Bicyclists & Pedestrians Fight for Road Rights
"Share the road" sounds like something a frustrated parent would tell quarreling children. Unfortunately, many cyclists need a pedestrian injury lawyer to settle cases against troublesome drivers who become angry when they see someone commuting by bicycle. Pastry chef Tina Rautio has literally felt the harassment of passing motorists first-hand.
Rautio was riding home after a long day of work in Marigny. As she traveled along Esplanada Avenue toward her 7th Ward home, she felt something strike her buttock. The blow nearly knocked her over. She discovered what had occurred when she reached a red pickup truck stopped at the traffic light. A laughing man told her to "calm down, I just smacked your ass."
The man, 26-year-old Jacob George was later charged with a misdemeanor count of sexual battery. He told the NOPD officer who was investigating the incident that he was not sexually harassing the woman. He claims he was just trying to scare her. George, like many other motorists, seems clueless as to just how dangerous it is when motorists do not respect the rights of cyclist. Cyclists have died due to the foolish behavior of drivers. There are laws against drivers harassing, taunting and throwing things at cyclists. If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident or altercation with a motorist while cycling, you need a pedestrian injury lawyer. Contact us today for a consultation.