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Old 12-08-2013, 01:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So thinking back on last season there was a collision I was involved with and pretty sure I'm at least partially to blame but was this my fault?

I was flying down the main run of louise and it was fairly busy, I was approaching a skier in front of me and lined her up for a routine pass. I passed by about ten Feet to her left give or take, and as I passed she turned into me and the front of her skis went on top of the back of my board and she slammed hard. Keep in mind she started turning into me when I was beside her. I felt I gave her enough room but obviously not. I apologized and she seemed uninjured but just wondering if this was my fault?
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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People coming from behind need to yield to the people in front of them. Just a general rule. Situations can vary though.
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I was flying down the main run of louise and it was fairly busy
seems like a bit of a dick move here. I would never go flying down a main run on a busy day. busy day usually would mean many new skiers/boarders would be using it. chances are if you were going fast she would have never even seen you she shouldnt be expected to look uphill before making a turn. if you're coming fast from uphill you should have turned sooner to avoid the collision. so without seeing any video footage, from what you have described I would say its entirely your fault. but kudos for you stopping to say sorry and check she was ok.
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Tough call but I would have to say you are at fault. Doesn't sound like a big deal and everyone was alright so that's all that matters.
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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People in front have right of way
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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She was going in the opposite direction as where I was passing but turned when I was beside her. And I wasn't going that fast, poor choice of words I was going slightly faster than her and where we were on the slope there wasn't that many people. I'm not one to whiz by people within inches either. I know that people in front have the right of way but when I went to pass she was going the other way and only turned into me as I was passing her hence her colliding with the back of my board.
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It was 100% your fault. And if you hurt her you would have been held liable.

That's another reason I hate skiers so much. They are hard as hell to predict. They have no rhythm and will just out of now where dart in front of you.

Now you know tho.
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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if you're coming fast from uphill you should have turned sooner to avoid the collision.
The thing is though I didn't see her turning into me because I was even on the slope with her and I'm goofy so my back was to her. If I was on the other side and saw her turn into me I would have avoided her for sure but we were level when she turned in. That's why I'm a bit confused. If I was reckless and went too close and hit her from behind when she turned in then I would know I was at fault but what are the rules when you have given them plenty of room and are even with them and passing. I guess what the problem here is when does she become the person upslope from me and have to watch me?
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I think you're confusing fault with responsibility. The person upslope is responsible for avoiding the downhill person because the uphill person has a better view of the situation. It may have been her stupid skier move that caused the collision (her fault) but it's still your responsibility.
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:57 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I think you're confusing fault with responsibility. The person upslope is responsible for avoiding the downhill person because the uphill person has a better view of the situation. It may have been her stupid skier move that caused the collision (her fault) but it's still your responsibility.
Yeah I agree with you on that. Pretty sure that's the only time I would say I was responsible for a collision so I just wanted to clarify here. Stupid skiers darting around though, it's so tough to predict what they are going to do.
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