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    Hit And Run

    I was making a legal left turn on a street in my town when a driver overtook me illegally and ended up scratching my bike. He wouldn't stop to see what happened or to render assistance.

    It was a hit and run. There are people like that in this country who have no regard for the rules of the road or a concern for the lives of others. Nothing happened to me but a child in my place could have been severely hurt or killed.

    Its not the damage to the bike that has me p*ssed off so much as this guy's complete thoughtlessness on the road. Accidents are part of a life but there is no excuse for fleeing the scene of an accident. Its a felony.

    But some people don't care.

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    I gather you were too surprised and/or he was moving too fast to get a license plate number. Report it anyway, and do your own investigation looking for the possibility that a camera someplace caught the event. You never know.
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    Yes, it's been reported multiple places that hit&run incidents have been increasing. I was on a club ride just last month where one of our riders was hit by the mirror of a passing car which fled the scene. Fortunately he's now recovering (had 3 broken ribs, broken clavicle, and numerous lacerations), but at the time we were very fearful of the outcome as were the first EMT responders who initially called for a helicopter evacuation. The highway patrol has closed their investigation saying they were unable to locate the involved vehicle (no one got a license number but there were pieces of the side mirror from a silver 2008 Hyundai SUV left at the scene). This crash occurred in the middle of a sunny day on a perfectly straight road with the cyclist riding in the 8' wide bike lane.

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    There wasn't a streetlight at that intersection.

    And I couldn't get his license plate number.

    Thankfully, the damage was cosmetic and I was able to clean it up.

    My point is there are people like that out there in a hurry to get some place and they don't bother to slow down.

    I'm glad nothing happened to me but the next person might not be so lucky.

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    I'm sorry to hear that happened to one of your club riders.

    The police generally don't investigate these things because its difficult to find the guilty driver.

    That said, there is NEVER an excuse for leaving the scene of an accident, no matter how minor.

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    How hard was the impact? Did you yell? I only ask because my SO just had an accidental contact car-to-car where both parties backed out of parking spaces convergently. Our bike rack which was folded took the brunt of it in a springy motion but Liberty plus rack vs a Prius didn't fare as well for the Prius. The problem is the springy/rattle of the rack negated the sensation(reportedly, since I wasn't there) and didn't make it apparent to need to stop. It later came to our attention when the police came to the door.

    All this to say not all contact is readily apparent over modern radios or rattling cars. In most cases though I would agree the drivers SHOULD know when overtaking and that is why I like using obnoxious lights and a little less 'inviting' posture. In the daytime I set my headlight to super strobe as well. Sometimes it makes people cringe but they stop when they do, so its effective.
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