Why must we be blamed?
I see this so much now. Bikers getting blamed for accidents. We are no longer seen as the "Rebel's" of the road we are seen as the antisocial, ignorant, ill educated aresholes of the road.
Instead of blaming riders for the fault of drivers ignorance and lack of skill, why not increase the practical and useful training of drivers. (and yes i know there are twats on bikes too)
I have never owned a car i have always had bikes.(i'm 33) Recently i have been learning to drive (god its awful). But i have to say that i am being taught bad habits already! I use shoulder checks on the bike as naturaly as breathing, It helps me carry on that particular habbit. Now i do this in the car to check and get told that i do not need to worry about what is behind me!!!!!!!!!! I should not be doing my shoulder checks! what about that car that might be there or that bike?
Another mind boggeling idea is that if my indicators have flashed at least 3 times then i can pull out in front of a car as they will have seen my indicator and should be prepared to break! Ummmmm really. but apparently this is acceptible behaviour, i had to make a driver anchor up as my instructor told me to "just pull out" now if this is what people are being taught at 17 what hope is there!
I would like to see Power related bands on cars as well as bikes. I would like to see laws in place like those in NZ. Police have the power to take your licence on the road side without having to go to court. look a few up you may think "Damn thats harsh" but a short think about it will make you think otherwise.
Now i speak from experiance in the last 10 months i have had 2 crashes wrighting both bikes off. and they were all the drivers fault. Not giving way on a roundabout and slamming into my side, one pulling out whilst only looking left! i ended up about 15ft away from her car surrounded by fluid and bits from the bike. both of these i was traveling under 30!!! And she did nothing wrong! According to her i just appeared! The fuck off big 98' Blade with lights on and a 6' chap on the back was to hard to spot! 17 newly passed and totaly oblivious!