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A sample of what can go wrong .

I just came homefrom a store 2 miles away , i go there often . Where i pulled out , looking to the left the road has a long sweeping curve and the store has a 2 ' wide sign maybe 7 ' tall sitting near the curb . What happened is this , The motorcycle coming at me was completely blocked by that narrow 2 ' sign . He was riding just the rightline around the curve to be totally hidden by a very narrow sign .

I drive like a 90 year old but if i was the typeto come pulling out quickly neither i or the bike would have had time to react .

As a motorcycle rider i will be very careful of that driveway in the future as well .

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It's amazing (scary) how many of those little blind spots are out there. I've got a few around here I've learned to wary of as well.

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now i understand why all the signs out here have shotgun holes in them, for visibility!! makes perfect sense...

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You might want to tell the store owner about that. Maybe he'll move the sign.
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Talk to the Dept Of Highways, they'll get it moved as it's probably on the highway right of way and is a safety hazard.

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Can anyone say, "Contributory Negligence"??

I'm sure the store owner would LOVE to know of your experience. You just might save him or her a bundle of money, as well as a precious human life.
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First thing tomorrow, go tell the store manager/owner!!!

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Or just pass the location and store's phone number up here; I'll call (as I'm sure others would)

Around here, there's quite a few businesses looking for any edge in getting noticed, watching for the permanant signs is enough work, but these temporary signs are something that I watch, and call on as soon as I see they are a hazard.

After all, if I'm not the rider that goes down, it'll be some other rider.
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DigbyODell wrote:
First thing tomorrow, go tell the store manager/owner!!!
Thats a priority.
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Sounds to me that the rider could use some waking up too. Riding the fog line is always a risk because it gives one very little time to do anything if something comes out on the road. That's why it makes more sense to ride the left tire track. Unless you're really carving the curves and are willing to accept the additional risk of hitting what you can't see.

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