Glad you stated this Daniel.Hope nobody got hurt and yes that looks like a blind spot accident too me. I never can understand why drivers like to hang next to a truck for miles. Stay behind or pass and go in front of the truck if we blow a tires and loose control of the truck not a lot of driver in cars survive that.
Good point about bikers. I used to think that everyone should start on 2 wheels first, so as to teach them a better awareness of what's around them on the road and to always expect the unexpected, before progressing to 4.Yes that SLK would have been totally invisible to the driver of the truck. Clearly the truck drivers fault fault for not keeping tabs on what is around him but the SLK driver clearly wasn't driving defensively or they wouldn't have "lingered in that classic blind spot.
There is some really helpful info in this thread that all readers should note.
It seems to me that a great many subscribers to SLKWorld are also motorcyclists or ex motorcyclists and didn't get to the age where they wanted or could afford an SLK (or two:wink by making such classic bad judgements. So hopefully we will stay safe and alert, and pass on wisdom such as provided by Berlinner Heckflosse to others who have not had that initiation experience on two wheels or witnessed it on eight (or more).
He would have seen the SLK in his mirror previously but once it was in his blind spot I think he forgot about it. The timing of his overtaking manoeuvre seemed more about getting out into the next lane before the car with the dash cam blocked him in!Looking at the point of impact on the SLK, and the timing of the lorry drivers indication, I wonder if he did see the car but thought it was passed his off side bumper?
He's keen to maintain speed, so would have wanted to pull out as soon after the car has passed, so wonder if he saw the car and just miss timed his manouver...
For me I'll flash when a lorry is returning after overtaking to tell him his rear is clear of my front. I've noticed other lorry drivers do that to each other so that's what I do.What is the convention/etiquette among truckers? Flash the headlamps to let them know that one acknowledges their intentions?