Beware drunkards crossing, says German court

15th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

The female biker, who was driving at a legal speed of between 40 and 50 km per hour hit a man who was crossing the road on a red light during the beer fest which attracts millions of revellers every year.

Berlin -- A German court Monday said a motorcyclist who collided with a drunken pedestrian during the Munich beer festival was partly to blame because she should have expected the road to be full of party-goers.

The female biker, who was driving at a legal speed of between 40 and 50 km per hour (25 and 31 mph) hit a man who was crossing the road on a red light during the beer fest which attracts millions of revellers every year.

The court ruled she "was 50 percent responsible" for the accident.

"During the October (beer) festival there are, it is well known to the authorities, a large number of drunk people on the streets at night, who can not always be trusted to observe the rules of the road," the court said.

"The motorcyclist should have adjusted her speed to be able to avoid these people," added the statement.

The woman was ordered to pay half of the damages, estimated at 2,500 euros (3,600 dollars), and her bid for 1,000 euros compensation for minor injuries sustained in the accident was refused.

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