victor wrote:I've reached the limit of what rubbish I can tolerate from a certain forum member on this forum, so I'm out. Best wishes to those who were supportive and friendly.
Take your ball and go home if you must Victor.
A final thought using the reductio ad absurdum argument:
Under Victor's proposed law a large truck should incur a much heavier penalty than a small motor car because the truck will generate much more "kinetic energy"than the small car.
I have been out of range for a while. I see some things don't change!!!
Kinetic energy is just that. Movement energy to be more english about it.
The difference between the energy of an 85kg cyclist and a 2000 kg car travelling at the same speed is 23.5 times, for those who may be short on the physics, the car has more energy. A 10 tonne truck has 5 times the energy of the car and is 117 .5 times that of the cyclist. Consider the same truck moving at 50 kmh and the ratio becomes 470 times. It is the kinetic energy which provides the force in any kind of collision. It means that the person who is in control of the greater energy can do much more damage and has the greater responsibility in my view. AT least they should be aware of the care they need to exercise. And their greater potential to do harm. If you want a graphic illustration, just think of the Whitehall Street accident a few years ago when the left turning truck took out and killed the right turning cyclist at the intersection with Somerville Road. I do not think that the truck driver was even aware of the accident at the time.
I do hope that you are not criticising the legal profession for doing their job in defending or advocating for the gentleman who collided with the pedestrian on Beach Road. We all have to make a living, and as a cyclist I have been the recipient of much help and advocacy from professional lawyers.
What entitles you to tell Victor to take his ball and go home? I liked his balls.
We need to show more respect and tolerance without tolerating bigotry and bullying on this forum. My opinion.
Stay fixed. Keeping a cool head.