Approx Time: 3PM
Aaron Z writes:
I was riding my bicycle down Van Ness St. at 3:15 PM. As I was crossing the street at the intersection with 40th Place NW, a driver made a right turn and collided with me. The driver was apologetic and, thanks to his low speed at the time of the collision, I was relatively unhurt. I did go to GWU hospital to make sure I am okay.
However, the police officer at the scene almost immediately told me I was at fault, because I was riding my bike on the sidewalk. Even more strange, he gave me a $150 ticket for “”failure to control speed to avoid collision.”” To me this seems nonsensical – the car hit me in the side as I was crossing the street during his right turn. Shouldn’t it be the driver’s responsibility to check for pedestrians and/or cyclists?
I am just happy to be okay after the incident, though if there is any official rule about this kind of situation I would like to know.