In most states, the law is that in a lane-change type accident or rear-end collision, if you impact the vehicle behind the "B pillar" (back of the driver's door) you are at fault.I'm not sure that's what the law is though...it'd be interesting to see what the US justice system would have to say about this incident.
Watching it again I would have to agree with you that the rider was probably in the far right lane - I just cant figure out why his trajectory stays stright from the moment he gets in frame till impact unless he had target fixation on the car...Not enough video to conclude but I after viewing it a few times, it appears the rider was moving with the same rate of speed as the others. Therefore, either everyone was speeding or they were all driving the limit. Also, there was only one car ahead of the rider which passed the driver making the right turn before they made the turn. It, IMO, appeared the rider provided enough distance between himself and the car ahead.
By the way the rider hit the the left rear side of the car, which was close to the line separating the two right lanes, my guess is the rider was in the far right lane and tried to move to the left as the idiot driver was moving right.
IMO, I don't blame the rider. a car could have just as easily hit the driver turning right but it happened to be a bike. I blame the driver for trying to make a right turn from the third lane of a four lane road. That's just plain idiocy.
I'm with Rich on this one. When I'm on the road it's: 2 second "Immediate Zone", 6 second "Anticipate Zone" and 12 second "Riding Zone". Notice that the rider didn't even try to stop when he made impact (no skid mark or smoke from the rear tire).90% biker's fault.
He was not looking far enough ahead and anticipating that might be happening. MSF 101... Rider-Radar.... You have to look well ahead of where you are.
Time it.... it was 5 seconds from the time the cage first crossed his own lane marking until impact.
Good point. My guess, trying to put myself into that situation, would be fear of going down or sliding and/or losing a leg opposed to taking it head on or maybe getting clipped by the corner of the car. But who knows, many thoughts go through in a second.Watching it again I would have to agree with you that the rider was probably in the far right lane - I just cant figure out why his trajectory stays stright from the moment he gets in frame till impact unless he had target fixation on the car...
Only when you take into account that Rich counted five seconds between the start of the lane changing and the rider making impact is when jonl is correct. If the rider was looking/paying attention to the riding zones, he would've at least tried to stop. I don't think that the typical rider (me included) would have the presence of mind to swerve out of the way al a "Trinity" from The Matrix. I probably would've hit the car also, but I would've been squeezing the brakes like a mo-fo.Then by that account, all drivers who make bonehead moves are never or rarely at fault. It is us riders who are at fault for not being 100% attentive.