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    Senior Member Dennis M's Avatar
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    +1 on getting a lawyer, even if your health insurance pays for everything, in cases of an accident they will come back and try to get reimbursed from the at fault driver. You want a Lawyer looking out for YOUR interests.
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    Senior Member Down and out for a while. davidc83's Avatar
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    Techrat's location states he is in Illinois. When I was stationed at Scott AFB in Illinois during the 80s, Illinois was an at fault state-meaning the responding police office makes the call who is at fault and tickets accordingly or places in the record who the police officer believes was at fault. Don't know if that is still the case or not.
    Remember guys, your turn signals does NOT give you the right of way-period. They are only legally required to use communication devices. When changing lanes, the vehicle occupying their lane does NOT have to give up their right a way. Only one state in the country allows lane splitting or lane sharing between car and a bike (California); all other states, the vehicle operating in the lane has a right of way-different states determine this differently.

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    Senior Member Hank's Avatar
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    The first thing a lawyer will tell you is to delete your posts and say nothing more about it on line.]

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidc83 View Post
    Don't know if that is still the case or not.
    An attorney that passed the Illinois Bar Exam and specializes in motor vehicle injury cases probably does know.

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    Good luck on getting an attorney on this type of case...........

    Lane change by the motorcycle into the car's travel path.
    Minor injury covered by insurance.
    Low cost bike covered by insurance.

    Then remember you have to pay the insurance money back if you recover one nickel after that there’s nothing for the attorney to get excited about.
    There a monthly article written by a well known injury attorney in Motorcycle Consumer News. Pretty sure there is a past article on this exact topic and accident scenario . He knows the system both legal and insurance and explains it in real terms and pragmatic. That’s where my good luck comment is coming from.

    Also becareful what you ask.......the car driver might be thinking the same thing.......aBIG pay day from the motorcycle insurance coverage.
    Last edited by showkey; 12th June 2018 at 14:39.

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    Glad to hear you weren't more seriously injured. .....never trust mirrors.

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    Junior Member Sonny's Avatar
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    We all have to learn to deal with aggressive cagers... the phenomenon is not going to end. Riding in DFW you must expect well over half of drivers to floor it to cut you off the minute you activate a turn signal or make a head movement indicating you are going to change lanes. If you don't have room to make your change, you don't do it. The shoulder check, or "life saver" as the Brits call it, must be the last thing you do before making the move -- looking directly into the space you are about to occupy.

    I believe the reason people show antisocial, even sociopathic behavior behind the wheel is the same reason otherwise decent people become rude, hostile internet trolls: it's the anonymity of being in traffic or being online. It is not a personal eye-contact encounter. You are not a person to the aggressive driver, you are a symbol of a person. That plus, a cager has a feeling of power and safety around a motorcycle. Someone who feels disempowered, say at work or at home, is going to try to make up for it behind the wheel. And it's your butt on the line, not theirs.

    In a world like this, doing exactly what you want to do is not first and foremost. What comes first is, employing understanding and strategy to avoid falling victim to a stranger's thoughtless personal bulls**t.
    Last edited by Sonny; 22nd June 2018 at 09:19.

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