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Published on Nov 28, 2012
Driver's view was obstructed by the Chevy SUV. He saw no cars behind said SUV and decided that was when he was going to go. He went without double checking and almost caused an accident.
Driver was apologetic and clearly meant no harm. Most drivers get defensive when approached, this man was a gentleman and I thank him for it.
Ultimately this was the driver's fault, but I could have prevented it.
Where the driver failed:
* He should have paid closer attention to his surroundings. I understand his view was obstructed by the SUV, but he had plenty of time to see me. I'm wearing a bright jacket, and have multiple safety lights flashing at all times.
* He should have hit the brakes when I started hitting the horn. Instead he kept going.
Where the driver succeeded:
* He pulled over immediately and apologized.
How I could have prevented this from happening:
* I should have been more assertive before the intersection and taken the lane at the expense of everyone else's convenience. Vehicles ahead of me would pull away, and vehicles behind me would be stuck there, making me quite visible (This is proof that bright colors and 5 lights aren't always going to cut it).
Video Information: Shot with a helmet-mounted Contour ROAM at 1080p -- though some quality was lost in the video conversion and upload. I have to find a better way to edit these.