrians and wildlife get the same terrible treatment from these people. Somehow it is accepted in society, as are the people who drive on to a main artery of the highways and drive slowly and sight see creating a moving obstacle for everyone else to get round.
It needs sorting as it is not acceptable behaviour, people lose limbs and lives through these peoples behaviour, they may well be shaken up and sorry afterwards but afterwards is no good.
If a load of these people we officially warned then on second offences prosecuted then their driving would be modified and improved, if no-one but other angry motorists tell them they may never change.