Videos can show a lot of what really happens in an accident but it isn’t a perfect picture due to angles of one side or the other. In this video it can be difficult to see who really is at fault.
The incident took place in Santa Ana, California. It involved a cyclist running into a pickup truck that apparently cutted him off without even checking his mirrors. That, or he did it on purpose, which is what the cyclist who originally posted the clip seems to hint at.
The same truck is captured by the cyclist’s helmet cam around the 12-second mark speeding past him and eventually making a right turn before the next light. The cyclist then goes on to cross the intersection, gets passed by the same truck at the 1 min 28 second mark and fails to apply the brakes in time to avoid a collision. Thankfully it didn’t look like anything serious but it could have been, possibly fatal.
What do you think? Does it qualify as a hit and run? Certainly, once they collided, the truck driver should have stopped. In my own personal opinion I think that the cyclist didn’t do anything wrong. I think the truck driver was at fault. He should have slowed down and wait for the cyclist to pass by the drive way instead of speeding up to make the right hand turn and cause an accident. I would also classify this as a hit and run. You shouldn’t flee the scene of an accident no matter who is at fault.
Cyclist also have two wheels less than an inch thick making them quite difficult to stop, unfortunately a lot of motorists do not understand that and often cause these types of accidents. When I have to make a right hand turn and I see a cyclists near me I slow down so they can pass before I make the turn.
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