Yesterday I had my first accident in my short motorcycle career. I was going home from work on my Monster 620ie dark when a guy in a white SUV cut me off. He was trying to cross the street I was on in a heavy traffic, looking for a gap. He probably didn't see me, but suddenly there was this SUV right in front of me. I slamed the brakes to avoid collision and I went down pretty hard. Luckily, I wasn't going too fast (~30 mph) and I did avoid him. He didn't even stop afterwards, bastard. I spent about 5 hours in the emergcy room, the diagnosis was broken rib and bruised chest and hip. I'm OK now, but I take pain killers (broken rib is really annoying, it hurts with every breath). I think the morale of the whole event is (besides that there are morons out there) that I should work on my braking technique. I slammed both brakes - front and rear, and it was the rear brake that locked the rear wheel and sent me into a slide. In general : what do you guys think about emegency braking. Is it better to avoid the rear brake altogether ?