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Old 10-11-12, 09:05 PM   #1
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I got clipped by a &*^&%$ in a Ford Escape

I'm OK, thank God! Just a few sore spots. My bike on the other hand is a different story. More specifically, the front wheel is toast. (It is now shaped almost exactly like Pac-Man.)

I live and ride in a sparsely populated area. Most of the rural roads around here are barely wide enough for two cars, let alone two cars and a bike. But this &*^&%$ tried to fit his Escape between me and an oncoming car. Usually, when I have a car coming up behind me, I will take the center of the lane until I am sure it is safe for them to pass and then move over to make it easier for them. On this particular stretch of road, a car every ten minutes would be considered busy.

I was climbing a hill, so I was moving pretty slowly. A creek was running along the right side of the road, and there was no right shoulder. (And no guardrail!) At the edge of the asphalt, there is a steep drop all the way to the creek. That's were I was when the worlds biggest &^*&%$ came barreling up behind me. I was nearing the crest of the hill, so there was no way to tell if there was any oncoming traffic. I took the center of the lane to make him wait until any oncoming traffic would be visible. He started gunning his engine and then slamming on the brakes when he was right behind me. I decided I wanted him in front of me, so I began looking for someplace to pull off the road and stop. Except there wasn't any place. Not without going down the steep slope to the creek. I moved over anyway, thinking I could stop at the first opportune time, and that's when this &^*&%$ gunned it. This was just as we reached the top of the hill, and there was AN ONCOMING CAR!!! I knew immediately I was in trouble so I hugged the side of the road as best I could. I ended up getting struck by his right side mirror and forced off the road, down the slope, and into the creek. &^*&%$ never stopped.

Me and my bike parted ways about halfway down. I ended up in the creek and my bike on the bank. When I looked at my bike, I knew immediately that the front wheel was beyond repair. I carried it back up to the road, took out my cell to call for a ride, and there was no signal. I ended up walking (carrying my bike) for about an 30 minutes before I had cell signal.

Anyway, I'm OK, which is the most important thing. Pissed, but OK. But now I'm questioning myself. Is there anything I could have done to avoid this situation? Short of not riding at all, which is not an option.

Oh and to make matters worse, this wheelset only had about 700 miles on it.

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Old 10-11-12, 09:12 PM   #2
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A lesson learned, never "accommodate" a motorist if it's not safe to do so.
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Glad you are OK.

Make a police report if you have enough info on the vehicle.
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Glad you are OK.

Make a police report if you have enough info on the vehicle.
Unfortunately, the only description I have is "Red Ford Escape." I used the pronoun "he" in my post, but it could very well have been a "she". Just don't know. I thought about calling the police when I finally had a cell signal, but my lack of information and the fact that I was about 20 miles from the nearest town, made me decided it wasn't worth it.
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Unfortunately, the only description I have is "Red Ford Escape." I used the pronoun "he" in my post, but it could very well have been a "she". Just don't know.
One reason why I now ride with a front and rear cameras, they have dramatically increased my capabilities at gathering info on motorists who have posed a great risk to my personal safety.
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Don't give the lane to jerks like that guy. Continue to 'take the lane'.
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I had a dude try and force me off the side of a bridge riding my scooter once. If you are on a slower vechile and its not safe to move over then they just have to wait. The driver can get as upset as they like, but its better than being injured or dying. Also if you take the lane the only way they are getting past is over you which is clearly illegal and you would have to a total idiot to do it.

Heck just a few days ago I was riding home after work in a long line of traffic moving no faster than I was when this idiot pulls in within inches behind and keeps beeping. Whats he going to do? pass me and then keep moving at the same speed? After a few minutes of that I gave him the finger and just kept on riding. If I'm moving at the same speed as the rest of the traffic I have as much right to take the lane as they do.
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It was a Hit&Run. That is a serious crime. Make the police report, you never know what else the jerk did, that someone else may have reported a license plate for. Cops may even know who was driving.
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It was a Hit&Run. That is a serious crime.
Absolutely! Calling the police late (now) is better than not at all.
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It was a Hit&Run. That is a serious crime. Make the police report, you never know what else the jerk did, that someone else may have reported a license plate for. Cops may even know who was driving.
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Don't forget to call auto repair and body shops in the local area asking if anyone with a vehicle matching that description is having their mirror repaired. Mirrors are designed to break off when they hit something so it's very likely that mirror may be damaged and need replacing.
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OP,
If you don't report it, then it didn't happen!

