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Old 09-07-2011, 01:19 PM   #1
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What Do You Do When Someone Almost Runs You Over and Then Apologizes?

I was on my way to work going over the bridge on Durham just N of 10 next to an M35 and all of a sudden he just cut over into my lane with a quickness. I laid on the horn and slammed on the brakes and he kept coming until he was in front of me and then realized what he did and kind waved and then waved signaling either “Hey, sorry that I almost killed you” or “I’ll try harder next time to run you over” as I was yelling and shaking my head.

At the light he rolled up next to me and rolled down his window saying, “I’m sorry…I looked…I didn’t see you…” I had my modular helmet on so I flipped it up and really let into him. I was seeing red and don’t remember exactly what I said but I’m pretty sure it was something like “I’m not wearing my invisibility cloak….watch where the f*ck you’re going…why are you trying to kill me….” And I ended it with “I have kids too”. It was a 40-something looking family guy so I think that hit deep and he did really looked apologetic but it was hard for me to sympathize with him when I’d just seen my life flash before my eyes 20 seconds beforehand.

So what do you do when someone almost hits you and actually seems like they are sorry?
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Old 09-07-2011, 01:22 PM   #2
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Old 09-07-2011, 01:22 PM   #3
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Usually my anger will get the best of me and I would probably respond in the same u did.
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Old 09-07-2011, 01:25 PM   #4
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At least you had a modular helmet on so you could comprehensibly vent at the light!

Seriously, I'd probably do the same thing.
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Old 09-07-2011, 01:45 PM   #5
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When someone gives a sincere apology, I accept it. Let's face it, we're not perfect beings.
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Old 09-07-2011, 01:46 PM   #6
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Last year driving on Westheimer close to Kirby a Porsche SUV change lanes in my lane. Hit the horn and brakes to the point that the front wheel started sliding. Thank I was not leaning at that point. At the traffic light I caught up to him started yelling at him that he almost killed me and that he is a stupid idiot driver. It helped me deal with what had happened. He was apologetic about it though.

It's sad but at work, taking the defensive driving class, the suggested way to respond to road rage in a car, no matter if you really deserve it, is not to engage in a conversation whatsoever. No rolling down the window, no conversation, no apology... That hit a nerve when I heard it.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:27 PM   #8
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When someone gives a sincere apology, I accept it. Let's face it, we're not perfect beings.
Forgive and forget, I have to watch out for the next trying to kill me so I can't dwell on this for too long.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:37 PM   #9
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I was riding down Westheimer, close to Gessner in the left lane when some little douche kid decided to fly out of a gas station lot in the far right and drive right across three lanes without looking and cut me off. I swerved to miss him honking the whole time and stopped in the next lane skidding my rear out and almost high sided.

The way I skidded, I ended up in front of him a bit and he had stopped. I threw my kickstand down and looked at him and he was laughing but waving and half-apologizing.

I got off my bike and my head was in his window with my finger in his face seconds later, lol.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:42 PM   #10
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When someone gives a sincere apology, I accept it. Let's face it, we're not perfect beings.
I agree, I was about the state the same thing.

At least the man acknowledged the fact of what just happened and said sorry. (I know this isn't much, it means almost nothing after having your life flash before you.) But it could have been a lot worse, Some of those people will just drive off like nothing happened.

Glad that your ok and weren't hurt in the act.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:44 PM   #11
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People make mistakes. If they're truly sorry I let it go. I've accidentally cut people off before too.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:50 PM   #12
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I think it can go either way. Maybe he didn't need to be laid into... But with the points you made to him, along with scaring him with the fact that he could have killed someone... Maybe he'll look twice next time.
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I was riding down Westheimer, close to Gessner in the left lane when some little douche kid decided to fly out of a gas station lot in the far right and drive right across three lanes without looking and cut me off. I swerved to miss him honking the whole time and stopped in the next lane skidding my rear out and almost high sided.

The way I skidded, I ended up in front of him a bit and he had stopped. I threw my kickstand down and looked at him and he was laughing but waving and half-apologizing.

I got off my bike and my head was in his window with my finger in his face seconds later, lol.
That's totally different and I'd have done the same thing.

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I think it can go either way. Maybe he didn't need to be laid into... But with the points you made to him, along with scaring him with the fact that he could have killed someone... Maybe he'll look twice next time.
Yeah, I know and now I kinda feel bad cause he was very apologetic.

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Old 09-07-2011, 02:57 PM   #14
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But seriously I always let it go and count my blessings... We all make mistakes behind the wheel, let's face it. Now if it's intentional, that's another thing and I won't get into what I normally do.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:57 PM   #15
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when I see that they really mean it then no problem.. it cools me off.

but when I see them that they didnt give a and not even look at me then I get even more angry about it and makes me wanna their day up soooo bad..
just thinking about it makes me mad. lol
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:59 PM   #16
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im immunized... i usually just wave and forget about it.
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Old 09-07-2011, 03:29 PM   #18
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Same has happened to me before, sometimes they apologize when they get right next to me, I feel mad as , but at least they realized they up and I get to kiss my kids goodnight again.

But some others actually laugh, or curse me because I dared to be in the lane they wanted to change to, without looking. I swear I would hurt them bad if given the chance.
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Old 09-07-2011, 03:30 PM   #19
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im immunized... i usually just wave and forget about it.
this...

I don't normally do this, but I'm learning to. I hate being angry about things like that. It's a mistake, and you carry that through the day and end up doling it out to people who don't deserve it... goooooooooozfraba

What gets me is when they almost kill you, then give you the finger... Really?
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Old 09-07-2011, 03:31 PM   #20
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I know for a fact I would accept the apology, but I can imagine that in the same situation many would be very irate and have to say something - I think it's acceptable to go off a bit. Especially after hearing about the 'big trucks' who like to take out bikers.
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