A cabdriver involved in a New York taxi accident that resulted in the amputation of the leg of a British tourist, has blamed a bicyclist who he says banged on his car and behaved aggressively towards him, for the accident.
The bicyclist is a messenger who is being dragged into the accident that has made headlines in the Big Apple. According to reports, the cab ran up on the curb, and struck the British tourist, a 23-year-old woman who had just arrived in the city on holiday. The woman suffered serious leg injuries, and had to have her leg amputated.
According to the taxi driver, the messenger had behaved very aggressively towards him, and had banged his car just before the accident. The cab driver claims that the noise startled him, and he slammed on the accelerator pedal, running up the curb.
Investigators are particularly looking at the role of the bicyclist / courier messenger in causing this accident. Not surprisingly, the taxi driver’s federation, are rooting for the taxi driver, and are making claims about the dangers of speeding bicyclists on the roads. According to the Federation of Taxi Drivers, taxi drivers are often in danger from speeding bicycles.
California bicycle accident lawyers have recently found a very disturbing trend in which bicyclists are being blamed for accidents that often don't even involve them. There seems to be a very hostile attitude that targets bicyclists, and this sort of attitude is being seen not just in California, but across the country. Bicyclists are a very vulnerable section of the population in that there are very few loud voices advocating the rights of bicyclists, and protecting them during incidents like these.
A video posted on YouTube shows a pair of bicyclists in Colorado being harassed and honked at incessantly by an SUV driver. The video has gone viral, and has focused attention on the kind of harassment and abuse that bicyclists very often face.
In the video, the 2 bicyclists are seen riding their bicycles at the side of the road, leaving plenty of space for the large SUV to pass through. However, the SUV driver has other plans. He insists on driving slowly behind the bicyclists, honking nonstop, with his intention clearly being to provoke the bicyclists, distract them and possibly even injure them. That the bicyclists do not rise to the bait and are not provoked is a testament to their sense of responsibility.
The 2 bicyclists continued to ride minding their own business, but one of them took footage of the motorist’s harassment on his cell phone. He posted the footage on YouTube, and now, police officers are investigating the incident.
California bicycle attorneys say that this entire incident has raised more attention to the problem that many bicyclists face around the country, and especially in the state of California. Hostility between motorists and bicyclists is nothing new, and any bicyclist will tell you that harassment, abuse, taunts, and yelling are part of life on the road for a bicyclist. In some cases, a bicyclist may have something thrown at him, while in other more dangerous cases, a motorist might decide to drive too close to the bicyclist, possibly running him off the road or throwing him off his bicycle. In both of these cases, a bicyclist is at serious risk of injuries.
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