Cycling in Brisbane Australia
And remember folks: "cycling is dangerous"
I knew I shouldn't, but I read the comments anyway.
I think it's just plain old jealousy from most of the comments. Too lazy to jump on a bike themselves, and so get stuck in traffic in their cages. Which is of course cyclists fault.
I read the comments even though I know exactly what I’m going to see and that they are going to anger me.
I'm not going to click!
I think you do!
Wish I hadn't. Yup, you win Damian. I was hit by a car 2 weeks ago in the evening. I had flashing lights front and rear and reflective socks on. I went from her bonnet to the ground in quick succession. She came out of a side street and didn't see me. At the time she was very apologetic and willing to cover any costs. So I took my bike (a flat bar roadie) in to get a quote $245. I messaged the lady back and this was the response: after thinking about what happened & doing my finances I will only be able to afford to pay halve of that bill, I have had to pay for my mother in laws car to be repaired. Hope u find this proposal fair as we were both equally responsible as I failed to see u riding in the dark due to lack of night reflective safety gear on ur bike.
I don't think I need to say anymore about the responses in the Daily Telegraph based on that mentality!!
You must have been wearing one of these.
That's unfortunate and I hope you are OK - and the bike is just a bike and they still make them, so you can always get another.
"after thinking about what happened & doing my finances I will only be able to afford to pay halve of that bill, I have had to pay for my mother in laws car to be repaired. Hope u find this proposal fair as we were both equally responsible as I failed to see u riding in the dark due to lack of night reflective safety gear on ur bike."
People need to be accountable for their actions. The part about the "mother-in-laws' car and the finances may or may not be true, but you are not the cause of that. If you had a reflector on the back, and lights front and back, and you were riding legally then you did nothing wrong and you were not equally at fault.
I wonder just how much damage you and your bike did to the car, that the other person could not afford to fix? Could be just saving a bit of money at your expense.
Were it me, I would have filed a report at the local Police Station as a matter of course. What the Police Department did about it is their business, but the matter would be recorded should this matter be or need to be taken further, and you would have your side of the story on the record. It also goes into the statistics as a location where an accident occurred, and where a cyclist was hit.
Sorry to hear mate. Sounds like ..
Sorry Mate I Didn't See You (SMIDSY) which translated = "I didn't look and so I've run into you. If I just say I didn't see you and blame something about you I may be able to offset some or all of the blame for my carelessness onto you, the victim.
I think it's a great policy to call the cops at any accident.
I'd be offering to get confirmation of legal responsibility from the police, if she has any doubts.
Claiming a SMIDSYs don't absolve your legal liabilities.