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Near Road Accident Legality Advice

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  • 19-10-2016 12:48pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 55 ✭✭


    Hi all,

    I was wondering if I could get your opinions on the legality of a near incident I had during the harvest.

    Myself and the boss man were drawing home bales of straw from some land away from the yard at the end of the harvest. I was first on the road, and he was following. I'll try my best to describe the road, as it is a little awkward to describe and visualise.

    There is a straight stretch of flat road, approximately 300-400yards long. At the end of this, there is a humpback bridge which forms a bend on the road to the left. If the straight stretch of road was 12 o'clock on a clock face, the bend on the bridge was 10 o'clock, so a decent bend. There is then maybe twenty yards and a bend back to the right at possible 90 degrees (or three o'clock). This band is actually on a steep hill, maybe 50 - 70 yards long hill, where you would be dropping gears..

    So I was leading the way on the straight stretch towards home, loaded (25' trailer). As I was coming to the bend on the bridge, I moved out to the centre of the road to take the bend (as anyone would have to - the bridge would only take a single car). As I was out on the road, I saw this Nissan Qashqai flying down the hill on the far side of the bridge (I was maybe 5 or 10 yards from the foot of the bridge). The minute I saw this car coming, I pulled the front wheels of the tractor in and stopped completely. By the time the driver stopped, her window was level with the steps of the tractor. I shook my head at her is amazement/shock (which was probably the wrong thing to do in hindsight). However she proceeded to let down the window and I opened the door to a lot of abuse!! (although she admitted she was travelling too hard and she was in the wrong). Eventually, my father walked up to see what had happened, she got very upset and ended up crying! And we all went away.


    Although there was no damage done, if there had to of been contact. Who was right and who was wrong?

    I acknowledge that nothing happened and it could have been worse, but out of curiosity.
    Sorry for the long message!

    lostgoat


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,559 ✭✭✭pedigree 6


    lostgoat wrote: »
    Hi all,

    I was wondering if I could get your opinions on the legality of a near incident I had during the harvest.

    Myself and the boss man were drawing home bales of straw from some land away from the yard at the end of the harvest. I was first on the road, and he was following. I'll try my best to describe the road, as it is a little awkward to describe and visualise.

    There is a straight stretch of flat road, approximately 300-400yards long. At the end of this, there is a humpback bridge which forms a bend on the road to the left. If the straight stretch of road was 12 o'clock on a clock face, the bend on the bridge was 10 o'clock, so a decent bend. There is then maybe twenty yards and a bend back to the right at possible 90 degrees (or three o'clock). This band is actually on a steep hill, maybe 50 - 70 yards long hill, where you would be dropping gears..

    So I was leading the way on the straight stretch towards home, loaded (25' trailer). As I was coming to the bend on the bridge, I moved out to the centre of the road to take the bend (as anyone would have to - the bridge would only take a single car). As I was out on the road, I saw this Nissan Qashqai flying down the hill on the far side of the bridge (I was maybe 5 or 10 yards from the foot of the bridge). The minute I saw this car coming, I pulled the front wheels of the tractor in and stopped completely. By the time the driver stopped, her window was level with the steps of the tractor. I shook my head at her is amazement/shock (which was probably the wrong thing to do in hindsight). However she proceeded to let down the window and I opened the door to a lot of abuse!! (although she admitted she was travelling too hard and she was in the wrong). Eventually, my father walked up to see what had happened, she got very upset and ended up crying! And we all went away.


    Although there was no damage done, if there had to of been contact. Who was right and who was wrong?

    I acknowledge that nothing happened and it could have been worse, but out of curiosity.
    Sorry for the long message!

    lostgoat

    It's hard to know who's at fault.
    She saw you (I presume you had the flashers on) and you saw her before the bridge.
    It's a thing of nothing really.

