In fact, I've been in it, the last six times I've had crashes.
Not meant as an attack, but either you drive in an extremely dangerous neighborhood, or you are not a good driver.
I have been in zero crashes in my 14 years of car driving, and 6 years of motorcycle driving.
I would not typically put myself in a position like you described. I would not even do that if I was not in a vehicle, why put yourself in a corner with no way out and leave yourself at risk? I didn't see your exact incident, so I can't give a perfect answer, but frankly I would not be in the middle lane with no escape.
Why only 1.2s seconds? Where was that vehicle when you started to slow down? Did you slow down too suddenly?
I'd be really interested in knowing how I can avoid these crashes, since I've had the same exact accident four times in the last four years and I'd really like to have your amazing powers of accident-avoidance to prevent having another one.
I would hope that after so many similar crashes, you would ask yourself what you are doing wrong, instead of just taking it as part of being on the road.
Maybe it related to driving a motorcycle too, knowing that one "accident" can lead to death. It is my responsibility (if I value my life) to ensure the other vehicles do not hit me, regardless of whether they are paying attention or not. Posting blame will not save my life.
P.S. No I am not a overly conservative driver, I started as the typical speeding teenager, and have my fair share of traffic tickets and near-misses. But I am always aware of those around me (especially behind me).
Although I don't agree with the GP's post, I don't agree with your arguments. You still have some control over your safety.
I was stopped at a red light and the one-ton pickup truck coming down the road behind me at 60 mph somehow didn't see either me or the light and slammed into me
Were you looking in your rear view mirror? Did you not see a 60mph pick up truck heading towards you? You can definitely see if it was slowing down or not.
My aunt and uncle were in a quad-cab pickup truck with their friends, who drove through a country intersection in which the cross traffic had a stop sign. The driver of the semi truck coming down the road failed to notice the stop sign (or the large "STOP" painted on the road a couple hundred yards before the stop sign) and t-boned them at probably 65 mph
Sorry to hear they were killed, but once again, did you aunt look? Was there not enough visibility that she could not see the 65 mph semi-truck? Yes, you are expected to look at every intersection. (Related Example: You will fail your motorcycle driving test in my area if you don't look at every intersection)
When you have your full attention on the road, yes, you can avoid/reduce almost any dangerous situation.