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Mar 31st 2017, 08:18 PM   #1
 
  Jan 2016
  Gig Harbor

  BMW F650GS / BMW R12R
Rider injured due to unsecured load

I always try to be watchful for situations like this, but you never know, right? I hope the rider does OK.

Motorcyclist injured when plywood falls off truck near Silverdale
Mar 31st 2017, 09:03 PM   #2
 WheelJouster's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

Yeah, saw this on the news. It sounds like he'll survive. Also glad that the load dropper manned up and didn't try to run.


Yup. Sent frum my cell.
Mar 31st 2017, 10:08 PM   #3
 WheelJouster's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

Just saw an update... Non-life threatening injuries. Good! The guy that stopped wasn't the guy that lost the load.


Yup. Sent frum my cell.
Apr 1st 2017, 08:37 AM   #4
 Naza's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Rent'n

  2002 Honda RC51, 2005 Honda RC51
Yikes!

Many years ago on 405 in Bellevue, a piece of metal/hood/roof from a crushed car recycling truck flew off from the load and Frisbee(tm) towards my head from the right lane to HOV.

It was perfect timing and I had no evasive maneuver but to duck into a tuck and hope for the best. I could see the shadow of this massive piece of metal as it went over my head and into the Jersey barrier.

For days on end, I passed that piece of shit everyday on my commute as it littered the side of the road. In slow traffic, I could really examine the mangled metal jagged edges and knock on virtual wood.

Stay sharp out there.
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Apr 1st 2017, 11:08 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  The spunk-filled wanksock formerly known as Portland

  R1200ST, CB350
Approaching a stop light, and despite there being the same number of cars waiting in both lanes, I decide at the last moment to change lanes for some reason. 20 seconds later an SUV, presumably having just come from the Home Depot half a mile back, arrives in the lane I was just in, and braking causes the huge load of rain downpipes and gutters stupidly tied on his roof rack to all slide forward and plow into the pavement right next to me, right where I would have been. Maybe I spotted this guy in my rearview and subconsciously worked out what was going to happen...

The guy gets out cursing and starts trying to gather the stuff up. I yell at him that I'm real goddamn glad I wasn't in that lane. He doesn't look at me. I got no sympathy.
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Apr 1st 2017, 11:32 AM   #6
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Dragon
Quote:
Originally Posted by WarpShatner7
...t I'm real goddamn glad I wasn't in that lane. He doesn't look at me. I got no sympathy.
Anyone but me ever sort of creep up between cars to the front of the line so you don't have to leave your ass hanging out there and hope someone doesn't murder you because cellphone/cheeseburger/makeup/baby/momentary lapse of reason?

I know - illegal. I do it sometimes, especially if the guy up front has left a nice space in front of him.
Apr 1st 2017, 11:49 AM   #7
 WarpShatner7's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  The spunk-filled wanksock formerly known as Portland

  R1200ST, CB350
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
Anyone but me ever sort of creep up between cars to the front of the line so you don't have to leave your ass hanging out there and hope someone doesn't murder you because cellphone/cheeseburger/makeup/baby/momentary lapse of reason?

I know - illegal. ...
But y'know, it's textbook lanesplitting, right in line with what the proposed Oregon legislation is intended to allow, so let's hope. (Edit: I tell a lie, it'll only be permitted on roads with limits of 50mph or better. Forgot, sorry.)

One thing I try to remember to do is point the front tire at the gap between the cars or shoulder or median and watch the mirrors like a hawk. The two times I've been rear ended (in a car) at a light I actually saw it coming both times and could do nothing about it. One of the rare cases where a bike has a safety advantage because if you're on the ball you can deal with it by getting off the clutch and just nailing it into that gap.

The worst danger spots I know are freeway interchange ramps: line of sight can be very bad and people can be going freeway speeds when they suddenly encounter the trailing bumpers of a tailback on a curve. I-84 inbound to Portland on the ramp to I-5 and downtown is a constant example. When traffic is backed up on that ramp people don't see it and make the transition from 55+ to nothingMPH in time. I've seen several near misses and I nearly got creamed there once myself; fortunately I was well to the left of the lane and the screeching-far-too-late Nissan pickup behind me managed to jink right and miss me.

Edited by WarpShatner7 on Apr 1st 2017 at 11:56 AM
Apr 1st 2017, 12:22 PM   #8
 GPD323's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

^^^^^^^

I do all the time, I always have an escape route just in case. On the COG forum a guy hit a ladder on the highway after it came off a truck. He had no where to go except right over it. Blew both tires and bent both rims. Stayed up right.

If I am behind a truck of sorts that has stuff in the back or even on roof racks I immediately get out from behind them. You never know!
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Apr 1st 2017, 09:16 PM   #9
 307T's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Washington County

  H-D
Quote:
Originally Posted by Naza

Stay sharp out there.
Ironic last sentence considering your story
Apr 4th 2017, 07:45 AM   #10
 
  Jul 2016
  Clackamas

  2017 KLR650
Last summer I was headed out for an overnighter. Plastic bag from pickup flew out and right onto my shield. 65mph I205 - oh shit moment. Took a few pulls with gloves on but got it off.

Watch those truck beds.
Apr 4th 2017, 12:56 PM   #11
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Dragon
Driver now charged with assault with a vehicle.
He was DUI and on a suspended license.
Harley rider has head injuries. Novelty helmet?
Weird twist, to me, is the phrase "drug recognition expert."

(Googles the term)...Uber interesting. A "DRE" learns to "tell" whether someone is possibly or likely on some sort of drug, but does not tell what drug they are on, and the manual for the certification class ( http://www.wsp.wa.gov/breathtest/doc...ay_jan2011.pdf ) says a DRE is _not_ a substitute for a proper chemical analysis (breathalyzer). So maybe WSP thinks the driver was DUI but did not test him or could not test him or it wasn't alcohol and so there isn't a machine/chemical test. DUnno, I just find this part interesting.

Any policemen can say what's up with this and how DRE's are used 'round here?

Driver charged with vehicular assault after plywood flies off truck

Edited by Sentinel on Apr 4th 2017 at 01:04 PM
Apr 4th 2017, 03:39 PM   #12
 Scribbles's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  NW

I'm glad the driver did the right thing and stopped. I'll bet he was suspected of being a pot smoker. (typical stoner.. not securing a load and being totally oblivious to a suspended license)

You can be arrested for DUI for having allergies (bloodshot eyes), taking cold medication, or for no reason at all.
Apr 5th 2017, 05:53 AM   #13
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Dragon



THis is a freaking trend.
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