    If that's the worst accident you've had your a lucky man.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,424 ✭✭✭Waffletraktor


    You were stationary and I presume easily visible in the situation from my reading. She was speeding and driving without due care and attention on a hazardous stretch of road, her fault.
    If you notice public buses(here at least) tend to just stop, dead and let you work past them if they meet a wide vehicle coming the other way as if they hit you it's their fault so long as you were stopped and made an effort to let them past.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,239 ✭✭✭Willfarman


    I would say she was completely in the wrong and a bit of a bunt with it.. I think confrontation with people like this tends to stay in the mind for a time unless you are a sociopath. Try not to dwell on it and thank your lucky stars there wasn't a collision.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,647 ✭✭✭✭punisher5112


    Buy a dash Cam or even set up old smart phone to record ahead of you.

    She should be driving at appropriate speed to stop safe but may most likely be 50/50 as narrow roads and that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 55 ✭✭lostgoat


    Hi Guys,
    Thanks for the input.

    @pedigree 6
    I understand and agree that its not really important, but, it just really urked me! And yes, thankfully, it is the only incident I have been near involved in. But at the same time, I would be a pretty cautious driver. I would only ever drive at 35kph with a 50 k box.

    @Waffletraktor
    That's a good point about the buses alright!

    @Willfarman
    Thanks, that's reassuring. It really did stick in the head. Then of course the water works arrived! She was a woman in her late 50s/early 60s

    @punisher5112
    That's actually my worry that it would come down to being 50/50! When myself and the father were discussing it in the yard later, he said he didn't know who would be in the right, because technically, I was taking up more than half the road (but I had to, to get around the bend...)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 715 ✭✭✭MF290


    lostgoat wrote: »
    Hi all,

    I was wondering if I could get your opinions on the legality of a near incident I had during the harvest.

    Myself and the boss man were drawing home bales of straw from some land away from the yard at the end of the harvest. I was first on the road, and he was following. I'll try my best to describe the road, as it is a little awkward to describe and visualise.

    There is a straight stretch of flat road, approximately 300-400yards long. At the end of this, there is a humpback bridge which forms a bend on the road to the left. If the straight stretch of road was 12 o'clock on a clock face, the bend on the bridge was 10 o'clock, so a decent bend. There is then maybe twenty yards and a bend back to the right at possible 90 degrees (or three o'clock). This band is actually on a steep hill, maybe 50 - 70 yards long hill, where you would be dropping gears..

    So I was leading the way on the straight stretch towards home, loaded (25' trailer). As I was coming to the bend on the bridge, I moved out to the centre of the road to take the bend (as anyone would have to - the bridge would only take a single car). As I was out on the road, I saw this Nissan Qashqai flying down the hill on the far side of the bridge (I was maybe 5 or 10 yards from the foot of the bridge). The minute I saw this car coming, I pulled the front wheels of the tractor in and stopped completely. By the time the driver stopped, her window was level with the steps of the tractor. I shook my head at her is amazement/shock (which was probably the wrong thing to do in hindsight). However she proceeded to let down the window and I opened the door to a lot of abuse!! (although she admitted she was travelling too hard and she was in the wrong). Eventually, my father walked up to see what had happened, she got very upset and ended up crying! And we all went away.


    Although there was no damage done, if there had to of been contact. Who was right and who was wrong?

    I acknowledge that nothing happened and it could have been worse, but out of curiosity.
    Sorry for the long message!

    lostgoat
    You were stationary and I presume easily visible in the situation from my reading. She was speeding and driving without due care and attention on a hazardous stretch of road, her fault.
    If you notice public buses(here at least) tend to just stop, dead and let you work past them if they meet a wide vehicle coming the other way as if they hit you it's their fault so long as you were stopped and made an effort to let them past.

    +1 some lorry drivers are the same, can be awful pussys about driving past you. Someone said that the public buses aren't allowed reverse?

    Pet hate of mine is people giving out about 50k tractors going too fast, it's usually the cars that can't stop if they meet you on the road....

