- Off AND injury caused by road covered in SH_T by lazy farmer?
No IMO, should have been riding within his ability, seen the slury and slowed down (I always try and avoid sh!t) its a good learning curve IMO although a painful one. Its the countryside you expect the roads to be dirty/greasy/covered in manure etc.
Of course nowadays everyone expects some one else to take responsibility for THEIR actions so yes go ahead and sue the farmer.Posted 7 years agoFlaperonSubscriber
If the road is covered in that much shit that an attempt to slow down results in an immediate skid, then I'd say it's unreasonable.
As others have said, the farmer has a duty of care to clean up the road afterwards. Basically, the essence of the law is, "keep your shit to yourself".Posted 7 years ago
If farmers had to stop and sweep all the mud off the road every time then nothing would ever get done.
On country lanes you should always ride / drive to expect the worst road conditions including mud, water, ice, slow turning traffic, walkers, cyclists, pot holes and horses like you would if you were riding off-road.Posted 7 years ago
MY son was on his way to work ,down local back roads ,steep down hill section road covered in slurry from tractor traffic spreading , no warning signs ,had to brake causing skid and panic as not overly confident rider,result in over bars roll , smashed helmet ,slide injury to leg, hip , hand bruising, damage to bike and having to call his mum out to pick him up n bike as rendered unrideable due to chain tangle round front mech.
I only found out when i got home as working at time too, time of incident 17 .45 so light, but damp day.Posted 7 years ago
Is it worth pursueing the case with reards to ignorance on part of farm for lack of warning causing danger ETC????WaderiderMember
Regarding my opinion above, I should state in the early nineties I crashed a mini due to shit on the road near Strangford Lough NI. My fault entirely. It's the countryside.
If regulations have been drafted calling for farmers to keep minor roads clean then to me that's just another sad reflection on our society – in that case probably urban legislators losing site of what goes on in the country.
I do hope he's okay though.Posted 7 years ago
I was in our saddlery a couple of weeks back and a rather prim and proper lady pulled up outside in her Range Rover and asked if they sold shovels as some rather inconsiderate farmer had left mud on the road near her house.
The lady in shop just turned and looked at her and said, "you live in the countryside, what do you expect? Shovels are in the back!"Posted 7 years agoDracSubscriber
Warning signs may have been nice but I'd also say if he's that inexperience then he shouldn't be out riding on his own he struggles to stop because there's bit mud. I guess he's not that young if he was off to work but come on there's such a thing as self preservation too.Posted 7 years agohiggoMember
scotabroad said… I would say it depends on how bad it is.
and I agree with him.
Only the OP's son knows how much shit was plastered all over the road. It's quite reasonable for a farmer going about their work to leave a 'bit' on the road without having to go back and scrub up every last plop. It's not reasonable to baughter the entire width of the road with road with slidey shit.Posted 7 years agofalkirk-markMember
I do not agree with the (its the countryside what do you expect) statements. If a farmer is meant to clean it up then he should (if no-one bothers claiming them or making them clean it up then it will get worse). Do not think the rider should take the financial hit for someone elses negligencePosted 7 years agodeludedMember
My soon to be father-in-law who is a farmer informs me that the farmer ought to put out caution signs during maize cutting or when an inordinate amount of shite is on the road. But as has been mentioned it all comes down to common sense, taking a practical view on what farmers do and appreciating that the countryside presents certain accepted hazards or considerations for other road users, which of course includes cyclists.Posted 7 years agobuzz-lightyearMember
You've got to expect country roads to be in a rough state with debris, mud, muck and holes. But farmers do need to put up warning signs where their livestock or tractors have affected the road. They usually do around here but some of them are not that conspicuous.
Glad he's OK.Posted 7 years agofalkirk-markMember
I cannot believe that on this forum if someone rides over a dogshit (no real harm done except a smelly tyre) massive rant ensues over the lazy dog owner that should have cleaned it up. Someone else comes on after damage to their bike, clothes and body caused by a farmer not cleaning up his mess and all of a sudden its (oh its the countryside ,what do you expect). Well personally I would expect that he cleans his vehicle so it does not leave a huge mess on the road or clean the road afterwards or at the very least place a sign to warn the road users.Posted 7 years agozaskarMember
Well if you riding and a lorry delivering tacks leaked loads and punctured your tyres and caused a pile up who would be responsible?
I would report it to the police and check the road out to see how bad it is.
Then go from there.
Maybe its not BP's fault that a bit of oil leaked of the shore in the USA…
Also its worth having accidental damage insurance on your own bike.Posted 7 years agoFlaperonSubscriber
Road near me is a fairly steep slope and regularly gets covered in slurry. Entering at the top at about 5mph and braking hard with the ABS going will get you to the bottom at about 15mph. Another car coming the other way? Only choice is to stuff it into the hedge to stop.
"Sh*t in countryside shocker". Some is to be expected, you don't expect to be knee deep in the stuff on public roads.Posted 7 years ago
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