Posts Tagged ‘accident’

Taco’ed Tuesday

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

It could have been worse

A mystery:

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“Crash, Not Accident” – A Misguided Campaign – It’s Why Journalists Now Use the Word CRASH Four Times in Three Sentences

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Here’s how things are in 2016:

All right, here’s what the “crash coalition” has to say.

“Accident” Definitions – Merriam-Webster: An unexpected happening causing loss or injury which is not due to any fault or misconduct on the part of the person injured but for which legal relief may be sought

Really? That’s odd. What kind of definition is this to cite? Hey, lets punch that phrasing into the Google to find:

Accident | Definition of Accident by Merriam-Webster

Now we’re cooking. It turns out the real definition, the primary one, is:

“a sudden event (such as a crash) that is not planned or intended and that causes damage or injury”

So I don’t know how you could miss this at the very top of the webpage you cited, unless you’re being dishonest.

Similarly, I could tell you that the word “bad” means:

outstandingly excellent; first-rate

But that wouldn’t be honest, as that one is 35 definitions down from the typical meaning, which is, of course:

not good in any manner or degree

What accident means is that whatever occurred wasn’t on purpose. Like this aircraft accident, for example. These pilots didn’t intentionally kill themselves, right? If they had, you’d say, “This was no accident,” right?

OK, look forward to seeing the magic CRASH word all over even more, as journalists and MSM institutions bend to this campaign. It’s going to be crash this and crash that all the time. Crash crash crash, like a mantra.

But sometimes there’ll be pushback, like this:

That’s the ticket…

The Advisability of Riding Your Bike Through the Bunker Road Tunnel Whether the Light is Green or Not

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Here it is, your Bunker Road Tunnel* to Rodeo Beach and beyond.

The driver of this old Datsun(!) pickup truck seemed to be giving this cyclist a little bit of room, but then a shout came out…

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…from this guy going the other way. So whoops, the Datsun driver moves a yard or two to the right. Thusly:

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Bikes have dedicated lanes in this tunnel but cars don’t. Does that mean that bikes don’t have to wait up to five minutes for a green light the way cars have to? I know not. The surfer dudes in the 4WD pickup could not possibly look more like Marin Locals, like Regulars on this stretch of road, but the driver was surprised to see a cyclist going the other way? Now because it’s a tunnel, shouting works, but what if dudes had had the radio on and couldn’t hear? There could have been an accident.

Seems that waiting for the green would be safer. There’s room for debate, I suppose. (I think I’d want to see a sign saying it’s OK for bikes to proceed afore I ran a red light…)

EPILOGUE:

A single-lane tunnel carries Bunker Road from the Rodeo Valley to U.S. 101. Built in 1918, this tunnel is known as Baker-Berry Tunnel but also known as the Bunker Road Tunnel or the Five Minute Tunnel. A date stamp on the western entrance to the Baker-Barry Tunnel lists 1994, which may have been the year the tunnel was retrofitted for earthquake protection or reconstructed for other reasons. Additional work was completed in 2013 to allow for wider approaches for bicyclists. A traffic signal governs the flow of traffic into the tunnel, since only one direction may proceed at a time.

*Some mock the Yelp for rating a tunnel:

“Solid four-star tunnel… Screw you, Yelp.”

“What can I say, it’s a hole in the ground..lol”

Long Story Written on a Broken Windshield – Driver Reverses on McAllister so a Cyclist Crashes into a Another Car’s Windshield?

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Here’s the story, as told at/around McAllister and Pierce:

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A Run-of-the-Mill Traffic Accident at Fell and Masonic Shows the Futility of SF’s Futile “VisionZero 2024” Fantasy

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Well this one certainly was loud:

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Injuries here?

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Sure.

But SFGov has somehow outlawed this type of accident, starting in 2024. So what’s going to change at this intersection. Will all cars and trucks and bikes be banned? Oh, that’s impractical you say? Well sure, but your vaunted Vision Zero 2024 is impossible.

Who’s fault was this one? Driver One, Driver Two, Somebody Else, Some Combination? Who knows? I can’t figure it out.

Anyway, the problem with VisionZero is that it doesn’t acknowledge Reality. Oh well.

So sure SFGov, you can set goals for yourself, like completing 30 pretty-much-meaningless streetscape/beautification projects in the time you claim you designated for 24, but that doesn’t mean anything, not really.

The problem is that you’re trying to solve a people problem by altering the physical environment, that’s what your big push is about.

It has no chance of succeeding IRL.

Sorry

What It’s Like for a 16-Year-Old to Turn the Wrong Way onto Turk and Cause an Accident in Front of Northern Station

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

It’s like this, or one assumes.

