Biker killed on Tilden
Original post made by Joe, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jun 21, 2010
When a biker has an accident on a windy road which is barely wide enough for two cars because he figures that he has the right to "share" the road and that the responsibility for their safety rests with the drivers; he then alters his as well as the driver's lives. If he becomes a parapelegic then he will sue the driver for everything he's got and more. The drivers and all his children in the car will all be scarred forever witnessing the biker's blood, bones, and intenstines splattered all over the road. The biker will try his hardest to destroy the driver's life because, after all, it is the driver's responsibility to accomodate the risks the bikers take.
I no longer enjoy driving up Mt Diablo, or around Tilden, or even through town because I am worried that a biker will flash through a stopsign in front of me, or will be right there at a bend in a mountain road at the same time another car is coming around, leaving me with a choice on whether to hit the car head-on or to swerve taking the biker's life...
To operate an automobile on our roads cars are required to have safety features such as airbags, crumple zones, ABS, and stability control. They are federally required to keep the drivers safe.Any vehicle made to operate on our roads must have these safety features. Why is it ok for bicycles to operate on our roads, which have to follow the same rules of the roads as cars, be allow to use the roads without any of these safety features?
Im afraid that what will eventually happen is eventually so many bicyclists will be injured or killed, ruining their lives as well as innocent drivers, that they will have to change the laws on what vehicles will be allowed to use the roads. This isnt a "rights" issue; its a common sense safety issue.
The other option is a no-fault accident policy where if you bike on a road you take all the responsibility for your safety and if there is an accident then you cannot sue the driver.
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