pwa wrote:My neighbour fell off his roof a few years ago whilst trying to fix a broken ridge tile. Had he died, nobody would have pointed out that there should be no death penalty for falling off a roof.
In effect, they might have, by pointing out that a safety harness should have been used. Compare with:
Safety nets could have been used under the roof space, a safety harness could have been worn and barriers put around the skylights, the jury was told.
"This is undoubtedly a tragedy for him, but the uncomfortable truth is it should have been avoided," Mr Wicks said.
(The employer was cleared of manslaughter and no verdict was reached on whether it was careless http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-be ... s-29625761
- but still, someone pointed it out, contrary to pwa's expectation.)
What bothers me most about some people's response to this incident is the lack of shock at the poor cycling that, at the very least, was a major contributory factor. It's as if some of us think we have no responsibility to look after ourselves because that is always somebody else's job. I'm all for blaming lorry drivers when they have done something wrong, but in this case we have to look a bit closer to home.
Why would you expect shock? We know it (and much worse) happens and poor road designers even encourage it in similar situations by painting cycle lanes on the inside of left curves through traffic lights. https://firstname.lastname@example.org ... WOSqZw!2e0
for one soon-to-be-removed example (which has probably had only one serious collision nearby mainly because that curve isn't so sharp, there are ways to avoid that nasty junction in most directions - including riding across the pelicans between the car parks like the pictured cyclist does - and most remaining riders ignore the lane).
We also know lorry drivers don't watch their sides like the Highway Code tells them to, so we're not shocked by that either. Both are wrong and it's also wrong that the road layouts are like that one. This time, everyone failed and we all lose, but the cyclist paid the ultimate price and that was avoidable in many ways. Why is it that some people seem happy to excuse everyone's mistakes except the one who can no longer argue back?