I’ve been asked many times if I’m happy with the outcome of the road traffic collision that I was involved in late last year.
The simple answer is yes.
I was involved in a RTC in 2009 where a car pulled out or a minor road into my path on a major road, hitting me side on and sending me flying. It was totally the drivers fault but the police could prove nothing, my only witness left the scene without leaving any details so it was the drivers word against mine as to what happened. The case was dropped and I was left to fight the insurance company to cover my costs. The driver obviously got no punishment for the actions he took.
This case was similar, take away my video footage and it is next to impossible to prove exactly what happened. Add the video footage and it is clear to see that the driver crosses through a bus lane without first checking what was in it. That is what made the big difference in this case!
Was the ‘punishment’ enough? I certainly think so, a 6 point increase on your license is substantial if you have a clean license, add that onto other points and you are very close to losing your license. I’m not aware if the driver had any points on their license before the incident.
The fine might not have been as substantial as some might think, but a £350 fine is still enough to make a dent in the average person.
More importantly the whole experience for the driver will make him think twice about how he drives on the road.
A few have commented and said it was my fault for cycling as i was. I certainly could have read it better but the bottom line is it is the responsibility of the road user that is turning across the lanes of traffic to look for moving vehicles. As Magnatom says
Hindsight – It turns average cyclists into perfect cyclists.