Last week I was coming back from uni; perfect sunny day, light traffic, the bike was running great and I was traveling on very familiar dual carriageway road at 60km/h I had taken hundreds of times. The next second I impacted the side of a car and was thrown from the bike and now on the ground... After several seconds when I had awoken from the post crash stance trying to figure out what happened, I was greeted with "Sorry Mate, I just didn't see you!, you just came out of know-where". In this thread I will try to address what I believe happened, what combination of things went wrong and steps we can do to prevent it happening. The scene: I am in Lane one traveling at ~55km/h. From my position in-front of me is clear and their is no dangers. My identified dangers are cars potentially pulling out onto to the road infront of me from driveways. To compensate for this I stagger my position behind the car now beside me and hold the right tire track for increased visibility to my left. Unknown to me a car an oncoming car has pulled (or is waiting) in the 'Keep Clear' bay. I can not see him, nor can he likely see me due to me being blocked in the footprint of the car beside me. All he can see is the driver of the 'blue car' and a clear lane beside it. The Event: Seeing the car pull into the 'keep clear', the blue car has slowed, slammed on the brakes and allegedly signaled the oncoming car it was safe to cross. In the blink of an eye my clear path now has me barreling towards a car. The car is to close, I am going to fast and a collision is inevitable...Instinctively I swerve the bike towards the footpath in an attempt to go around it (should he see me and brake) and get myself out of the kill zone of the car. Once my path is set, I apply full braking, lock up both wheels and am skidding towards the car. Result: I have impacted the cars front bumper or wheel arch at ~10km/h. The bar has snapped left, thrown me over my left mirror and the bikes front wheel has ended up under the car and on its left side. Thankfully I have been ok and walked away with minor injuries, the bike is scratched up however was ridden home. From the insurance quotes I have received it may be an economic write-off however dealings are currently underway. Why it happened: Ultimately the official explanation was the turning car failed to giveway. This is useful for insurance however not good enough if we are trying to learn from it. In reality both of us introduced mitigating factors into the accident and played a big part in it. -I was traveling to fast for the conditions, upon seeing the 'keep clear' I should have expected another car to be trying to pull into the driveway, not just leave from it and subsequently should have slowed right down. -In trying to avoid the danger of cars pulling out into the driveway, I was in a blind spot from oncoming traffic making it very hard to identify me. -While the oncoming car had briefly looked, he assumed the coast was clear and traffic had stopped. -I too was complacent and assumed the coast was clear. -Oncoming car did not creep forward to get a view of the lane, but rather quickly accelerated and blocked it. -By the time we had seen each other, it was to late and we had no where to go -He genuinely wouldn't have seen me, to him I did come out of know-where Other Points: - I had been wearing full-viz, had full beams on and had DRL's on. As much as the TAC would have you believe this made no difference. Being visible is much more than just dressing in brightly or getting in peoples mirrors. - You need to consider the viewing angle and perceptions from other drivers point of view. - Bright sunny may be more dangerous than dark rainy weather. We get over confident and may let our roadcraft slip. - Having practiced emergency braking, swerves and having formulated a plan should this happen helped me instinctively take action. While it wasn't perfect and result in a near-miss, it may have saved me slamming into the passenger cabin at 60km/h where it would be a much more serious event. - Having a good jacket, gloves and helmet absorbed most of the force, no blood or broken bones. - Handle bar guards: Quite heavily scuffed up and likely protected my fingers. - SMIDSY's aren't always the fault of the other driver, they may have actually looked. - The driver may be equally as shocked and surprised to see you. I hope this quick summary of the crash will be of help to other riders identify high risk situations. .