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That's why you always ride paranoid as hell.



There are two situations that scare me and there's not a lot that I can do to prepare.....a hit from behind and a blown truck tire.



Coming back to Houston from New Mexico, I was going pretty fast, passed a truck on the expressway and heard a BOOM! A 12" section of tire tread whizzed right past my face. Truck tires are like bombs! I don't ride next to 18 wheelers....ever!



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I've been working for the largest shipping company in the world since '96, driving tractor-trailer for them most of that time and this happens more than anyone would think. We have the best safety record in the industry and it still happens on our equipment a good bit, although most blowouts I've seen firsthand have been from owner-operators and smaller outfits that don't maintain their trucks as well as they should. Regardless, truck tires are holding 100 psi and do wear out and/or fail and the results can be catastrophic. One of the main things I taught both of my kids when they were learning to drive was, pass big trucks quickly and don't ride near or beside them. Not only because of the greater potential of equipment failure but also because of the demands put upon the drivers - they aren't always on their A game and may not see you or react quick enough should anything happen.

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Terrific advice Stray. Great to have your kids with this knowledge. I had always stayed well back from big trucks or other vehicles carying gear that could fall off. When it is clear, i go past them quick and get them well away from me.
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In the late 80s I was traveling on a highway and traffic was fairly heavy but we were all traveling at or above the speed limit. A few hundred yards ahead was a large tour bus and I suddenly saw a huge cloud of what looked like dust appear at the side of the bus as though there was an explosion. I saw cars behind the bus start swerving so I slowed down a little to put some distance between me and the car ahead of me. The car ahead swerved a little but still hit a huge hunk of retread and kicked it up into the air and I was headed right towards it. I dropped into a tuck just in time to have it pass over my head. Since that day I do my best to keep a good distance away from everyone as much as possible, especially trucks and buses... basically I ride as though everyone is either an idiot or out to get me.
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I had a drive tire on an International blow out about 5 years ago that sounded like a Claymore mine went off. Blew the mudflap off so violently (it was mounted to a bar, welded to the frame of the truck) that I could not find it anywhere. Fortunately, it was on the passenger side of the vehicle and I was in the right lane so no cars were affected. I've had around 8 or 10 tires blow out over my career and about half of them made a very loud bang, letting me know right away that I was dispersing rubber everywhere and needed to stop. The others are more subtle and you only know from checking your mirrors frequently that you've got an issue. I see plenty of other commercial drivers that are oblivious to the situation and just keep driving. Even have let a few know over the CB and they choose not to stop and have it repaired, which I find unbelievable because it can lead to the remnants of 1st blown tire causing damage to the tire next to it - once that one goes, things get ugly...
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One could certainly say that she deliberately caused this incident. I'd talk to a lawyer, before I said anything to her insurance company.
Here in California we have so many motorcycle attorneys that they advertise. Talk to one and not her insurance company until they serve you with paperwork. Costs you nothing for a consultation.
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Glad to hear you are okay. Thats the most important thing. Also, i'd see a motorcycle lawyer and see if you have a case. Lastly.. I keep extra distance behind me when I can, its always good insurance.

Since everyone is sharing things to look out for.. i almost got creamed by a truck's cargo that was not tied down. If i see a bunch of crap in the back of a truck up ahead, i move out of the way.. Always assume its not tied down or tied down properly.

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