SMITTY wrote:I don't believe that one bit. Every accident is preventable - you got to be alert 100% of the time - no if, and's or but's about it.
I've been riding dirtbikes for 30 years, and street for 25. Only had one crash, and I can tell you exactly why it happened.
#1, I was hungover, and shouldn't have been out there to begin with - I gave into peer pressure. #2, I was LONG overdue on a front tire. Shouldn't have even gone out on that tire, let alone race around at the speeds we were hitting that day. My experience riding saved my life that day - could've been MUCH worse.
Glad your being 100% alert is working for you. There are some "buts" however. Believe it or not, being 100% alert doesn't mean getting to control, or avoid, everything that can go wrong on the roads.
Up until three years ago one of my friends sounded just like you. Riding for years and avoided problems. Thought he'd always have total situational control while riding. That is, until a deer leapt out of road-side brush at full speed and suddenly landed on the front of his bike while he was doing about 55. He survived, but now he knows not all accidents are preventable no matter how alert.
With my brother's bike accident, it was a loose filler piece next to the rails at a railroad crossing that bounced up between the front wheel and frame. With the stepson it was a ride on the first nice spring day and winter frost heave damage had loosened small pieces of the roadway that gave out as he leaned into the turn.
I've been in three accidents over the years. For all three I was stopped and couldn't do a thing to prevent someone else not being 100% alert. I was lucky that I was either in cars or a truck at the time. Had I been on a bike I doubt I would have survived any of those three.
Again, I'm sorry for your loss of your friend.