Cycling in Sydney Australia
I got sideswiped by ute towing a flatbed trailer last year. I ended up loosing it and on the ground, tear in my panier where the trailer clipped me. He saw me but didn't stop - he'd just crossed double lines to attempt to pass me, so was impossible for him to have been oblivious to me being on the road. i went to the police, they took a statement and looked up the rego of trailer but they couldn't find it in their system (explained it may have been interstate or unregistered?) so the guy go off scott free. What really pissed me off was it was on a busy street (Edgeware rd) at peak hour and not one motorist stopped to help me out, i even got a honk when i was trying to get my things together which had spread across the road.
Hard to tell if he knew he hit me or not, but i know he saw the aftermath because he was looking at me in his mirrors. People forget that they are towing and don't leave adequate space when changing lanes. best example i've of this was a spectacular crash down in wollongong involving a car towing a boat, and a truck. boat trailer clipped truck, flipped, boat got airbiorne and skidded down the road.
maybe an answer is that motorists should have to pass an additional driving competency test to allow them to tow trailers.
It's tempting to go out there tomorrow and film for a while, see how many other close calls there are. I checked with our civil guys at work to make sure it wasn't our project...because you're right, the temporary traffic measures in place are not safe.
The driver simply forgot he was towing a trailer. The moron.
I think so too. But imagine what would have happened if the trailer was one of those with wheels sticking out - like a car trailer. They frighten me a bit.
I have just got this update from ninemsn. I am calling bullshit on the claim by the motorist that he was not aware of what happened. Since I moved to the ACT I have had 1 major incident - I will spare you the details. The link to the story is here
A driver who side-swiped a cyclist with his trailer may face charges after the rider went to police with video of the incident.
The motorist involved in the accident, who did not want to be identified, told ninemsn he did not stop after the collision because he did not know he had hit the cyclist.
The cyclist was riding through a construction zone on Cotter Road, Weston, on Tuesday morning when the driver sped up and veered across his path to make a last-minute left-hand turn.
Video of the incident, filmed by a fellow rider with a helmet-mounted camera, shows the fluro-clad cyclist
riding in a bicycle lane before the silver Commodore cuts him off and clips his front wheel.
Remarkably, the shaken rider manages to stay on two wheels and can be heard asking, "Did you get that on video?"
The motorist, a Jim’s Mowing franchisee, said he had only found out about the cyclist being hit after he was contacted by the company who seen their advertising on his trailer in the video.
“I wasn’t aware of what happened. I thought I had cleared the driver so I just went on with my day,” he said.
The man said he had since contacted the cyclist by email to apologise and explain what had happened.
ACT Police confirmed to ninemsn they have made contact with the motorist and are considering whether to press charges.
The YouTube clip, which has been viewed 42,616 times since being posted on Tuesday, has provoked heated debate over who was in the right.
Sources: ACT Police, motorist (name withheld)
Author: Matthew Henry. Approving editor: Henri Paget
There has been "heated debate over who was in the right"? Really? I was under the impression it was clear cut.
Not knowing that you hit someone is no excuse. It just means you weren't driving with due care and attention.
Agree completely - you wouldn't fly with a captain who had a histo
Hmm, dunno what happened there. What I wrote was:
Agree completely - you wouldn't fly with a captaom who had a history of "not seeing things".
Only partly by choice - such captains would no doubt be rather self-limiting.