ben2talk

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  1. Most of the accidents we see with bikes are due to insufficient levels of care and attention. Of the numbers involved, helmets might help a very small percentage. I didn't say I never came off the bike. I had a taxi turn right in front of me from the 3rd lane, I hit it at almost 90 degrees - the box-aluminium frame of the bike didn't only crack, it completely broke and separated. I did crack a collar-bone but luckily it wasn't dislodged. My head didn't touch anything - but with that style of bike (this was the end of my CBR400 - the payout from which helped me pick up an older 1992 GSX-R750) I would never have dreamed of going out without a full faced helmet. Fully necessary for any biking over maybe 60km/h if not only to stop the wind blasting your eyes and pulling your hair. I once failed to manage a situation approaching a junction where one car decided to stop in lane 3 of 4 on a green light - no signals, just didn't wanna go to the right hand lane to wait for the turn light. I got boxed in, and the road was very smooth - I hit that (rear corner)braking from 80-90 maybe at about 50 to 60km/h... More of a glancing blow than the taxi, and no physical pain. But the reason for the accident is that I wanted to get home early... unlike the taxi, this scared me more because it wasn't so much a 'freak' accident as something I should have seen coming (as most are). The taxi hurt - I needed traction to relieve pressure on a nerve in my spine for a while afterwards. For 3 months I had strange 'ghost' pain from my left shoulder to the tip of my middle finger - like a hotwire connected to a battery that was going to burn it's way out... but no amount of safety gear or helmet would make any difference to any of my personal accidents. The most interesting was one in soi38 Ladprao at 7:50am - I passed a line of 3 cars (stationary waiting for the lead car to make a right turn) noting a line of cars approaching them on the opposite side of the road. I was maybe between 40-60 km/h and saw a woman on the right kerb with 2 bags of shopping ready to cross. I started to brake and she started to run. I stopped with my back wheel off the ground, and as it sat down I remember seeing her hand with a bag of oranges grab my mirror, and she basically tripped and fell over my front wheel. I was banned from leaving the country for 2 years waiting for that to go to court - ended up paying about 40,000 on top of the insurance (50,000) and got fined 4000 baht. This is where I got experience of the variation in rules from main roads, highways and soi's (where stationary cars are liable). The fact is that when you crash, you're pretty much 100% vulnerable and reliant on some level of adrenaline fuelled judgement or reaction to evade or somehow improve the situation. There are many reasons for accidents, the main one is misjudging how situations can change and/or escape plans can change when judging your speed. Safety gear can help - but I find that people thinking that way tend to die easier. I attended to 36 funerals in England... more than half were wearing very expensive gear and riding bikes that were in much better condition than mine ever was. The main emotion I ever remember from my more eventful moments could be described as an utter loss of face, humiliation, fear - not really aided much by any ideas of 'mitigating' circumstances (left turn from lane 3 with no signal - crazy). I still let him do that to me (and his passenger - left sitting in a taxi with 5 windows smashed in). Getting caught out by trash on the road surface is ridiculous to me - similarly people who ride into holes in the street... and always anyone who blames anybody except themselves for putting themselves into that situation where a taxi CAN take you out accidentally or otherwise...
  2. Yes, but she's not doing it to be 'smart'. This is partly the 2 wheel bias I mentioned before. In the car I must stop when exiting and also entering my moo bahn, but on the bike I just go... no checks nobody cares.
  3. I hate to disappoint you. I never even scratched a helmet. Helmets offer 'potential' benefits for 'potential' circumstances. They also offer dangers. Wearing Thai helmets is not helpful in most respects, except for sun-protection/visor and police. It's about HOW you ride, not what you wear. I also never wear boots or leather jeans or jackets... So yes, great to escape traffic laws and ride however I like and have more than enough skill to survive and enjoy it. This guy obviously didn't, so in his case it's bad news - and focus on the need to proceed with enough caution to get out of trouble. Don't start looking at HIM and generalising about 'people on bikes'.
  4. ROFL - there are car accidents too. And taxis crash. Actually this isn't a 'motorbike' accident... just a shopping bike/scooter, not the same animal. These machines are excellent if treated like shopping bikes. This guy made a mistake and killed himself. If he does that with a car he'll probably kill you.
  5. I don't highly rate the safety aspect of the helmets I can afford here - and I don't worry much about protecting against hard knocks. In the afternoon, it can be much hotter and wetter inside a full-face (more sweat) and I find they get pretty stinky after 6 months... they're also bigger and less practical if you want to throw it under your seat, and heavier if you try to carry it on your elbow. Also, with a scooter, I'm mostly doing 0-90 and occasionally FAST cruising at 100-110. It's very rare that I get more than 60km/h on any roads where the traffic isn't all going the same way (like Bangna-Trad). This is scootering, not motorcycling country. Wearing an open face helmet helps me remember this, and encourages me to ride accordingly. Perhaps experience (1979-2017) has helped me be safer being more aware of my personal risk areas (not so much observation, more about confidence and speed). With my GSX-R I rode faster - even in the city it's very easy to thrust up to 240km/h just going over a bridge - and so I thought more about the consequences... but the truth is that when accidents happened, they ended up being very minor. If they're not minor then the helmet isn't likely to make much difference anyway - but I wouldn't like to be wearing an open-face on a fast bike (anyone here put their head up above the screen travelling between 250-300km/h?) With a GSX-R in the rain, you can keep your speed up 120 and twist your head to blow the water off the visor. This doesn't work on a scooter... I find the open face gives me better ability to ride in the rain - the visor is very long, and if I angle it 45 degrees I can get a clear view (not through the plastic) of the road ahead, the front edge of the visor being a good 8" in front. With the full face, it's mostly an option to have it either open or closed... not important if you're not worried about what happens when it rains (most folks just stop... I rarely ever do). Very personal decision - I initially bought this helmet with a view that I could simply add a full-face when I could find one that fits properly.. and I never bothered. Instead, I bought two spare visors for this one (79 baht each).
