I'm sure there's got to be more than a couple of people in here that have been hit by a car before.
I was riding to work on Wed. morning, the day before Thanksgiving, when I was struck by minivan that didn't stop for a red light in time (I had a green light). The driver, it turned out, was DUI. Yes, DUI at 9:30AM wed. morning! The cops ended up hauling him away in cuffs.
Luckily, I wasn't seriously hurt. I have a bunch of truly magnificent bruises and some lingering aches. My bike wasn't so lucky and I'm having to get a new one.
Of course the first thing I did after getting my hands on a bike was get on it and ride. Back on the horse, so to speak.
What I'm wondering though is, am I ever going to get the pleasure of cycling back? When do I stop thinking about how it felt to be flying through the air like that? Am I ever going to stop thinking constantly as I ride about all the cars out there that could get me? When will I stop dreading my commute to and from work? The feeling I have for cycling now has sort of become this sense of grim accomplishment that I haven't let this stop me from riding, but it's not what I'd call fun.
I think it would have been easier on me if I had been at fault somehow, like running a red light. If I could say to myself, 'Self, that was a really stupid thing you did. Don't do that again.' But no, I was following all the traffic rules. I'd checked the intersection. He would have had plenty of time to stop if he hadn't been soused. I even looked. He'd been trying to stop, because I could see his brake lights go on. I really can't see how I could have done anything to prevent this.