Truck vs. Bike – Guess who loses ? The YouTube from the DC biker’s helmetcam (Caution: Profanity) resonates with many of us who have ridden on DC metro area roads, commuted by bicycle and seen inexplicable road rage, distracted driving and other dangerous maneuvers by motorists. The troubling incident was discussed on the Landau Injury Law site.
I do not believe I have ever posted a comment to YouTube, but this video should be “Exhibit A” to those who contend bikers are not endangered by truck drivers or ridden off the road. After reviewing the film with my own bride (and bicycling partner for life) I wrote:
“With cars parked in the left lane, traffic relatively light in the other 2 lanes, I would have ridden a safe, straight line in the same situation. I have seen how devastating the injuries are from being “doored” & many motorists do not pay attention to bicycles riding inches from the curb. So when the biker is forced to go left to get around parked cars, they can get “clipped” by motorists paying more attention to cars on their left and straight ahead. If we want to curb unsafe conduct by people driving trucks, cars & motorcycles, then responsibility must be taken when they unnecessarily endanger others.”
P.S. If this had been a child riding to school & permanently injured, what would we make of the trucker’s cowardice then ?”