I was in an automobile accident yesterday. I was on the 405, driving from the Riderz Law headquarters in Newport Beach to my home in Redondo, when I was rear-ended at about 30 mph. The girl who slammed into my SUV "just looked away for a second." Really, she must have been texting or tweeting or otherwise her phone, because there was no other explanation for her hitting me. I hadn't stopped fast. In fact, I hadn't even come to a complete stop. I was slowly slowing down, and was probably traveling at 2 or 3 mph when she walloped me. Now I'm not trying to pick on this guy, but remind all of my readers that the roads in California are treacherous, and there are plenty of people driving their cars, and doing everything BUT paying attention to the road.
To change rants for a moment, a couple of my friends (and my mom) immediately responded "thank God you were in a car and not on your motorcycle." (I had my infant son in the back, otherwise I would likely have been riding.) But, in this instance, I strongly disagree with the notion that I was safer in the car. Why? Because I would not have been hit on the bike. When traffic is at a crawl, it is my practice to lane split (slowly and carefully), or if I am, say, at a red light, to go between cars. This girl "didn't see me" and I was in a big white SUV. Had I been on a bike, sitting behind a stopped car, she would have squished me. And believe me, we see motorcyclists who have been rear-ended all the time. Believe it or not, it is far rarer for us to see motorcyclists who get hurt while lane-splitting — and invariably, they were going fast (60+) at the time. So I believe in the safety of lane-splitting (when done safely). I believe that it has saved countless motorcyclists from getting squished. We'll just never know how many.