    I wouldn't pay much attention to her reaction, probably just got a bit of a land herself.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,006 ✭✭✭emaherx


    lostgoat wrote: »

    @punisher5112
    That's actually my worry that it would come down to being 50/50! When myself and the father were discussing it in the yard later, he said he didn't know who would be in the right, because technically, I was taking up more than half the road (but I had to, to get around the bend...)


    Think this is the most likely outcome, had a similar incident a few weeks ago. Was driving a car on a narrow lane, I saw another car coming around the bend ahead, so I stopped, but the other car tried to continue pass me and hit my car. He proceeded to give out to me about being in the "middle of the road"... "sure look at his car is half way up the ditch". It was a bothereen only wide enough for one car, I was at a complete stop when he struck me but insurance company's said "narrow road means 50/50"

    Just be glad you had a near miss. Think dash cam is the way to go.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,748 ✭✭✭ganmo


    you stopped so worst case its 50/50 and you had your dad as another witness
    dash cameras are very handy esp with the amount of uninsured drivers on the road its a great way of getting unquestionable evidence but im not sure where yad put it a tractor


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,006 ✭✭✭emaherx


    ganmo wrote: »
    you stopped so worst case its 50/50 and you had your dad as another witness
    dash cameras are very handy esp with the amount of uninsured drivers on the road its a great way of getting unquestionable evidence but im not sure where yad put it a tractor

    His Dad is not an independent witness, wouldn't help too much.

    Dash cam is the way to go, but we need about 10 here to cover all the vehicles.

    Some scary videos on YouTube, with idiots jamming on breaks in front of other drivers just to get their claims in.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,748 ✭✭✭ganmo


    emaherx wrote: »
    His Dad is not an independent witness, wouldn't help too much.

    Better than nobody though


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  • Registered Users Posts: 37,296 ✭✭✭✭the_syco


    lostgoat wrote: »
    The minute I saw this car coming, I pulled the front wheels of the tractor in and stopped completely. By the time the driver stopped, her window was level with the steps of the tractor.
    Sounds like she was going too fast.
    ganmo wrote: »
    Better than nobody though
    Actually, no. Equal to nobody.

    =-=

    If you have to take that road often, get a dash cam.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,647 ✭✭✭✭punisher5112


    Also another option would be if possible have a warning car in front as to get others to slow. Could throw on an orange light and use to warn oncoming traffic


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,253 ✭✭✭✭Bass Reeves


    IMO a dash cam would have been no use. In reality it sounds like the road is a too narrow for two vehicles to pass ( I think a road has to be over 16' verge to verge to satisify such legality and green verges cannot be included). I do not think a judge would make a legal decision based on a dash cam no matter how lads would wish they did in such a situation. You have to prove visibility of other driver etc. Even with a dash cam I imagine 50/50 to both parties

    Slava Ukrainii



  • Registered Users Posts: 24,647 ✭✭✭✭punisher5112


    IMO a dash cam would have been no use. In reality it sounds like the road is a too narrow for two vehicles to pass ( I think a road has to be over 16' verge to verge to satisify such legality and green verges cannot be included). I do not think a judge would make a legal decision based on a dash cam no matter how lads would wish they did in such a situation. You have to prove visibility of other driver etc. Even with a dash cam I imagine 50/50 to both parties

    So if I drive into a parked car who's fault is it? Dash Cam would prove very quick also CCTV is used daily.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,253 ✭✭✭✭Bass Reeves


    So if I drive into a parked car who's fault is it? Dash Cam would prove very quick also CCTV is used daily.

    In this case the vehicle was not parked but pulled up on the road. If I was out on ordinary road and stopped in the middle of the road on a turn and someone crashed into me who is in the wrong. As you see I stated that IMO a dash cam in this situation would have not have been any use. A dash cam cannot show the speed of the other car, it is unlikely to show anything but last few seconds of the collision in this case. On narrow roads AFAIK the legal opinion is that unless there is clear clearance for the two vehicles ( again as AFAIK it is a minimun of 16' of tarred road with no green verge on it) then it is deemed 50/50. Just because a bus or lorry stops and you are unable to pass it is not to assume that the travelling vehicle is in the wrong.

