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  • 19-05-2018 9:42pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 4,699 ✭✭✭


    Was out for a cycle with my friend, car overtakes us approaching a speed ramp, then slows for the ramp allowing my friend to pass back up to about rear passenger window, I was about three metres behind.
    Car then indicates for left hand turn which was about 20ft beyond the ramp and edges in to approx. 45cm from the kerb..i am 2 metres behind, decide that they are making the turn and hit the brakes as hard as I can.
    At the same time car has spotted my friend, about level with passenger window, and has jammed on. My bike is already flipping as I hit the rear of the car, I've somehow managed to flip to the lhs of the car, cuts and bruises and a very stiff knee, bike carries on and breaks the rear window.
    Driver is claiming they saw us and said I just ran into the back of them.

    Any advice or opinions welcome..


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,153 ✭✭✭jimbobaloobob


    Have you notified the guards and got a reg and details?


  • Registered Users Posts: 147 ✭✭ccmp


    Sorry but it reads like this to an observer.
    Regardless of what went before, You went to undertake a car and hit him from behind.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,699 ✭✭✭standardg60


    Sorry should have said they rang the guards, but moved the car before consulting me and before they arrived.
    First thing the guard said to me was that they had their indicator on..
    I've yet to make a statement, was a bit shook up at the time so only really coming to terms with it now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,153 ✭✭✭jimbobaloobob


    Did you get the 1.5m space or does that come into it?


  • Registered Users Posts: 36,167 ✭✭✭✭ED E


    Did you get the 1.5m space or does that come into it?

    Not important, he rear ended the car.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,587 ✭✭✭circular flexing


    The driver made a couple of mistakes (overtaking near a speed ramp, not seeing your friend until late) but unfortunately it's 100% your fault that you rear ended the car.


  • Registered Users Posts: 970 ✭✭✭rushfan


    Sorry should have said they rang the guards, but moved the car before consulting me and before they arrived. First thing the guard said to me was that they had their indicator on.. I've yet to make a statement, was a bit shook up at the time so only really coming to terms with it now.


    And how did the guard know that the driver had the indicator on????


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,699 ✭✭✭standardg60


    Did you get the 1.5m space or does that come into it?

    It was a 50km zone so a metre is suggested..the car edged in to less than half of that. I probably could have squeezed through but having no way of knowing whether the driver was going to continue with the manoeuvre there was no way I was going into that space


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,153 ✭✭✭jimbobaloobob


    Where were you planning to go by squeezing through?


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 20,405 Mod ✭✭✭✭Weepsie


    Insurance purposes you're liable.

    However, I'd be informing their insurance company of their dangerous/poor driving and making sure they're aware of the accident too.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,699 ✭✭✭standardg60


    Intrigued by the replies so far..is a car entitled to take up my space on the road just by an indicator.
    In a split second I took the lesser of two evils..self preservation kicks in.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 20,366 Mod ✭✭✭✭RacoonQueen


    I don't really understand. The car was stopped by the time the collision occurred? where was your friend at this stage? And where did it happen? With speed ramps it sounds like you could have been urban and they could have been trying to left hook you but it's not really overly clear from your post.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 20,405 Mod ✭✭✭✭Weepsie


    ccmp wrote: »
    Sorry but it reads like this to an observer.
    Regardless of what went before, You went to undertake a car and hit him from behind.

    It's not undertaking. It's overtaking on the left. It's an important distinction and I think is legislated for.

    Also, it sounds as though he was behind the car, waiting for it to turn, but it didn't.

    But again, you're liable as you've gone into the back.

    Now if they had just passed you and then instantly stopped, they'd probably be told where to go and have some serious questions to answer themselves but doesn't sound the case.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 20,405 Mod ✭✭✭✭Weepsie


    Intrigued by the replies so far..is a car entitled to take up my space on the road just by an indicator.
    In a split second I took the lesser of two evils..self preservation kicks in.

    If the car was ahead of you when indicating, I think you should be giving way to then to turn unless you're in a separate lane. Space means nothing if your in the same lane, but just to to the left.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,699 ✭✭✭standardg60


    Where were you planning to go by squeezing through?

    I was going straight..they were turning left, my friend was already in the junction so he had enough room on his left. I hadn't reached the junction so that was the gap between the car and the kerb.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,587 ✭✭✭circular flexing


    Intrigued by the replies so far..is a car entitled to take up my space on the road just by an indicator.
    In a split second I took the lesser of two evils..self preservation kicks in.

    As mentioned, rear endings are 100% the fault of the person who was behind, there is no discussion about that.

    In your case, I think the onus is on you to be aware of your surroundings. I don't know the junction in question but when I do see junctions ahead I assume that any cars in my vicinity are going to take them (particularly left hand turns) and I adjust accordingly. It's defensive cycling 101.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,153 ✭✭✭jimbobaloobob


    I was going straight..they were turning left, my friend was already in the junction so he had enough room on his left. I hadn't reached the junction so that was the gap between the car and the kerb.


    Sorry OP but if you had intended to go straight on and go up the left your in the wrong. I wish you well and glad your not injured.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,479 ✭✭✭denismc


    Intrigued by the replies so far..is a car entitled to take up my space on the road just by an indicator. In a split second I took the lesser of two evils..self preservation kicks in.