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Northbound Corolla on Fillmore turns right onto Turk, but Turk’s a one-way the other way in the Western Addition. So BAM into a Prius C. And yes, that’s Northern Station in the background. And I’m guessing about the 16 year old part, but you tell me, Gentle Reader. (I’ll tell you, one time I crashed into a 16 year old’s Honda at Mcallister and Gough. He was driving an Accord older than him when he decided to make his own turn lane onto Gough. He asked if I could do him a solid by not reporting this incident to anyone. I was like, “Yeah, right.” Then I told the SFPD to leave after some people called 911. So then I rode over to SFGH with my left arm held straight down since it wasn’t bending at that point. So then I gave up on SFGH after about five minutes. So then I made it home and then over to St Mary’s. By this point I was holding my arm at a 90 degree angle ’cause it wouldn’t go straight anymore – this caused problems for the X-ray tech. So then I had to go to a meeting in the Marina for the proposed Fisher Family Modern Museum. So then I went back to St Mary’s for the results. The upshot is that my left elbow, to this day, still quietly clicks when I flex it, depending on which direction my wrist is facing, but the 16 year old’s insurance policy paid St Mary’s and I ended up with a few thousands for my trouble. Basically, I sold my 100% good elbow for a 99% good elbow, and it took about ten hours out of my life. That’s what I think about when I think about 16 year olds causing accidents in the Western Addition. But I digress…)

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Or you could call this “traffic violence,” but I don’t.

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One time, a Dude headed to the West Side hit my Toyota and it looked better than these cars and I thought it was totally driveable but it wasn’t and my estimate ended up being $18K(!), oh well. This is definitely a reportable accident even without injuries – this is no way to start your Driving Life:

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And yes, the Prius driver was NOT AT FAULT – I’m as shocked as you are.

Anyway, let’s be careful out there.

Tourist from Missouri vs. a Local Bike Messenger – Interesting Video – Road Rage on Market Street

Friday, December 11th, 2015

White Toyota Corolla “S” (E170, 2013 or later) driver says I’m from Missouri without even talking at all:

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SFMTA Spokesmodel Paul Rose Costs Us Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Per Year, But He Sounds Like a MUNI UNION Flack

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Yes, over $200,000 in his Total Cost of Employment (TCOE). (You want to get into this, well, we can get into this.)

Here’s the new stuff:

It does not appear the bicyclist was traveling in a bike lane,” said Paul Rose…

I’d expect this kind of sophistry from a MUNI operators attorney, but not a spokesmodel from the SFMTA.

Hey, is this the same Paul Rose who committed this? Yep. Oh what’s that, Paul, you acknowledged your mistake and you didn’t want to get into why you committed such a boner? But that’s how you learn, right?

Let’s move on, to the SFPD:

Bicyclists are supposed to travel in the bike lane,” reminded SFPD Officer Grace Gatpandan…

This statement is 100% non-operational, and I don’t know how many words you’d need to add to fix it.

Do I expect better from SFMTA / SFPD?

Yes I do.

Should I.

IDK

BTW, I’ve “gone around” MUNI vehicles thousands of times, both inbound and outbound, on Market Street since the 1980’s. It’s not illegal, is it? Tell me how I’m wrong here.

Show me the police report and I’ll tell you who was at fault here, except 1) it doesn’t exist yet and 2) the SFPD holds onto its PRs really really tight so I’ll never see it even after it comes out.

Hey, is the SFPD part of the SFGov “City Family” known to favor SFMTA operators when it comes time to assess fault when SFMTA operators get into accidents, or, in the words of the SFMTA, when SFMTA operator commit “traffic violence?” Yes. Yes it is.

Oh well

Accident vs. Collision vs. Crash: The “VisionZero” 2024 Crowd Attempts to Shame Journalists from Calling an Accident an … Accident

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Sometimes, the Vision Zero people show their work, they show how they came to their faulty conclusions, hence this posting.

So here’s the

When a plane crashes, we don’t call it an “accident.”

Uh, yes we do:

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All the time, as a matter of fact. Oh well.

Let’s try again:

“Another reason is that “accident” is not neutral. It implies a lack of guilt.”

No. It, at the very least, implies a lack of intent, actually.

Oh well again.

It’s hard to find much against the new-ish term Vision Zero, but here’s a stab at it:

“Chasing infinity rather than incremental improvements looks even dumber.”

Yep, pretty much…

Another Hum-Drum Injury Car Accident on Masonic – Airbags Everywhere, Cars Totalled – Autobots Sacrifice Selves to Save Owners

Monday, September 14th, 2015

An accident* on Masonic yesterday at Hayes, with CCSF’s John Adams Campus (the former Lowell High School, 1913-1962):

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(My money’s on the VW’s driver being at fault, but who knows.)

Now how many airbags exploded during this fender bender, like a dozen? You could see all matter of them from a distance. How much would it cost to replace a single side curtain bag, for instance, one wonders. The upshot is that the people inside these rides get injured less than they would have a generation ago, but the cars get damaged more.

So it’s off to the scrapheap they go.

Seems fair enough.

*’Cause it wasn’t on purpose. Now if it were, then we’d call this collision attempted homicide or something. But if you’re an “urbanist” or whatnot, feel free to call it a collision if you want – that word would also apply. TY, drive through.

In the next world war
In a jackknifed juggernaut
I am born again.

In the neon sign
Scrolling up and down
I am born again

In an interstellar burst
I am back to save the universe

In a deep, deep sleep
Of the innocent
I am born again

In a fast German car
I’m amazed that I survived
An airbag saved my life