    Slava Ukrainii



  • Registered Users Posts: 55 ✭✭lostgoat


    Hi guys,

    Thanks for the replies.
    Well, to be fair, the road itself is wide enough. (over 16 foot - probably 20 foot). It's just the bridge itself is narrow, which I hadn't reached.

    I mentioned this to my office mates in work, and they also thought that my father wouldn't be worth anything as a witness. So does that mean if the other person involved in an accident had a friend or cousin in the car, they wouldn't be credible either?

    So basically, what it comes down to is even though I did nothing wrong, I would have more than likely gotten 50% of the blame. Great! The injustice of it all!

    Okay, thanks all.

    lostgoat


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,497 ✭✭✭rangler1


    lostgoat wrote: »
    Hi guys,

    Thanks for the replies.
    Well, to be fair, the road itself is wide enough. (over 16 foot - probably 20 foot). It's just the bridge itself is narrow, which I hadn't reached.

    I mentioned this to my office mates in work, and they also thought that my father wouldn't be worth anything as a witness. So does that mean if the other person involved in an accident had a friend or cousin in the car, they wouldn't be credible either?

    So basically, what it comes down to is even though I did nothing wrong, I would have more than likely gotten 50% of the blame. Great! The injustice of it all!

    Okay, thanks all.

    lostgoat

    You're not supposed to cross the middle of the road unless it's safe to do so, you would be partially to blame, other driver wouldn't be expecting to meet someone on the wrong side of the road either, did she stay on her own side of the road.
    Pity your father wasn't doing escort in front, if you were going to swing out on the road, where visibility was poor


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,253 ✭✭✭✭Bass Reeves


    lostgoat wrote: »
    Hi guys,

    Thanks for the replies.
    Well, to be fair, the road itself is wide enough. (over 16 foot - probably 20 foot). It's just the bridge itself is narrow, which I hadn't reached.

    I mentioned this to my office mates in work, and they also thought that my father wouldn't be worth anything as a witness. So does that mean if the other person involved in an accident had a friend or cousin in the car, they wouldn't be credible either?

    So basically, what it comes down to is even though I did nothing wrong, I would have more than likely gotten 50% of the blame. Great! The injustice of it all!

    Okay, thanks all.

    lostgoat

    If road is taht wide and you were partically out on other side of road and if other road user was on there own side then you would (more than likly) be in wrong. If you were on the narrow part of the bridge/road then 50/50 unless you are totaly on wrong side of road.

    Slava Ukrainii



  • Registered Users Posts: 55 ✭✭lostgoat


    Well, it was safe to cross the road when I did so. Anyone on this road would have to do so even with a car. It was her speed that made it unsafe, as someone else mentioned earlier, on dangerous roads. You say that the other driver wouldn't be expecting to meet someone on the other side of the road, but as I was lining up to take the bridge, there is only one road.
    Escort vehicle isn't necessary for agricultural vehicles under 3.5m. That would be the same as saying anyone driving a lorry would need an escort??


    I would grudgingly accept that if it came down to it, I would probably be wrong based on the injustice of the system. However, it's for my own peace of mind that I wanted peoples thought on if I was right.

    lostgoat


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,497 ✭✭✭rangler1


    lostgoat wrote: »
    Well, it was safe to cross the road when I did so. Anyone on this road would have to do so even with a car. It was her speed that made it unsafe, as someone else mentioned earlier, on dangerous roads. You say that the other driver wouldn't be expecting to meet someone on the other side of the road, but as I was lining up to take the bridge, there is only one road.
    Escort vehicle isn't necessary for agricultural vehicles under 3.5m. That would be the same as saying anyone driving a lorry would need an escort??


