I think this would be a very good read for other new riders or learners as you can learn from my experiences. I have been driving for three years now and on my P2 license and I've never been in any accident. So I've had a fair bit of road experience prior to riding and know what to look out for. So it's been a month since I had my little Ninja 250R registered and got my license. In that time I have racked up about 1400km on my bike and have had 4 near misses where if I hadn't reacted I would no longer be riding. I've also done a few skids and locked up the back wheel accidentally but that would have never been a serious accident. It's not like I'm a crazy rider who weaves between cars, I'm always cautious and in control. Though I will admit to letting the throttle go a few times at the lights, just for fun Last week was a very bad week for motorcyclists in Sydney, there were 3 deaths on our roads. One of which my close friend witnessed, which made me realise how dangerous our sport really is. There is some statistic like 90% of all motorcycle related accidents a car is at fault and I can understand that from my riding. The first near miss was in under a week of riding and travelling along a freeway at 80km/h at midnight, I was in the far left (bus) lane and I had a taxi sharply cut across 3 lanes of traffic to slow down and turn right in front of me. I saw him do this whole procedure and I had to slam on the brakes (which after a week of riding is a scary thing to do) to avoid rear ending him. Next, I was riding along a 2 lane road in the right hand lane and there was a broken down truck in the left lane. There was a car to the left of me and I knew it was probably going to try pull into my lane (even though I was there) so I slowed right down to let him merge. When he slowed down too I assumed he had seen me and was giving me right of way but just as I sped up to overtake him he sharpy merges into my lane (where I presently was) - so I had to swerve onto the wrong side of the road to avoid being hit, lucky for me there was no traffic there. Coming out from work at 8:15PM last week, it was still a little light out (you know how it is in Sydney) I was making a left turn. I obviously checked to my right before I turned and saw it was clear but when I went to turn I heard a loud noise coming from my right, so as I was halfway through the turn I looked and saw a ute with its headlights off coming straight at me. I obviously slammed on the brakes and almost dropped the bike but, I managed to avoid being hit. I guess I am technically at fault here but, what sort of idiot goes around driving at that time without headlights on? Finally my most recent one, at about 8:20PM I've got my headlights on (because they are always on) and I'm riding at about 60km/h on a two lane street. There is a car in my right lane just a little ahead of me and I see a car on a side street wanting to turn in from the left. I stay way over to the right of the lane for caution anyway, which was lucky for me because just as I was about 5m from him (still travelling 60km/h) he pulls out into my lane. So me being prepared for this I swerve into the right lane, I didn't realise the car on my right had slowed down though so I had to swerve back into the left through a very narrow gap between the cars. Again, I guess this would have technically been my fault if I hit anyway making that maneuver but it just goes to show how easy it is to be in an accident.