p8ddy, i'm inventing nothing. Stepping out of your vehicle to face the music/take a beating IS standing up to the bikers.
Well, you are. You've made a classic logic error in assuming the bikers would have beaten the guy in the first place (and from that can we extrapolate that his beating was several leagues worse after having driven over a number of them?) So, you've invented that it's a forgone conclusion he was getting a beating.
My strategies? 1. Avoid avoid avoid. The bikers want to get somewhere, they didn't decide to go out on a ride to beat someone - the aim was getting to times sq. So, when you see the idiots, stay the hell away from them. Don't drive in the same direction. Apply brakes, stop, let them on their merry way. Don't tailgate to the point of hitting one of them.
In the event of hitting one of them? What's the sensible option? Get out and crawl, apologise and throw yourself on their mercy? Or drive over the top of some more of them? Desmond Morris, a noted anthropologist (and author of Manwatching), sides with me. Bow and scrape. Give them their alpha maleness.
Have you ever been in a situation where you're likely to be seriously injured or worse? By your persistent attempts to convince us that you'd try to "make peace" with them, i'd suggest that you have not.
You'd suggest wrong. And again, you assume your speculation is fact. You're inventing stuff in your head and going forward taking that as fact.
I come from a rough area. Three friends murdered. One kicked to death, two stabbed to death. I've a scar on face and a crown where I was punched by a guy wearing a knuckle duster. My best mate has been attacked by a meat cleaver. Enough experience? In a crap situation, ultimately? Run away if you can. If you can't? Bow and scrape. Try and manage the situation. What not to do? Come out swinging. That's what RR bloke did. He made a terrible situation much, much worse.
p8ddy:How does that make things better. In any way?
You:Fight or flight.
It't not "fight, make peace or flight".
Which doesn't answer my question. How did it make the situation better? How did it improve his chances of survival?
No one can say for sure what they would do in that situation, however the driver clearly felt threatened enough that he was left with only those two "options". Fighting/taking a beating from 60 people, some of whom are armed, isn't really what I would call an option.
In case you missed it - He *did* take a beating. A far worse one that he might have taken had he stopped after the initial collision. Or, even better, had he just steered clear of said morons.
Adrenalin kicks in and the foot goes down. Not saying I condone it, but logical and rational thinking were most likely at the bottom of the pile at that moment. He wasn't thinking about a way to "make the situation better", he was thinking about protecting himself and his family, NOTHING else.
Adrenalin may have kicked in. But I still don't have teh answer to the question, in waht way did his actions make any degree of sense? Or make him safer? He's an idiot. And anyone that reckons they would do likewise is an idiot. Sorry, but it was utterly the wrong thing to do.
I do find it odd that we can judge the driver's reactions to a situation which none of us experienced. IMO it would have been extremely foolish for him to get out of the car. By staying put he would probably have been dragged out anyway, so his options were limited and becoming more so for ever second that passed.
You've never been in a road rage situation? I've been in one - three huge guys vs me and a mate. (My mate flicked them the bird being a tool to them) They boxed us in in traffic and said monsters got out their gangsta mobile. You have no idea the amount of apologising and dirt eating we did. Hands up, apologise. Lots of apologetic gestures and general prostrating ourselves. Not the same situation (we had no means of possible escape for starters, and my mate goaded them) but we escaped kicking free. Different situation, but we got out of it with only our egos dented.
Heat of the moment reaction, i'd expect he just went into autopilot and was not capable of sitting down for a rational analysis of the situation before deciding on the best course of action. He make a silly move, but he was heavily influenced by the bikers' behaviour
On this we agree. The bikers come out of this with no credit at all. And they, at best, are deeply at fault for the carnage. But the drivers actions were equally unconscionable.