    I would grudgingly accept that if it came down to it, I would probably be wrong based on the injustice of the system. However, it's for my own peace of mind that I wanted peoples thought on if I was right.

    lostgoat

    they'd need an escort if they were going to be driving over the white line,
    obviously your view was impaired by a bend or a hill. and you took the chance


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  • Registered Users Posts: 37,296 ✭✭✭✭the_syco


    Dash cam can be handy to rule out he said/she said arguments. Although it won't show the speed, it could show that the OP had stopped, and that the other car came around the bend at speed. It wonder could it also be used as a impartial witness?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,752 ✭✭✭9935452


    lostgoat wrote: »
    Well, it was safe to cross the road when I did so. Anyone on this road would have to do so even with a car. It was her speed that made it unsafe, as someone else mentioned earlier, on dangerous roads. You say that the other driver wouldn't be expecting to meet someone on the other side of the road, but as I was lining up to take the bridge, there is only one road.
    Escort vehicle isn't necessary for agricultural vehicles under 3.5m. That would be the same as saying anyone driving a lorry would need an escort??


    I would grudgingly accept that if it came down to it, I would probably be wrong based on the injustice of the system. However, it's for my own peace of mind that I wanted peoples thought on if I was right.

    lostgoat

    Ive seen a good bit of stuff like this over the years.
    As the other lads say it would probably be 50 50 in insurance eyes.

    Whats going against you here is you you were in the middle of the road.
    #the term ' if it is safe to do so' comes to mind. You say it was safe when you moved but if there was an accident , was it safe to do so?
    Her insurance would state that it was safe to start the manouver but not to complete it
    I know of a contractor in clare coming home from work with an agitator one night driving in the hard shoulder letting off cars. A car drove into the back of him. He was at fault because you can use the hard shoulder to let off cars if it is safe to do so. if there is an accident it obviously wasnt safe to do so.

    Another thing is she got over the bridge before you . She might have thought you were waiting at that side of the bridge to let her off only to get to the other side to find you blocking her half of the road.

    Because of your higher driving position you saw her coming too fast.
    You could see her , she probably couldnt see you . you could have used your horn to alert her of your presence and got her to slow down.
    If there was a tip her speed wouldnt come into it, she would claim that she was going at a safe speed. You would see her story changing a lot if there was a tip.

    You seem to be getting defensive when rangler mentioned an escort .
    It might not be required by law but wouldnt it have been good practice and common sense if you father went in front of you. ? especially when ye knew there was a narrow bridge with bends that ye knew you would have to cross over the middle of the road.
    If there was an accident im sure the insurance company would have questioned this.
    Whenever we are out with the bale trailer the loader tractor always does escort duty for that exact reason, to slow cars down.
    A contractor up the road always sents an escort out in front of the harvester even though its not legally required but advised to do so by the insurance company. it might just be a silage trailer out in front.


    Im not trying to point fingers or assign blame here but i know from my own experience that when it comes to cars/tractors on the road generally the tractor has to give way more often and take more care and pay more attention on the road.
    ive seen a good few accidents involving young lads at silage where the yound lad technically would be in the right but a bit of common sense and experience and the accident would never have happened.


  • Registered Users Posts: 55 ✭✭lostgoat


    Hi 9935452,

    She only got over the bridge before me because of her speed and that I was able to stop in good time.

    Why wouldn't her speed come into it? That's a genuine question, I thought you should be able to travel at a speed that you can stop without damage to anyone/anything? Expect the unexpected?

    My father was pulling a trailer of straw also, so sending him first is much for muchness. I am fairly sure you legally have to have an escort for a harvester - either a car or tractor, whatever. Open to correction on that though.

    I would definitely agree that her story would be quite different if this had turned out differently!

    I'm not at all trying to sound defensive and I am taking all your points on board. I really appreciate all points. But it is infuriating being told that you would be wrong. Again, I am thankful that this is all just a memory of a near miss..

