Car 'doing U-turn' hits group of cyclists in West End,Brisbane

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Car 'doing U-turn' hits group of cyclists in West End,Brisbane

Postby Thoglette » Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:41 am

Car 'doing U-turn' hits group of cyclists in Brisbane
Isobel Roe ABC News wrote:
A driver who may have been blinded by the sun runs into a group of cyclists at West End, in inner-city Brisbane, injuring five people, including one who has critical head injuries.

It is believed the car was doing a U-turn in front of the five cyclists and glare from the sun may have blinded the driver before the incident on Dornoch Terrace about 6:20am.

The cyclists, aged between 45 and 55, have suffered injuries including broken bones and concussion.

The 45-year-old in the group has critical head injuries and was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

The four others were transported to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.
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Re: Car 'doing U-turn' hits group of cyclists in West End,Brisbane

Postby fatherofmany » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:08 am

Or they may have checked for cars, seen none about and done the U without looking for any other road users. Just maybe :?

My theory is that most motorists know that they are in a car, and therefore look for cars, forgetting about other road users. how else do you explain "I didn't see the bus/pedestrian/bike/truck/etc when I pulled out from the kerb"? They weren't looking for anything other than the familiar.

Just bad driving skills impacting (no pun intended) the lives of others.


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Re: Car 'doing U-turn' hits group of cyclists in West End,Brisbane

Postby tcdev » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:45 am

"I'm blinded by the sun. Oh well, I'll just do a U-turn and hope for the best..." :(
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Re: Car 'doing U-turn' hits group of cyclists in West End,Brisbane

Postby gorilla monsoon » Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:30 pm

The manual says that a U-turn can only be performed "when it is safe to do so". Which means if the driver was blinded by the sun it was unsafe to perform the action, therefore he/she is automatically at fault.
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Re: Car 'doing U-turn' hits group of cyclists in West End,Brisbane

Postby ValleyForge » Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:27 am

There was a follow up article on the ABC news but nothing regarding the driver or the injured.
Any updates?
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