...and thanks for giving me more anecdotal proof that "taking the lane" is the correct thing to do. My safety trumps motorists' desires!
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I called the sheriff department this morning. They actually took it more seriously than I thought they would! I was, however, told that the chances of them figuring out who it was just based on "red Escape driving like a maniac" is "somewhere between slim and none."

I am much more sore this morning than I was last night, but I'm still grateful there were no serious injuries. And I'm still pissed.
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It was a Hit&Run. That is a serious crime. Make the police report, you never know what else the jerk did, that someone else may have reported a license plate for. Cops may even know who was driving.

Recently, one local motorist did a hit and run on a group of local runners, killing one, and when law enforcement later found the vehicle abandoned, they traced back to the registered owners place of residence only to discover a murder/crime scene.
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Wow, what a jerk! Glad you're okay.

This is reinforces the take-the-lane-when-it's-unsafe-to-pass mentality. Every time someone buzzed me it was because I was over in the gutter.

If the driver wants to be an idiot and have a collision with oncoming traffic, that's his decision.
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A lesson learned, never "accommodate" a motorist if it's not safe to do so.
Yep. TAKE THE LANE.
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Wow, what a jerk! Glad you're okay.

This is reinforces the take-the-lane-when-it's-unsafe-to-pass mentality. Every time someone buzzed me it was because I was over in the gutter.

If the driver wants to be an idiot and have a collision with oncoming traffic, that's his decision.
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After giving my bike an inspection, I'm even more pissed. The back wheel also is going to need replacing and the front tire is torn. I'd love for the sheriff to catch this guy. I'm not holding my breath though.
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If the cops won't do it I would stake out the road a few times and see if he passes by again. You may be able to get a plate number to the police. They still couldn't do much with that info, but they may at least question him.
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Yep. TAKE THE LANE.
It's a dilemma. Really. If you take the lane up a hill, you may be hit by some jerk overtaking in the opposite direction. It happens, you know. The jerk who ran the OP off the road is a fine example of the kind of motorist who'd risk that.
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I'm glad you turned out OK, the bike can be repaired a whole lot easier than you can be.

There is no real answer to the issue, some people are just a$$holes and are going to pull this crap no matter what. I've nearly been hit a few times just this summer. I pulled up to a 4way stop and saw a car down the road apiece coming my way, I was there first and it would be some seconds for him to get there, stop and then go so I just took off - as was my right to do. I got maybe 75 feet down the street in the center of my lane when he came up behind me, there WAS another car coming but it was waaay down the street, plenty of time and distance to pass correctly. He passed me so close when I turned my head to see where he was at his mirror went whooshing over my left shoulder, he nearly took my nose off. I had to brake hard before I hit him, he was turning back in the lane THAT hard.

I was told by a fellow rider, if you DO get hit try and damage their car so as to "mark it" so there would be proof that they hit you. He wears mountain biking shoes with the front cleats installed and has actually stuck his foot out and raked more than one car as they passed too close. I will not go that far but it's one opinion. I don't ride with him much :0 In your case you might not of even damaged his mirror so you could probably not prove anything even if they did somehow catch them.
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glad you are not a statistic. let me guess, the driver didn't stop to see if you were OK?
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I called the sheriff department this morning. They actually took it more seriously than I thought they would! I was, however, told that the chances of them figuring out who it was just based on "red Escape driving like a maniac" is "somewhere between slim and none."

I am much more sore this morning than I was last night, but I'm still grateful there were no serious injuries. And I'm still pissed.
Many local papers have a police blotter. It would be sweet if this ass was reading the paper and saw a blurb about a hit and run at this location and that the police were looking for a red Ford Escape. The dumbass might even turn himself in.
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It's a dilemma. Really. If you take the lane up a hill, you may be hit by some jerk overtaking in the opposite direction. It happens, you know. The jerk who ran the OP off the road is a fine example of the kind of motorist who'd risk that.
Correct...and this applies anyplace where visibility of the roadway is limited. It highlights the importance of having your spidey senses on full alert, planning for Murphy and having an idea of how you can react if Murphy decides he wants to f with you.
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The dumbass might even turn himself in.
Maybe I'm less cynical, but to me this would mean a fallible human realizing his/her mistake.
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