Cyclist suing State Government.

Cyclist suing State Government.

Postby briztoon » Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:11 pm

A GOLD Coast cyclist is suing the State Government for more than a $1 million after crashing into a Department of Main Roads sign fallen on a footpath.


Sorry can't link the article to the Courier Mail.
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Re: Cyclist suing State Government.

Postby foo on patrol » Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:27 pm

$1m WTH. :shock:

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Re: Cyclist suing State Government.

Postby mitchy_ » Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:33 pm

http://www.news.com.au/national/cyclist ... 6841460591

i'm not entirely sure how it's the government's fault if as they claim the fallen sign was not reported/known about. it's not exactly going to be fixed at 11pm at night.
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Re: Cyclist suing State Government.

Postby sumgy » Sat Mar 01, 2014 5:51 pm

Given that an international tourist has recently successfully sued QLD State Government for becoming a tetraplegic after an accident while he was running down a sand dune on Fraser Island I wont be surprised if this gets up.
I also wonder whether one day cyclists will sue the Government for accidents that occur on their recommended cycle routes on the basis that they have a duty of care to ensure that drivers are aware of cyclists using this route and to reduce and calm traffic on this supposed safe route.
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Re: Cyclist suing State Government.

Postby Lukeyboy » Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:55 pm

Couldn't you claim she wasn't riding to the conditions? Riding on the footpath at night and not able to notice a reflective traffic sign on the footpath. How fast was she even going to be able to sue for that much.
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Re: Cyclist suing State Government.

Postby sumgy » Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:00 pm

Lukeyboy wrote:Couldn't you claim she wasn't riding to the conditions? Riding on the footpath at night and not able to notice a reflective traffic sign on the footpath. How fast was she even going to be able to sue for that much.


She can legally ride on the footpath though.
And I am not sure that there is a speed limit on the footpath.
I hear what you are saying, but if you can run down a sand dune, trip, end up a tetraplegic and then sue for not being warned that this may be dangerous........??
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Re: Cyclist suing State Government.

Postby Lukeyboy » Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:47 pm

sumgy wrote:
Lukeyboy wrote:Couldn't you claim she wasn't riding to the conditions? Riding on the footpath at night and not able to notice a reflective traffic sign on the footpath. How fast was she even going to be able to sue for that much.


She can legally ride on the footpath though.
And I am not sure that there is a speed limit on the footpath.
I hear what you are saying, but if you can run down a sand dune, trip, end up a tetraplegic and then sue for not being warned that this may be dangerous........??


Yeah. The common sense rule :P I'm not having a go or anything but I was down there not long ago one thing I noticed a lot was the amount of cyclists riding without helmets/riding without lights was crazy compared to Brisbane. The lycra roadies were always playing it safe at night but a lot of the people I saw riding around the footpaths only had one. Either they had lights and no helmet or a helmet and no lights. During the day there was tons of cyclists riding around not wearing helmets (which was great to see that amount of people out there riding their bike. I personally think the helmet law should be mandatory dependent on road speeds ie +60/70 zones or until youre of a certain age where it then becomes optional).

But missing a sign that's designed to be reflective at night has me asking a few questions.
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