Cyclist collides with parked truck

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A cyclist is in critical condition after an early afternoon accident on the Outer Ring Road.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says that at around 12:45 p.m. today an man riding a bicycle west on the highway collided with a commercial truck stopped on the side of the road.
The man was transported to hospital, where he remains.
The RNC Traffic Unit is continuing to investigate.

Geographic location: Outer Ring Road

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  • Cyclists Need Insurance
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Cyclists can cause a whole host of traffic accidents and injuries. What if they go too far out into traffic from their lane and side swipe a car. The car diver can't be blamed because if they swerved to avoid the bike (assuming the biker was even visible), they could cause a more serious accident. What if a biker fell off the bike after loosing balance because of a pot hole or something and causes an accident when other car drivers hit their brakes to avoid slamming into the bike. The car drivers can't be blamed, it is not like they were approaching a predictable person on foot or other predictable traffic. I have also seen bikers drink and bike. I have a bar close to my home, I see people stagger out of the bar and climb on their bike and drive off swerving up the street into busy traffic. While drunk biking may not be as serious as drunk driving, it needs to be put in check. While bike insurance, licence and registration would not be as strict as those of a car, something needs to be put in place to protect people like the driver of the truck in this article.

  • brian
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    I've driven in St. John's. The worst drivers in Canada. Multitasking behind the wheel, inattentive, no respect for bike and motorcycle riders and a total lack of patience. I wonder if this commercial truck (stopped on a freeway) had the required markers / flags laid out? The OP is decribing behavior that is more dominant in the car driver and not the biker.

  • Cyclists Need Insurance
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    Cyclists can cause a whole host of traffic accidents and injuries. What if they go too far out into traffic from their lane and side swipe a car. The car diver can't be blamed because if they swerved to avoid the bike (assuming the biker was even visible), they could cause a more serious accident. What if a biker fell off the bike after loosing balance because of a pot hole or something and causes an accident when other car drivers hit their brakes to avoid slamming into the bike. The car drivers can't be blamed, it is not like they were approaching a predictable person on foot or other predictable traffic. I have also seen bikers drink and bike. I have a bar close to my home, I see people stagger out of the bar and climb on their bike and drive off swerving up the street into busy traffic. While drunk biking may not be as serious as drunk driving, it needs to be put in check. While bike insurance, licence and registration would not be as strict as those of a car, something needs to be put in place to protect people like the driver of the truck in this article.

  • brian
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    I've driven in St. John's. The worst drivers in Canada. Multitasking behind the wheel, inattentive, no respect for bike and motorcycle riders and a total lack of patience. I wonder if this commercial truck (stopped on a freeway) had the required markers / flags laid out? The OP is decribing behavior that is more dominant in the car driver and not the biker.