    Thanks again for all,
    lostgoat


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,185 ✭✭✭✭Base price


    lostgoat wrote: »
    Well, it was safe to cross the road when I did so. Anyone on this road would have to do so even with a car. It was her speed that made it unsafe, as someone else mentioned earlier, on dangerous roads. You say that the other driver wouldn't be expecting to meet someone on the other side of the road, but as I was lining up to take the bridge, there is only one road.
    Escort vehicle isn't necessary for agricultural vehicles under 3.5m. That would be the same as saying anyone driving a lorry would need an escort??


    I would grudgingly accept that if it came down to it, I would probably be wrong based on the injustice of the system. However, it's for my own peace of mind that I wanted peoples thought on if I was right.

    lostgoat

    I think that the overall width limit for "normal" tractor & trailers is 2.55m and bigger tractors with unladen weight of 7.25 tons can be 2.75m. There are additional widths for tractors with flotation/dual tyres and forage harvesters.
    If your trailer was carrying a double row of 4' bales on the flat of the trailer then you are under the width limit but if the bales are 4'6" then you are over the legal width.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,752 ✭✭✭9935452


    lostgoat wrote: »
    Hi 9935452,

    She only got over the bridge before me because of her speed and that I was able to stop in good time.

    Why wouldn't her speed come into it? That's a genuine question, I thought you should be able to travel at a speed that you can stop without damage to anyone/anything? Expect the unexpected?

    My father was pulling a trailer of straw also, so sending him first is much for muchness. I am fairly sure you legally have to have an escort for a harvester - either a car or tractor, whatever. Open to correction on that though.

    I would definitely agree that her story would be quite different if this had turned out differently!

    I'm not at all trying to sound defensive and I am taking all your points on board. I really appreciate all points. But it is infuriating being told that you would be wrong. Again, I am thankful that this is all just a memory of a near miss..

    Thanks again for all,
    lostgoat

    As i said she would claim she was going at a safe speed.
    You say she admitted she was going too fast but this was after a near miss when she was in shock after being told by a farmer and his son she was going too fast.
    Looking at it from her side, she came down the road, bridge was clear crossed the bridge only to find a tractor stopped up blocking the road for which she stopped without hitting it.
    Plus what speed was she doing? you dont really know , its an opinion she was going too fast. She could be at home saying to her husband that the tractor was going too fast for the load he was carrying , road conditions etc which put him in the middle of the road stopped.


    Regarding the escort issue, up to 3.5m wide you dont need an escort for self propelled agricultural machinery. Above this you do.
    Around me most harvesters are 3.0m wide because of the pickup is a 3m pickup. Some of the bigger stuff is hitting 11 feet because of tyres but this still falls with the 3.5 m limit.
    IMO its just good practice to have an escort regardless
    Its in the RSA documents
    http://www.rsa.ie/Documents/Revised%20Standards%20for%20Agricultural%20Vehicles%202015%20Nov.pdf

    BTW you said in a post above that an escort vehicle isnt needed for agricultural vehicle under 3.5m. Now you are saying you are pretty sure one is needed.??

    Another thing that makes me think is, you say the road is probably 20 feet wide. A car is in or around 6 feet wide. To block her from passing you, you must have been well over on her side of the road .


  • Registered Users Posts: 55 ✭✭lostgoat


    I'm not trying to wage a war here or anything, just trying to get informed and peoples opinions, and hopefully learn something that can help me in the future.

    Would brake marks not account for a measure of the other vehicles speed?
    If there had to have been an accident, would the guards have been able to see that the road conditions were okay and the load was fine?

    With all respect, and I mean this, you are kind of implying that we jumped down off the tractor and shouted at her that she was in the wrong. I never left the tractor and my father wandered up after a while with his hands behind his back to see if all was okay. She did 85% of the talking. She actually said first that she was going too fast, that she was in a hurry. I never got the opportunity to "accuse" her.

    The straight stretch of the road, is probably 20ft, but I have yet to see a bridge that is only wide enough for one car to appear in the middle of a road that wide. You have to see that the sides of the road taper into the bridge (which is one car wide) and the bridge is an actual bend in the road. There is no 'her side' of the road on a one car bridge..

