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BANGKOK 23 January 2019 20:56
OneMoreFarang

Motorcycle accident in the same lane - what is the law and what happens in real life?

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This is not about an accident which happened. It's about a couple of situations which could have ended in accidents.

 

I would like to know what the official and unwritten laws are in Thailand about riding on motorcycles on the same lane.

I had several small to medium sized bikes (150 - 400cc) over the years and never an accident with more than 10km/h. But a few dangerous situation.

 

Recently I rode on Ratchadaphisek Road in the area where the road is good and wide. My speed was similar to the traffic flow maybe 80km/h about 8am direction Phahonyothin Road. I was in the middle of the right lane with cars on the other lanes. At some stage a guy on an other bike (some big scooter) passed me with at least 100km/h. I was a little shocked because there was little space between my bike and his and his bike and the road barrier. He just kind of squeezed through the gap.

Nothing happened but I thought what would have happened if I would have moved my bike a little to the right just before he squeezed through. Probably he would have hit me and we would have crashed. I would have blamed him for reckless driving. And he would have probably blamed me for moving into his way. I don't really know what the law is in situations like that. Do you know?

But the law is only part of this because if we would have crashed it would have hurt and some insurance would have paid. It would be a lot better to avoid situations like that.

If I want to overtake someone on the same lane in front of me I normally make sure that there is enough space and I will try that the guy in front of me can see me in the mirror before I pass him - if he has mirrors and looks in the mirrors.

 

Situations like that don't happen often, normally my speed is similar to others or more likely a little faster than others. But sometimes there are those situation were someone plays the racer who wiggles through all the places where he just fits through - and it will work unless someone moves a little to the side...

 

How do you handle situations like that?

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Thought someone of your knowledge of Thailand would know what the law if any is. 😂

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I may be wrong here, but I ‘think’ that if another vehicle wishes to pass you they need to do so in another lane as you have right if way in the lane you are in.... 

 

Thus, I suspect, if you were hit whole within your land by another motorcycle trying to pass you, in your lane, the other motorcycle would be the offender.

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What is most likely going to kill you is going to come at you high speed from behind. I got hit about 4 years ago from behind but I was just lucky others saw the other clip me at high speed. I did not get hurt but she did. I did not have to pay out anything as it clearly was stated from others that saw the incident, I had nothing to do with her negligence. I was just lucky in the fact I had other honest Thais that saw it, stop and help me out.

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23 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

OneMoreFarang - what you describe is one of my biggest gripes if motorcycling here in Thailand. 

 

The other motorcyclist passing dangerously so close you can feel the wind off them.... another is motorcyclists hovering in your blind spot or just over your rear wheel cutting off your ‘avoidance’ routes... 

 

its not not so much the cars in bkk, it’s the other bikes which generate most of the Danger... 

Probably why over 80% of road traffic accident fatalities are on 2-wheels. I wonder how many of those are due to bike-on-bike wipeouts?

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Thanks for all the replies.

 

About the farang is always wrong: Recently I had a small accident were a Thai guy with a scooter made a U turn at the same place where I did that U turn. His bike scratched my bike. I had just a little paint on my front axle, he had a big scratch on his new red scooter. We stopped at the next police box. The officer asked me and he asked him and he more or less convinced the guy that he was wrong. So it seems sometime the police do a good and fair job.

 

Back to the problem: What do you do to avoid situations like above? I look relative often in the mirrors and don't make any big unnecessary moves. But in above case a little move could have been deadly. It seems there is basically nothing to prevent an accident like that - and that is scary.

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" I look relative often in the mirrors and don't make any big unnecessary moves. But in above case a little move could have been deadly. It seems there is basically nothing to prevent an accident like that - and that is scary."

The bastards are often scaring me doing that.I check my mirrors often too, but you need to watch were you are going also.Next thing some little bastard buzz bomb that's been sitting in your blind spotscreams up on the inside missing by what seems like inches.Very disconcerting.Not to mention dangerous.

 

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18 minutes ago, OneMoreFarang said:

Thanks for all the replies

 

 I look relative often in the mirrors and don't make any big unnecessary moves. But in above case a little move could have been deadly. It seems there is basically nothing to prevent an accident like that - and that is scary.

The bastards are often scaring me doing that.I check my mirrors often too, but you need to watch were you are going also.Next thing some little bastard buzz bomb that's been sitting in your blind spotscreams up on the inside missing by inches.Very disconcerting.Not to mention dangerous.

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