Well, this week I've been hit by two different cars, and neither time could I come up with a plate number.
The first time I was doing around 25mph down a very busy road when someone clipped me lightly on the back of the shoulder with their rear view mirror. This normally would just bother me that they were close enough to do that, but since I was pedaling so hard I was knocked over the curb and grind across the sidewalk with my feet still clipped in. Now, half my body is lying on the sidewalk, but my head and torso were still in the middle of this almost highway. I sure anyone who runs clipless pedals here knows that getting your feet out after falling over is pretty hard to do. So I'm sitting here with cars almost running over my face for five minutes. 'Twas very frightening.
The second time I was doing around 15mph down a quit road near a demolition site. The speed limit was 30mph. I suddenly hear a horn and feel another side mirror hit me, this time square in the back. I get flung over my handle bars, with my feet still clipped in. I then crash into a metal rung fence, face grinding against it. I then turn over and crash on my head (ruining my Pneumo) and cheese grate my arm. Then, my saddle hits me in the spine.
Both times I was lucky I didn't get run over again or brake my neck (or anything else). I'm an extremely cautious rider- I always stop at red lights, crosswalks and stop signs, and I never do anything sudden or without signaling.
Is there anyway I can avoid being hit by JAM's? Or am I doomed to be hit for the rest of my life?