    If he was in front of you when he indicated and you were not in a cycle lane then yes he has right of way.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,529 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder


    As mentioned, rear endings are 100% the fault of the person who was behind, there is no discussion about that.
    not if the car overtakes and then slams on, if i understand correctly. but it's not clear if this is what happened above.
    regardless of legalities, to overtake a cyclist while planning to make a left turn just past the cyclist is a dick move, even if that might not help you legally.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,587 ✭✭✭circular flexing


    not if the car overtakes and then slams on, if i understand correctly. but it's not clear if this is what happened above.


    It is assumed to be the fault of the person behind, it would then be up to that person to prove otherwise (in my experience).
    regardless of legalities, to overtake a cyclist while planning to make a left turn just past the cyclist is a dick move, even if that might not help you legally.

    Agreed.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,699 ✭✭✭standardg60


    Wide road, we were going approx. 20km per hour, car on outside, minor road to left, no lights etc.
    Car indicates to take left 20ft before turn, friend level with car, me 2 metres behind, car veers in to take turn,spots my friend and stops.
    My friend has enough room, I don't.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,150 ✭✭✭how.gareth


    Wide road, we were going approx. 20km per hour, car on outside, minor road to left, no lights etc.
    Car indicates to take left 20ft before turn, friend level with car, me 2 metres behind, car veers in to take turn,spots my friend and stops.
    My friend has enough room, I don't.

    It kind of sounds like you saw what was going to happen but didn’t do enough to avoid it


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,359 ✭✭✭jon1981


    Sounds like he overtook you too close to the turn, didnt spot your friend, jammed on to avoid him and left you with little options but to hope your brakes stopped you in time.

    I'd put 70% blame on the car. I think you could have avoided it too by reading the situation earlier but id call what he did dangerous driving.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,529 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder


    It is assumed to be the fault of the person behind, it would then be up to that person to prove otherwise (in my experience).
    well, let's look at it this way. speaking hypothetically for now, this is not necessarily a comment on the above.
    in what circumstance could a cyclist get close enough to rear end a car, in a situation where it might be expected that the cyclist was doing 25-30km/h, and the car was doing 50km/h?
    the above implies that the car must have very recently performed an overtake; that much is easy enough to assume.
    that said, i've been in a situation where i rear ended a car in vaguely similar circumstances and took the incident (both literally and figuratively) on the chin.


  • Registered Users Posts: 399 ✭✭estariol


    Weepsie wrote: »
    Insurance purposes you're liable.

    However, I'd be informing their insurance company of their dangerous/poor driving and making sure they're aware of the accident too.

    Wan't to elaborate on how that works??

    That seems to be a meaningless catchall statement people seem to throw around, liability is never that simple. I'm in a similar situation to the op in that I went through the rear window of a car that emergency braked when a football came in to the road.
    I'm still unsure how it will pan out but I would be surprised if the car drivers insurance company came after me for the cost of a rear window.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,510 ✭✭✭✭fritzelly


    If you were 2 metres behind your mate how could you have gone into the back of him?
    Something doesn't add up.
    If the car is indicating and you are behind you should be letting him turn and go on the right.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,150 ✭✭✭how.gareth


    estariol wrote: »
    Wan't to elaborate on how that works??

    That seems to be a meaningless catchall statement people seem to throw around, liability is never that simple. I'm in a similar situation to the op in that I went through the rear window of a car that emergency braked when a football came in to the road.
    I'm still unsure how it will pan out but I would be surprised if the car drivers insurance company came after me for the cost of a rear window.

    If I skidded to avoid a football and a cyclist came through my back window as a result I would certainly not be claiming off the poor fecker regardless of who was at fault


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,019 ✭✭✭ct5amr2ig1nfhp


    This is simply not true. It depends on the situation.

    I have had someone left hook me and I ran into the back of him. "100%" the fault of the driver. :rolleyes:

    I have also had someone reverse into me at a set of traffic lights. Not a rear ending but he claimed i hit him. Thankfully I had witnesses. It was actually after this incident I decided to get a cam for the bike.
    As mentioned, rear endings are 100% the fault of the person who was behind, there is no discussion about that.
    ...


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,699 ✭✭✭standardg60


    The driver stated that they were intending on doing a U-turn in the junction and were unfamiliar with the area, so could have only indicated when they saw that it was suitable. If they'd indicated earlier I would have kept well back.
    Even though they'd just overtaken us they had no idea we were there, my friend would have been creamed had he not been further forward and in the drivers eyeline.
    Is it not part of the rules of the road to check mirrors before commencing any manoeuvre?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,699 ✭✭✭standardg60


    fritzelly wrote: »
    If you were 2 metres behind your mate how could you have gone into the back of him?
    Something doesn't add up.
    If the car is indicating and you are behind you should be letting him turn and go on the right.

    I was 2 metres behind the car at 20km per hour..we never changed speed, car overtook us at 30, slowed for ramp at which point we caught up, car was at least 1 metre outside us at this stage. All then travelling at 20 after ramp, friend upsides car and me two metres behind, so three to four behind my friend.
    Car then indicates and begins to move in decreasing gap, slowing so friend goes by, spots friend then and jams on.
    At the same time i'm deciding whether to try and squeeze through an ever decreasing gap and go under a turning car or run into the back of them.


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