I have no doubt you exercise good judgement whenever possible -- Unfortunately, this Rider didn't. Evaluating ongoing circumstances and making sensible choices saves lives....many lives. This was very sad, but avoidable.The driver got 12 month community sentence (not sure what this means?) and 18 month ban from the roads. It's good that at least some form of punishment was set forth on the driver - though i agree with the opinions above that he was excessively speeding on a road with cross traffic.
I will say - it's easy to point fingers - while i've done the same above - i've certainly been way over the speed limit on certain roads, i'd like to think that i'm smart in utilizing my brain in situations where i think it's ok to push the level of risk a bit higher, but a big part of it up until this point could simply be luck.
Anyway you slice it, it's a sad story and unfortunate for the rider and his family (and the driver of the car who hit him) to deal with.
Fixed that last sentence for you. Hope you don't mind.Our MSF Instructor said --- "over 70% of the accidents involve an oncoming car turning in front of you." After hearing and seeing this time and time again, I try to keep a lookout for those drivers not paying attention when I am riding. I know Most drivers have a problem with depth perception too.