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Digital Subscriptions > Fast Bikes > 315 July 2016 > YOU PAY MONKEYS...


You're the victim of a SMIDSY, yet you're the one coughing up. Eh?
When it comes to car drivers, always remember that assumption is the mother of all screw ups...


If you’ve been a naughty biker, you need some decent legal advice, get it from

Q I was riding my fairly old FireBlade along a straight stretch of rural Suffolk on a 60mph A-road. I saw an Isuzu pick-up and trailer waiting to turn out of a farm to my left. I rolled off the throttle, just in case. It was indicating right and I presumed he had seen me, but when I was about 50 metres away the truck pulled out. I managed to brake and left a small skidmark of about eight or ten metres away from the collision point, but there was no way I could stop. I had recently overtaken a car, and the driver of that car said to the police afterwards that I had overtaken him, fair enough, and that he was travelling at 50 mph, estimating my overtaking speed as, ‘about 70mph, but not dangerous’. I hit the Isuzu and wrote the bike off. Luckily, good body armour, good leathers and good luck meant I was not seriously injured. Nothing was broken apart from my bike and I had three weeks off work – I am a scaffolder by trade, and I was sore for about six months in total.

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