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Hitting a Spectator(7 posts)

Hitting a SpectatorJim Hubbard
Oct 3, 2001 11:31 AM
Hi All,
Just to guage everyone's opinion on this.
This last weekend I raced my local regional champs during the race 80k in, in the feedzone I was taken down by a person who was helping with the feeding of another rider.
He came from the right hand side of the road(we race on the left) ran at his rider handed him a bottle then kept running straight into my path. I had nowhere to go an rode straight into him. I went over the handlebars rolled on top of him and came to a stop.
Because of the accident I written off my front hed stinger and helmet.
I am now considering taking the guy to court to pay for the damage as I am not covered by any insurance and cannot afford to replace the equipment at the moment.
To cut a long story short is this just a risk I take when racing or am I justified taking this idiot to court?
re: Hitting a SpectatorTJeanloz
Oct 3, 2001 4:46 PM
I'd count that as a risk you take when racing. If I felt really angry and spiteful about it, I'd have asked the officials to relegate, and suspend the rider who took the bottle from his inept support crew. But that wouldn't be very nice. It seems to me that it was an accident, and part of the lot you take for racing.
re: Hitting a Spectatorrower
Oct 3, 2001 4:58 PM
that sucks- just take a look at the junk that you signed in order to race. Sometimes there is a comment that you take all responsiblity......
re: Hitting a SpectatorNicholas
Oct 3, 2001 6:22 PM
I race in oz and the race membership has insurance. Though to what extent i dont know .
No insurance?downunderracer
Oct 3, 2001 6:30 PM
What country/organization allows you to race without insurance?
If you can't afford to replace equipment, how would YOU pay if someone successfully sued you?
No insurance?Jim Hubbard
Oct 3, 2001 6:47 PM
It is not compulsory to have insurance in NZ in fact you can't get insurance given the risks involved. As for suing it is not used in the same way in NZ. So given the position I am in what would you do?

The person that caused the accident by the way has been involved with cycling for 40+ years and has been national champion on the board of the governing body etc.

I had this put to me in an interesting way today. If a man is in his car in a driveway and wants to pull out and there is a truck coming down the raod and decides to wait, then pulls out on to the road and strikes a car, that was follow the truck but concealed behind it causing the following car to be written off who is at fault?

Answer: driver coming out the driveway(I thought this was a good comparsion)
No insurance?downunderracer
Oct 7, 2001 2:55 AM
Amazing! Here in Aussie you can't race without a racing licence, which includes insurance cover.

I was not implying you were at fault, just wondering what would happen if (hypothetically) you caused injury to someone else through negligence. I guess you'd be liable and it could cost you a fortune.