Join Date: May 2005
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Not your fault-at all.
Sorry you were involved in this situation. However, in my opinion, you have no culpability in this.
It was his lack of experience that brought him down. Now, if you two had been racing each other, or were otherwise "hot dogging" it, and you knew of his lack of skills, then you would be a fault (partial).
As riders it is ALWAYS our own fault (responsibility) when something goes wrong. Yes, there are crazy drivers out there that seem to be aiming at us, but our relative position (exposed to the world, not surrounded by a cage) makes it OUR duty and responsibility to avoid entanglements.
IE. were we speeding (almost always yes), had we had an "adult" beverage-even one, were we aware of road conditions-decreasing radius, spring/fall road debris-, did we end up in someone’s blind spot, did we have an escape route in mind, did we run a yellow, were we driving too fast for conditions, etc, etc. Unless one can emphatically say NO to ALL those conditions, and more, then it's YOUR FAULT when an accident happens. And, even if one can say no to all those things, it's STILL our fault, because we are the ones who will always lose.
Personal responsibility I say. No excuses.
Last edited by Warp9; May 5th, 2006 at 11:36 am.