this is bit fraudy because I was in my van, but I am trying for the life of me to work out what happened, & thanking the stars above that the poor chap in front seems to be OK.
I was in a 40 on a road that's not unfamiliar coming into town with bike in front of me, 2 cars in front of him & a bus. Well we all know what buses do so I was waiting for this & sure enough there's the stop, bus indicates, we all slow & I've my foot on the brake pedal. There are 2 side junctions left & right. Nothing of concern in the right, but to the left junction was a a bike with hi Viz textile on & I was, I think, observing that to see if they were waiting to turn right out if it or left. This is I think where it all went wrong. Because eyes back forward & fuck, they've all stopped. Brake & kabang. I didn't have enough distance to wrench to the right. What I didn't clock was the keep left bollard, which meant that the traffic couldn't drive round the bus. Well the cars couldn't...
Three things from this:
1 WTF was I even looking at the bike at the junction? There wasn't a gap for it to emerge regardless of which was it might have been turning.
2 Failed to clock the implication of the bollard directly opposite a bus stop
3 Going down the road in bikes only mode. I've been caught out like this before
And possibly of significance just had a right ding dong with the GF & was going out to really have a walk by myself round the park & clear my head. Not sure about that-I knew it was an impacter the second I went eyes forward. Just enough time to think 'oh no not a bike-this is going to be bad.'
Not that's of much consolation to the biker, but I suppose it was 'lucky' it was the van as my bumper went over the rear wheel & whacked his tail up. The rear wheel broke & was pinned under the van, so effectively stopping the bike from pitching forward. He stayed on it-fuck knows how. Bike looks bent in half, deformation to van bonnet & huge crush in the bulbous tray that's underneath the engine. Bumper gone. Est speed of impact dunno but possibly as much as 20mph. What a mess. Amazingly chap was seemingly OK. I insisted he went to his doctor asap-he must have gone right forward because the ignition key was bent right over. Police in attendence.
what a bloody muppet. And thank goodness I wasn't on the bike. Don't beat me up please-I've been doing that for the last 3 hours.
Incidentally I don't see what the biker could have done at all (all accidents are avoidable theory). Even if he had clocked my van bearing down on his chuff the bollard gave him nowhere to go. Hope he's OK tomorrow.
Tell you what-both vehicles were over 10 years old & fair play to the designers who put the crush zones into them.
EDIT: the worst of it all is that I knew something was going to happen. If I hadn't HAD to get out of the house I wouldn't have gone & my head was in the wrong place for the bike. I feel awful.