Re: Motorcycle accident in front of Toyota Ortigas (C5)
This sort of thing happens so easily.
Yesterday, I was driving up the hill towards Valencia from Dumaguete in my wife's Terrano.
School was out and the road was busy, with kids crossing, trikes buzzing around and mcs wizzing up and down and so I was driving slowly.
Suddenly the trike that I was following up the hill, already full to the brim, anchored up in front of me, hoping to pick up another bunch of kids.
I braked and instinctively pulled towards the centre of the road to avoid it (more concerned about the kids on board than the trike, to be honest).
A brand new moped, with a pony-tailed young expat on board (no safety gear of course), skimmed past my offside mirror. We were lucky not to have collided with each other.
Had I seen him? No.
Had I looked before changing direction? No.
Was he signalling to go past me? No.
Should he have been overtaking me in the circumstances? No.
Would it have helped if he had signalled and had his lights on in the daylight? Yes, as the signal light and headlight would have made him more visible in my mirrors, prior to the incident.
Had we had an accident, it would have been difficult to apportion blame but I am not trying to get off the hook, either.
He who dares normally wins a trip to the ER