published Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Bicyclist injured in run-in with car

A bicyclist suffered head injuries after crossing in front of a car on East Main Street Tuesday evening, according to Chattanooga Police.

The car had was moving forward at a green light down Main Street when the bicyclist crossed into its path, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary. The rider was thrown upon impact, causing a head injury and possible broken ribs. A pregnant passenger in the vehicle was mildly shaken up but not seriously injured, said Weary.

The rider was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries but no charges will be filed in the case, Weary said.

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May 11, 2011 at 1:41 a.m.
hcirehttae said...

I am horrified when bicyclists (and motorcyclists) are involved in accidents; it affects all of us, not just the rider. And I'm indignant when bicyclists do not receive the same courtesies and privileges that automobiles do. I live on a road near Signal Mountain where many bicyclists ride in large groups or singly for pleasure, and I always take great care to avoid hitting them. Nearly always, they are rational and law-abiding; that's mutual respect and common sense. However, when a bicyclist causes an accident, he or she should be ticketed just the same as a car driver. If the idea is that they've been punished by their injuries in the accident, that is a wrong-headed idea. Bicyclists who run red lights, ride against the traffic, weave in and out, and dart out into the street deserve to be penalized by the law, just the same as car drivers who don't wear seat belts or don't buckle their children into safety seats. Natural consequences such as death and injury are not the point, unless you're a fanatic libertarian and you believe that only natural consequences are meaningful. The law exists for all, and must be enforced even-handedly, or it is weak and meaningless.

May 11, 2011 at 6:45 a.m.
dao1980 said...

I agree completely with hcirehttae on the issue of equal road respect being directly reliant upon equal responsibility. If I, as a bicyclist, want to be treated as a legitimate occupant of the road, than I must adhere to the same rules as the existing legitimate occupants of said road.

Though on the subject of natural consequences. I can't help but observe that the greatest educator in life will always be circumstantial cause and affect.

Regardless of how many "human rules" we come up with to herd the cattle.

May 11, 2011 at 11:14 a.m.
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