Today a motorist tried to squeeze past me while i was taking a lane, the reason i took the lane was because there was double parked cars occupying the lane next to us, there was not enough room for him to safely overtake. He swerved in and out of the double parked cars then accelerated and squeezed me out of my position on the road. When he came dangerously close my reflex was to swipe at his mirror.
The swipe didn't really help the situation as he was very concerned about the potential damage to his car and started threatening to run me down and all the usual macho stuff. The yelling match consisted of me telling him its very inappropriate to attempt to overtake in that situation and him telling me i shouldn't even be on the road. I thought about this a lot today and its not the first time my reflexes have got the better of me. While im glad my reflex isn't to fall off the bike and hurt myself i began to ponder what would happen if i challenged the driver to call the police. Would the driver be held responsible for what happened? My reflex was not pre meditated and i do feel that it was an instinctively accidental reaction. I wouldn't really get anything out of it except for the motorist being told to pay for the damages himself.
No doubt about it, if i fell off he would have been in the wrong but could he be held accountable for my accidental reflexes?