What’s With Motorcyclists Today?

Nov 2, 2017 by

Motorcyclists need to stop looking for the chance to sue people. This seems to be a pattern right now in the motorcycling community. I don’t know where they are getting this whiny, demanding attitude, but it needs to stop. Right now.

For the second time in six months, I’ve had a motorcyclist threaten to sue me. This, all because they are running into my car.

The first time it happened because I stopped, not that suddenly, but with a little bit of force because the light turned red. I can’t change how quickly lights change in this town, and I was following the rules of the road. This motorcyclist ended up kissing my bumper. Really, it was more of a peck. All that happened was he touched the bumper and sort of fell forward, putting his hands on my trunk. I pulled off to the side of the road like I was supposed to, and this guy starts railing against me as a dangerous driver. Of course he was some young kid who thought he knew the world. I calmly explained that I had done nothing wrong. He didn’t want to hear it. Finally, I had to pay him a couple hundred dollars because he said I ruined his front tire. It looked fine to me, but whatever. I paid and moved on.

The second time, the motorcyclist again basically ran into me. I changed lanes on the highway while he was speeding up. This time, though, we did somewhat collide. He fell off his bike, which was scary, even though it was his fault. I pulled over again, and this driver absolutely insisted we call the cops and report the accident. He said he would contact a motorcycle lawyer over the incident.

This took an hour out of my life, and now apparently, he is going forward with his legal threat. I’ve got a ticket from the police and a stern talking to from them already, and now this lawsuit business.

I just don’t understand what these motorcyclists are up to these days. I never had a problem with them before, is there some change in the culture I don’t know about? Was there a big article in Motorcycle Weekly or something about marking out guys with nice cars for a good payday?

Whatever it is, it needs to stop. Motorcyclists need to learn the rules of the road and learn to drive more defensively. It’s on them to keep themselves safe. That’s not my responsibility.

In a way, I can’t wait for this issue to go forward. I can’t wait to see that motorcyclist’s silly face when he finds out just how wrong he has been. I hope he has to pay all his lawyer fees. Maybe he’ll have to sell his bike. Then he can buy a proper vehicle next time he’s got money, which won’t be for a good long while, I bet.

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