  6. So he was driving his car across the pavement which negates every defence except being stationary in the event of an accident. There has been a fairly recent shift in the U.K. with regards to cycling on the pavement - and it makes more sense to me to classify 'cyclists' more as 'pedestrians with wheels' than vehicles. This isn't quite the same as exiting a gateway onto the road. Something you're unlikely to see in the U.K. where there is no buffer between the gate and the roadway - similarly in some roads I travel on the way to my boy's school, the road is too narrow to fit more than one car - they must straddle the drains to pass side by side. People extend the building of their houses to encompass every inch of private ground, and often a few inches more than that (assuming your property rights extend right up to the road edge, or at least the concrete utility poles...)
  7. Wherever traffic is controlled, the distinction is usually drawn between 'motor vehicles' which can use motorways - these are generally controlled at gated entrances to villages also - so that anything smaller than a motor car is not monitored or considered important. Only recently has 'Central' started to recognise a difference between 'powered bicycle' and 'motorcycle' by banning any bikes over 150cc - you'll find 300cc bikes now expected to pay 30 baht and be forced to park in 'superbike' slots. There's a difference between law and perception. Police on the road often enforce 'perception' rather than law. Thai's regard motorcycles to be slow, unsafe vehicles like bicycles but not like pickup trucks. You need to get confirmation from Crossly about the road outside his house. I do not believe that Highways have driveways opening on them... Remember that cyclists and pedestrians have no legal protection on the highway unless on a properly marked crossing.
  8. Okay, looked for it and can't find anywhere to read it.... except 'ThaiLaws.com' where it says: Title 10 Bicyles Section 79 - Section 84 -
  9. It's irrelevant. Cyclists and Pedestrians are the same thing - they can't be wrong UNLESS you're on a highway.
  10. I certainly need a regular injection - CBEEBIES is essential, along with a few other bits n bobs - but I go for downloading through a private tracker (TVC) - use RSS to grab regular stuff. I prefer to keep the cost down to monthly internet and a little extra storage in my CoolerMaster box - the beauty being that, once it's down, it's available on every device in the house for as long as it's not deleted...
  11. 'I'm sure' translates to 'I'm making a wild guess as I don't have a clue' right? I don't think insurance pays compensation... though I don't have so much experience with car insurance problems. I think that would entail a separate negotiation... My insurance paid hospital and medical fees up to a point, and vehicle repairs. There are very separate processes for damage repairs, criminal case (if you actually did do something wrong, the police might put you in court for a fine of a few thousand for negligence or something...), and the civil case - whereby you might be expected to give her a month or two salary compensation. Take it easy, but don't be surprised. Lawyers were actually telling me it's actually normal that after I settle with her and pay her medical bills that she could then claim again through the courts in a civil action effectively making me pay twice... that wasn't the case, but you can't put too much faith in anything you hear before it happens - from any sources!
  12. Interesting how it all becomes a big official event very quickly. If it were me, I'd be wanting to get on my way - so she needed treatment at the hospital? Fixing the bike would have cost you more than 500 baht? If your insurance is paying, then they obviously decided that you're at fault. I find this now a rather unpleasant turn of events - an archaic system that means pedestrians and cyclists are never wrong, never need their eyesight testing. I'm also pretty confident that they didn't breathalyse you. This is interesting as another behaviour which reinforces the attitude that 'it's ok to have a drink, don't worry - they don't care'.
  13. It is actually a very good plan, as a pedestrian or cyclist, to face oncoming traffic. It is more difficult to see traffic coming up behind you. Obviously, if this is a deliberate plan you will not ride into a car which is coming out in front of you. She is doing something which I do whenever I filled up with petrol near to mega, I double back, and ride along the side of the road against the traffic. The difference, even though I am on a scooter (but would do the same on a zx10), I behave like a pedestrian when coming to junctions, especially when cars are emerging - it is obvious that they probably will not look where they are going, they will be looking for traffic on the road. I put the blame 100% on her, but then I am not the law here. I enjoyed two years under the courts, awaiting my case to come up, when I stopped and had somebody run into me and fall down and broke her hip! So come on, OP, what is the current state of affairs? Sent from my nose.
  14. No, the rule is that you should go straight over her, then reverse and finish the job! Crossly is just too soft for this game
  15. When it's CAR vs PEDESTRIAN then you're always wrong unless it's a main road. I stopped in a soi and had a woman running across the road crash into me, and fall down in front of my bike... and I was liable. I'm not sure if bicycles are classed as pedestrians. If so, then it's entirely down to the type of road. Even if you're parked, then you are liable.