Student Driver Backs Up Over Motorcycle As Owner Watches In Dismay

Student Driver Backs Up Over Motorcycle As Owner Watches In Dismay
Student Driver Backs Up Over Motorcycle As Owner Watches In Dismay /

For Reddit user and motorcycle owner x_ing, it was a nightmare that turned from bad to worse. According to the official thread on Reddit where the story broke earlier yesterday (June. 8, 2015) x_ing watched in disbelief as a student driver in a Toyota Rav 4 backed over the front wheel of his motorcycle, paused, then continued to finish off the job by driving over his whole front clip and entire bike oblivious to what he was doing. The video of the entire ordeal was caught on the Go Pro camera attached to x_ing’s helmet, catching the entire incident as it went down. Check out the video below!

It seemed like the accident was all but avoidable if the driver had checked all his blind spots before proceeding to reverse from the middle of the intersection back to his lane. Although the driver may have been inexperienced, most permitted drivers are fresh out of a drivers ed course and are super vigilant to their surroundings as they prepare for their drivers license test. This was not the case in this particular situation.

Many of the commentators on Reddit lambasted x_ing for not jumping or moving his bike quick enough to avoid an accident. To clear any misconceptions, x_ing himself responded in the thread with his own poignant explanation.

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"Ok boys and gals. I am the actual rider in the video and will once and for all dissolve all speculations and such that to my amazement have come up so far.We both started slowing down when the light turned orange. The red SUV ended up in the middle of the intersection. Cars seen on the right started turning left, one car actually made it in front of the stalled/frozen driver. The car then proceeded to back up – IN THE LEFT LANE – i was aware about its presence all the time. And yes I was in the 1st with the clutch in as can be seen on video (anyone see the Neutral light?). As some have pointed out, only have I noticed it changing directions a couple of seconds before impact. Yes, a rider with tens of years of experience MAY HAVE been able to sprint to the right (risking clipping the car and being at fault for running a red light into potentially left turning traffic, as the light for the oncoming lane was changing to a left turn go), but given the circumstances… the horn wouldn’t have done squat. Again, we’re talking seconds. Disbelief that the car was going to back into me was up there. I was in the dominant position for my lane (left half of the lane, where cars in the left lane have the best chance of seeing you in their mirror), watching the driver… but again… how often do you guys assume that a car will decide to reverse into your lane from a different one and floor it?The video ends where it does because there is absolutely nothing exciting happening afterwards. The two occupants get out, we exchange remarks, and then i take the helmet off and turn off the camera. No swearing or yelling. The adrenaline pumping through my system was so high, I was kinda happy to not be under the car. The car was resting on the bike, they had to lift it to get the bike from underneath.Yes please, all those that could’ve avoided this – I salute you and your superhuman reactions. I’m just human and did the best I could when I realized what was going to happen to get my sorry ass out of the way.The aftermath… if I can figure out how to post pictures here I will. The driver got a ticket as it is illegal to back out of an intersection (or something thereof) and yes, because they are on a learner’s permit (can only drive supervised), they may have very high insurance premiums. And as far as the bike – it will be looked at by an insurance adjuster on Monday where I will find out what happens next."

It seems like a really bad situation for both parties involved. Thankfully x_ing had his camera running to make sure that any deviations from the truth are all but nullified by his video evidence. X_ing’s story serves as a reminder for all us drivers not to take our blind spots for granted and to look everywhere before making a calculated risky maneuver.