    So do you think I was wrong to stop the tractor? Should I have kept driving over the bridge?

    I said that I am fairly sure you need an escort for a harvester - as it is over 3.5. (a modern combine harvester - if we are splitting hairs the smaller ones would be under 3.5, but a modern high output machine would be over 3.5, plus it could probably have the header in tow.

    Yeah, they were 4' bales, so we were under.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,253 ✭✭✭✭Bass Reeves


    lostgoat

    At the end of the day if the road was too narrow then it would end up 50/50. You would still be the loser as more than likely the most of the damage would be done to her car. You were right to stop and hope for the best. A Garda could not give a professional opinion and in reality if called unless someone was killed or seriously injured they tell you it was a civil matter for both parties. It is highly unlikly that they would measure the road and give an opinion. Remember in court you get the law not justice.

    What she said to you was immaterial as it is your word against her's. If there was an accident she would be much more composed before the Gardai arrived. Also IMO no judge will give an opinion of speed off any camera. There has been cases thrown out of court over speeding camera's and guns not being calibrated. Treat it as a near miss and learn from it it was a cheap lesson

    Slava Ukrainii



  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,497 ✭✭✭rangler1


    lostgoat wrote: »
    I'm not trying to wage a war here or anything, just trying to get informed and peoples opinions, and hopefully learn something that can help me in the future.

    Would brake marks not account for a measure of the other vehicles speed?
    If there had to have been an accident, would the guards have been able to see that the road conditions were okay and the load was fine?

    With all respect, and I mean this, you are kind of implying that we jumped down off the tractor and shouted at her that she was in the wrong. I never left the tractor and my father wandered up after a while with his hands behind his back to see if all was okay. She did 85% of the talking. She actually said first that she was going too fast, that she was in a hurry. I never got the opportunity to "accuse" her.

    The straight stretch of the road, is probably 20ft, but I have yet to see a bridge that is only wide enough for one car to appear in the middle of a road that wide. You have to see that the sides of the road taper into the bridge (which is one car wide) and the bridge is an actual bend in the road. There is no 'her side' of the road on a one car bridge..

    So do you think I was wrong to stop the tractor? Should I have kept driving over the bridge?

    I said that I am fairly sure you need an escort for a harvester - as it is over 3.5. (a modern combine harvester - if we are splitting hairs the smaller ones would be under 3.5, but a modern high output machine would be over 3.5, plus it could probably have the header in tow.

    Yeah, they were 4' bales, so we were under.

    You're not explaining it very well, usually the first person on the bridge has right of way, so was she first on the bridge and you blocked her exit,
    If you had been on your own side of the road, would she have drove by without incident.
    I've a yard on an outfarm and if an artic is collecting stock he reverses out on the road after, do i not need to stand on the road when he's reversing out.
    He's under 3.5mtrs so doesn't need an escort.
    Because that's basically what you're doing, making a dangerous manouvre without warning oncoming traffic


  • Registered Users Posts: 55 ✭✭lostgoat


    Rangler1
    I know I'm not explaining it well. Sorry.
    If I hadn't have stopped, I would have been first on the bridge, BUT I know 100% that if I had, she wouldn't have been able to stop without hitting me..

    Well, would your suggestion about reversing the artic out be a different scenario? You would be entering a public highway (roadway). (that's a question, don't want to be termed as getting defensive again! :)

    That's probably the truest words ever spoken! You get the law, not justice, thanks Bass Reeves! That in itself sums it up for me.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,174 ✭✭✭✭Muckit


    rangler1 wrote: »
    I've a yard on an outfarm and if an artic is collecting stock he reverses out on the road after, do i not need to stand on the road when he's reversing out.

    If we're being technical, reversing ANY vehicle onto a public rd is illegal. You waving him out doesn't make a blind bit of difference. He should everse into your yard and drive out.


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