Roinik wrote:Both of you can get back in your box. Obviously I don't wish this on anyone, driver or rider, however the law is the law. In this case the truck is deemed to be at fault and the driver is likely to lose his licence. Unfortunately for him it will probably lead to him losing his livelihood given that the charge is likely to be culpable driving, attack with a deadly weapon or even attempted murder (depending on the prosecutor's determination to see a conviction or this is a repeat offence). Maybe next time he and others will think twice about saving a minute or so off their travel time by pushing past a cyclist (if this was the case - as is often in truck-bicycle incidents). I deal with trucks and truck drivers all the time (I also hold a heavy truck licence) so I'm well aware of the driver attitudes and the perceived time pressures. Nonetheless, all vehicles are required to give sufficient space to other road users so that they do not place the other road users into danger (bicycles included!). Yes, I am taking the liberty of assuming that Craig was in the right and riding appropriately to the conditions as most cyclists do. I think that there are sufficient comments to highlight that this road is dangerous and requires an appropriate alternative route to be implemented (once again, based on comments here). So, before you have a go at me you self righteous pair, give a little thought to the people involved here. My comments are applicable anywhere, in any city, in all states. My main wishes are to the injured party to have a speedy recovery.
Should I also get in my box? From your explanation above my immediate question as to whether you had any info is answered. In case it has escaped your attention, and regardless of any deeming by the law, sometimes it is not the fault of the driver.
You got two things right - you are assuming and you are taking liberties. Getting uppity on the response you got was NOT right, Eldavo's was fair comment. You also seem to assumed that MartyMoose was also criticising you. Big on assumptions.
I had a mate who ran out behind a bus once onto a main road - got a broken leg for his troubles. He and everyone else knew there was nothing the driver could have done other than to drive at 8kph the whoel way on an arterial road at peak hour. No charges shoudl have been made and none were..
Until there is something otherwise known, then my thoughts are with both the rider and the driver.