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BANGKOK 19 August 2019 11:07
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Video: Military outrider in hospital after collision with a Bangkok taxi

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      I am not familiar with Bangkok roads, and a bus lane against the traffic flow is unusual to me, so I can only suppose that taxi driver would only been expecting a huge bus, not a motor cycle at the last moment as he began his right turn.

      However, I believe the motor bike escort should have shown more care at the junction, and slowed accordingly, and is it really necessary for VIPs to travel in such a manner.

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2 hours ago, Briggsy said:

However, ultimately the taxi is in the wrong as you state. But if you think the motorcyclist is 0% responsible, then we have to disagree. I think his failures above contributed at least 20% to the accident.

Taxi did not have any indicator light on, and based on the speed he turned in, it could have easily been a bus or car that he hit. So it has nothing to do with the motorcycle, motorcycle had no time to react. It sees like the taxi turn suddenly because he almost missed his turn, hence no light and such fast turn in.

 

With that said these police escorts always travel way too fast also, and often time in bus lane or during rush hours even on wrong ways. I had to move out of the way before for these folks before as they travel up the wrong way in order to beat traffic.

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If Plod had one of these he could have gone straight over the top of Taxi boy without feeling a thing .. 

 

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Armed Forces in the UK, with the exception of the EOD (Bomb Disposal) never seem to feel the need to travel anywhere urgently enough to require an escort or flashing lights. 

 

This is was so even through the Northern Ireland troubles, the Gulf wars, and Bosnian conflicts.

 

i am struggling to think of any conflict (apart from the coup and the trouble in the three southern provinces) that would necessitate urgent attendance of a General.

 

Police, Fire, Ambulance lifesavers and Royal protection are the only ones privileged to this extent.

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2 minutes ago, Classic Ray said:

Armed Forces in the UK, with the exception of the EOD (Bomb Disposal) never seem to feel the need to travel anywhere urgently enough to require an escort or flashing lights. 

 

This is was so even through the Northern Ireland troubles, the Gulf wars, and Bosnian conflicts.

 

i am struggling to think of any conflict (apart from the coup and the trouble in the three southern provinces) that would necessitate urgent attendance of a General.

 

Police, Fire, Ambulance lifesavers and Royal protection are the only ones privileged to this extent.

Its the Thai puffed out chest syndrome.  In their tiny minds they think they are important so consider by having an escort the rest of the population will think they are important to.  The fact is every man and his dog can have an escort, if they wish to pay for one.

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My hat off for the senior ranking officer and his aids for immediately going to assist while cabby appears to

be still sitting in the car

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3 hours ago, Razek said:

His job is this. To protect the General. Good job. Well done

What rank is “ a high ranking army deputy.“?

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Would have been even funnier if the bus that came up behind the incident decided he was sufficiently important to run over the Merc.

 

I think the taxi driver is deep in the dark stuff, irrespective of right or wrong.

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15 hours ago, Briggsy said:

Not necessarily. As an experienced motorcyclist I can pick out 4, possibly 5, major errors that contributed to the accident straight away. 

 

1. Look at the road position of the motorcycle. He is keeping to the far right of his lane. This is inherently dangerous. His view of oncoming traffic is restricted. Oncoming traffic cannot see him. His time to react to anyone entering his law is reduced to an impossible fraction of a second. I have no idea why he is there other than as a shield. Well, he became a shield.

2. Speed. Speaks for itself.

3. He enters a crossroads and does not reduce speed, does not cover his brakes and does not change down a gear just carries on.

4. Related to 3 and 2 and 1, when the taxi moves into his path, he fails to react in any way showing he is not paying attention.

5. This may well be a bus lane and the taxi is expecting only buses but I am not sure about that.

 

However, ultimately the taxi is in the wrong as you state. But if you think the motorcyclist is 0% responsible, then we have to disagree. I think his failures above contributed at least 20% to the accident.

In regards to post one. You are correct from the point of view of someone from entering your lane from opposing traffic but incorrect if the person is entering from a side street without stopping or looking which is far more likely. Driving on the right side of his lane doesn't obscure him from drivers entering his lane from the left amongst parked cars, allows those entering from the left to spot him more easily as those drivers tend not to turn their heads to the right and allows him to spot cars/bikes entering from the left in a unsafe manner (as most do) more quickly. The "Generals" car had lights flashing, the outrider was riding quickly as is expected from an escort vehicle, the taxi driver is 100% to blame in my opinion. 

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16 hours ago, marquis22 said:

How about a score from a high diving judge for his spectacular somersault? 

Will this suffice?

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18 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:

After watching the video what you have written above were my immediate thoughts, particularly the motorcyclists awful road positioning - no concept of defensive riding whatsoever. 

 

 

 

Concepts....in thailand 55555555555

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22 hours ago, geoffbezoz said:

Another plonker who thinks he is important riding a motorcycle without due care and attention. Yes the Taxi driver should have stopped but the jumped up prat on the motor cycle should have been driving slower and more cautiously knowing full well what the driving standards are in Thailand.

 

Its the look at me I have a General in a car behind me mentality.

In this case I call it KARMA, 2 idiots collide. 

 

The Taxi driver would be lucky if he gets away with attitude adjustment

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