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If they can't see a big ass door opened up in front of them, they ain't gonna see a motorcycle either.
I'm parked at a gas station in my truck. I open the door, turn to pull the key out and Bam!
Some dumbass staring at his phone walks (plows) right into my open door.
It's not necessarily they don't see you. It's more that they believe they are the only ones on the road.
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When I used to ride back and forth to work, on a daily basis, I found that varying my route helped take the focus off of the "point A to point B" rhythm. I live about 8 miles from where I used to work and 6-7 miles is interstate. I have almost been hit, run-off and cut-off in the same spots, no matter what I did to get attention, that I lost count. So I switched it up and found that riding thru the city instead of taking the interstate may have added a few more minutes to my commute, but there were a lot less "close calls" and more scenery and points of interest to enjoy. Then I didn't feel so bad about not taking the bike anywhere, on my days off.
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There is no easy answer but to stay alert at all times everywhere you ride.

Once on my bike stopped on a 4 lane road waiting to take a left with my turn signal on, some dude in a 4x4 never touches the brake and squalls tires while jerking the wheels toward the clear right lane beside me.
He'd probably have killed me as he was seemingly doing 45 or better (limit) looking at his phone.

All this near death talk....but it is reality!
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A real treat is a driver coming head on, in a blind corner, in your lane, while they’re texting.
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When I used to ride back and forth to work, on a daily basis, I found that varying my route helped take the focus off of the "point A to point B" rhythm. I live about 8 miles from where I used to work and 6-7 miles is interstate. I have almost been hit, run-off and cut-off in the same spots, no matter what I did to get attention, that I lost count. So I switched it up and found that riding thru the city instead of taking the interstate may have added a few more minutes to my commute, but there were a lot less "close calls" and more scenery and points of interest to enjoy. Then I didn't feel so bad about not taking the bike anywhere, on my days off.

my commute is about the same. I've thought about the surface streets but it's an extra 10 minutes with congestion about as bad as the freeway. I may start doing it though.
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I agree. It annoys me to no end all the laws and regulations that have been put in place to limit or remove personal responsibility from the individual.
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A real treat is a driver coming head on, in a blind corner, in your lane, while they’re texting.
My only fear about riding in the country. Especially around Dallas where drivers tend to cut corners even when they are driving 5 mph.
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Amarillo here. I’m 56 been riding since I was 14. Got the ticket for riding without a license to prove it . Never had a wreck (off the dirt). I’m sure you’re a defensive rider like all of us here. I’m with ya on every point. It IS more dangerous out there! Lost a friend and colleague to a distracted driver in Borger last spring. The reaction l get most is a shrug. Although I did get a gun pulled on me this summer by a guy in a sports car who tailed me down I-40 at 75mph. (A whole nother thread) My best guess is 1)drug addled 2) distracted 3) self entitlement (guy with the gun). I heard a motorcycle cop telling a story about a lady making eye contact with him then pulling in front of him. He pulled her over and asked if she saw him (yes) why she went ahead and pulled into his path. She said she didn’t sense any fear. Odd answer to say the least but it fits my narrative (comfortably numb). I too get my rides in, to, from, and during work. My family situation no longer allows for long sunset putts, which I miss. Great sunsets here in West Texas!
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. I heard a motorcycle cop telling a story about a lady making eye contact with him then pulling in front of him. He pulled her over and asked if she saw him (yes) why she went ahead and pulled into his path. She said she didn’t sense any fear.
This has happened to me too. I think they aren’t scared of a collision with a motorcycle because it’s small.
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I think I've already mentioned this on here on at least one or two threads, but in the end people pull in front of/cut-off, etc. my Suburban, Mustang, etc. just as much as my motorcycles. A few weeks ago, headed back from Memphis, in the Suburban, a Georgia Sheriff's car almost pulled in front of me, then pulled out right behind me in front of my daughter (Jeep Cherokee Sport) a couple of car lengths behind me, she almost hit him, I had to go to my left in the oncoming lane to avoid the nose of his car, good thing nothing was coming, no traffic on a rural highway. People are in too big of a hurry, distracted and just figure you need to stop for them. It's just worse on a motorcycle at times. People pull out in front of semis, too, all you can do is stay vigilant and be as conspicuous as possible, but in the end, presume nobody sees you, on a bike or in a car, truck, etc.

They need tougher penalties for negligent drivers, just look at the guy that took out the Marine vet bikers in New Hampshire, the guy should not have been driving.

A few months ago, some young gal was in the left lane going slow, texting, blocking traffic, weaving, etc. cop just works his way through traffic, gets around her and keeps on going, nothing going to slow him down getting to the donut shop. I've seen cops weaving all over the road texting and playing on those laptops, etc. Nothing will change until the courts and DMVs start doing their jobs.

I'm not going to stop riding, though!
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