I have apparently not been explaining myself well or something, and if I pissed anyone off, didn't mean to. I don't really know how to explain myself further, cause each time I do I seem to get someone else flamed up, which is not my intent, so let me try one more time to get it right. Love all you guys on here...not trying to stir up any shit with any of these comments.
First and foremost, I have never been defending the truck driver. Period. If you thought I was, then I grossly wrote something wrong. I do not defend him, and I thought I was pretty clear that he deserved the jail time he got. Probably deserved a carbon-knuckled ass whupping too.
Second. The recklessness of the bikers. Anytime you go on a public uncontrolled road and speed, stunt, text, put makeup on, race, read the paper, whatever, you are being reckless and potentially endangering other people. The whole point of an uncontrolled road is you don't know if someone is broken down around a corner, changing a tire, getting their mail, or sunbathing in the middle of the road. That last one was a real story from somewhere, idiot got run over on a gravel road (and just to be double clear, if an idiot was sunbathing in the road and gets run over, it was not because the driver was reckless...I was being facetious). So, it doesn't really matter if the bikers were speeding before they crossed double yellow, after, during, whatever, the fact that they were starting their little ride by illegally passing someone kind of gives the impression that they were going to hot dog the rest of the road, so saying that they were only going fast because they were being chased isn't being honest. Have you ever seen someone pass illegally only to ride the speed limit? Let me be clear again, I do NOT think that their illegal action is anywhere near on the same scale as what the asshole trucker did. But just because there happened to NOT be anyone out checking their mail and getting clipped by a motorcyclist doesn't mean that they weren't doing anything dangerous. I could put a blindfold on and start pulling the trigger on a gun in random directions and not hit anyone, and call myself safe? And yes, that is a way over-exaggerated example...
I'm thinking that the reaction to my comments probably came from the "they share blame" comment. And that's still my opinion. Maybe it's like 98% trucker / 2% motorcyclist, I don't know. But I don't think that anyone could argue that IF the motorcyclists hadn't passed the truck, THEN they would not have been getting chased by a maniac asshole. Doesn't make his enormous and dangerous overreaction right (flipping them off was probably a more reasonable reaction), and that's not defending the driver. Now for another gross exaggerated example to try to make my point clear. Joe Meathead makes fun of Poindexter Peabody every day and finally Poindexter Peabody comes over while Joe is asleep in bed and torches his house. Obviously not justified. But had Joe Meathead not have done what he did, he wouldn't be torched in his bed. Joe is a victim, but no hero.
Anyway, I gotta run to work. Again, sorry if I'm pissing someone off or sounding like a self-righteous douchebag...it's not my intent. I may be a douchebag, but I'm certainly not self-righteous!!
Anyway, have a good day all... ride safe, and please, gentlemen, put your makeup on before
you get in the car, not when you're behind the wheel