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View Poll Results: Have you been hit by a car?
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Old 03-29-09, 08:47 AM   #1
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Have you been hit by a car?

I am just wondering how many people have been hit by a car out there? I have had a few people I know lately hit and just wondered how many what are the stats on getting hit.
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Old 03-29-09, 08:48 AM   #2
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Old 03-29-09, 08:51 AM   #3
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once, car didn't stop at stop sign on bike path around a blind corner.

since then that intersection has torn down the hedgerow blocking the field of view and installed a pair of fisheye mirrors.

got a bent fork since I ran into the front fender. I got off scot free though.
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Old 03-29-09, 09:04 AM   #4
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yes, and i've hit a few too.

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Old 03-29-09, 09:18 AM   #5
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No, thank God but the fear of it weighs on me quite often.....It's more of a fear of the outcome of being hit.......it's too unpredictable. Will I die, worse yet, be crippled, brain injury (worse than what has already happened as I am a 60's guy)........gives me the hebejeebees just thinking about it!
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Old 03-29-09, 10:16 AM   #6
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I hit one a couple weeks ago. Drafting cars is dangerous, kids. And remember, their brakes are better than yours!

Back in 2000 I RALLIED a car on my mountain bike. Flew over the hood and landed about 10 feet past the car. It was 4 days before high school graduation and could barely walk across the platform.

The real question is, have you ever been hit by a car and it was the driver's fault? Can't say I have.
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Old 03-29-09, 10:34 AM   #7
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Hit by a car going 35mph from behind in 2000, driver was looking for a cd in her console. Blew L4 and L5 out in my lower back and had to have surgery. Major road rash and extremely lucky she didn't run me over after she hit me. The most miserable time in my life. Took 3 years to get back on the bike. To this day I still can't touch my toes, probably never will again.
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Old 03-29-09, 10:38 AM   #8
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Yes. I wasn't hurt, but my bike was trashed.
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This poll may not be all that meaningful as it has no normalization for the amount of time the respondents have been riding.
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Old 03-29-09, 10:39 AM   #10
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Old 03-29-09, 10:39 AM   #11
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I've been hit three times. Once my fault. Once shared fault. Once other guys fault. The first was the shared fault. I was riding home from jr. high and and came to a 4 way stop near a local high school. We both ran the stop sign. He hit my rear wheel and sent me flying into the grass. He didn't stop. Next was the other guys fault. I was working as bike messenger in LA and was right hooked into an angled parking spot in Rodeo Drive. No damage to me but I broke off his passenger mirror and probably a few scratches to the side of his car. The last was entirely my fault. Again as a messenger but this time in Houston. I was riding the wrong way on a one way street when a guy pulled out of a parking garage and hit me. I ended up on his hood with no damage to me or his car.

Nothing in the last 20 years though. A few close calls but I ride pretty carefully now. Old age and having a family will do that to you.
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Old 03-29-09, 10:43 AM   #12
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I been hit 3 times.. been riding at varying levels of enthusiasm for about 5 years. Never been hit while in my lycra however.. all 3 happened in the city at low speeds with no broken bones and hardly any road rash.
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Old 03-29-09, 11:02 AM   #13
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Just twice. T-boned a lady who turned in front of me while I was going downhill. Did a nice flip through the air and needed a few stitches in my chin. The other was a slow speed cutoff in town.
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Old 03-29-09, 11:08 AM   #14
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Cars, lorries, motorbikes, you name it
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I had a woman driver turn left into me and I have also had a Bus driver let a passenger out into the bike lane with no bus stop in sight. I ended up colliding with a passenger at 27mph. That was no fun at all.
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Not yet, but somewhere, out there, there is a Suburban with my name on it........waiting.
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Old 03-29-09, 11:18 AM   #17
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I think this poll would not draw in the folks that never got hit by a car, so it's not going to be particularly accurate.
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Old 03-29-09, 11:22 AM   #18
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I've been riding seriously for about 13 years and haven't been hit yet. I've had plenty of close calls but have been lucky or skilled enough to avoid it.
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Once by a car from behind at 35mph....compression fracture of T1...my elbow bone was abraded on the asphalt (which turned out to be a bigger problem than the fracture).
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No, (knock on wood) but if I continue to ride as much as I do in heavy traffic like I do...

I just hope if it ever happens I roll off the windshield.
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just once, right hooked by a car on a wide open stretch of road with no sightline or visibility problems. bike was trashed, escaped serious injury though, just some bad scrapes. and then the lady took off before the cops could come and could only remember a partial plate. I had onlookers offer to chase her down and get plates, but they couldn't catch her. she was doing 80+ to get away on back roads.
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I think this poll would not draw in the folks that never got hit by a car, so it's not going to be particularly accurate.
You're on BF, so don't expect a lot of accuracy.
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clipped by a car mirror, got away with just a bruised shoulder
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Old 03-29-09, 11:48 AM   #24
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^basically same as above

I got hit my a mirror on my left arm; I yelled loud for the car to stop but the car just continued away and i wasn't able to get the plate.
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Not yet. I know it's coming though.

I have crashed before while avoiding a car who ran a stop sign.
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