Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    Member bigmallard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Gainesville, FL
    My Bikes
    70s or 80's Panasonic Villager III
    Posts
    27
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Got hit by a semi yesterday

    Well, the title says it all. I was riding back from class in the bike lane, when a semi made an illegal turn and my front tire hit his front bumper. I was going approx. 25mph, went straight over the handlebars and onto the blacktop. I have bad abrasions on my forehead and knuckles on both hands, bruises and road rash galore, and a torn muscle in my left thigh. It was one hell of a wakeup call, b/c I wasn't wearing a helmet. Thank the good Lord for my fighting training, because I hit my head first and I knew to clench my jaw so I would not get knocked out, and as soon as my head hit, I tucked my shoulder to roll and then popped right back up on my feet and got out of the way. If I had'nt rolled I would have been crushed. It looks like just the front rim is busted, but with the speed that I hit him, the frame might be jacked up.

    Just thought I'd share my story as a reminder to be safe out there on the roads

  2. #2
    Senior Member Bill Kapaun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Mid Willamette Valley, Orygun
    My Bikes
    86 RockHopper,2008 Specialized Globe. Both upgraded to 9 speeds.
    Posts
    6,900
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Glad you lived to tell about it!
    Did the driver stop, get ticketed or???

  3. #3
    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    South Florida
    My Bikes
    Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
    Posts
    16,012
    Mentioned
    10 Post(s)
    Tagged
    4 Thread(s)
    Glad you weren't really hurt! Dang!
    on light duty due to illness; please contact my assistants for forum issues. They are Siu Blue Wind, or CbadRider or the other 3 star folk. I am currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes. I am making good progress, happily.


    . “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant

  4. #4
    Perma-Clyde (51)'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Suncoast, FL
    My Bikes
    Trek Hybrid 7200
    Posts
    931
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Good Lord! Thank goodness you rolled out OK. Did the driver even stop?

    PS: Now go out and buy a helmet!
    http://www.trailerparkboys.org/forum...fault/beer.gif In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria. -Ben Franklin

  5. #5
    Senior Member jaxgtr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Jacksonville, FL
    My Bikes
    Cannondale SuperSix, Trek 7300, Trek CrossRip
    Posts
    3,930
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Holy crap dude. Lucky man, one lucky man.
    Brian | 2013 Cannondale SuperSix 5 | 2014 Trek CrossRip Comp | 2003 Trek 7300
    Quote Originally Posted by AEO View Post
    you should learn to embrace change, and mock it's failings every step of the way.

  6. #6
    Triathlon in my future??? flip18436572's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Southwest Iowa
    My Bikes
    Junk, that is why I am here. :-)
    Posts
    2,193
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Glad to hear you are OK. That sounded pretty bad.
    2007 Jamis Ventura Comp
    2006 Jamis Explorer 2.0
    2000 Specialized Hardrock (bought used)
    Swim, Bike, Run and sounds like fun

  7. #7
    Neil_B
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by bigmallard View Post
    Well, the title says it all. I was riding back from class in the bike lane, when a semi made an illegal turn and my front tire hit his front bumper. I was going approx. 25mph, went straight over the handlebars and onto the blacktop. I have bad abrasions on my forehead and knuckles on both hands, bruises and road rash galore, and a torn muscle in my left thigh. It was one hell of a wakeup call, b/c I wasn't wearing a helmet. Thank the good Lord for my fighting training, because I hit my head first and I knew to clench my jaw so I would not get knocked out, and as soon as my head hit, I tucked my shoulder to roll and then popped right back up on my feet and got out of the way. If I had'nt rolled I would have been crushed. It looks like just the front rim is busted, but with the speed that I hit him, the frame might be jacked up.

    Just thought I'd share my story as a reminder to be safe out there on the roads
    Thank goodness you are OK. That's the important thing.

    Now go buy a helmet.

  8. #8
    Senior Member kjmillig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Displaced Texan
    My Bikes
    1984 Raliegh Wyoming, 1978 Schwinn Traveller, 2011 Wheeler Trekking Lite 3600
    Posts
    1,109
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Glad you're OK. Sounds scary. Get checked by a doctor anyway since you took the blow to your head. Neck and back problems could arise later. Is the bike OK?
    Hopefully you got the guy's insurance info, truck company name, truck number, etc. Don't let it slide. Make the company pay for damages, hospital visits, whatever. Most trucking companies don't want the bad publicity for their drivers' actions and will work with you or your attourney.
    "Pain is weakness leaving the body"......yea, right!

  9. #9
    ACD
    ACD is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Rockland, ME
    My Bikes
    Jetter 12 speed, Specialized Cross Roads, Schwinn Tandem, 60' Columbia Special Middle weight, Astra Folder
    Posts
    67
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    As a part time tractor-trailer operator I hate instances like this caused by bad drivers... gives all truckers a bad name. So glad your relative OK..Physics was not on your side on this one. Clyde or not an 80,000 pound rig is nothing to get hit by. Do get yourself checked by a doctor and take action against the company and operator. So sorry this happened to you.

    Aaron

  10. #10
    jcm
    jcm is offline
    Gemutlichkeit
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    2,424
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I drive am 18-wheeler full time in urban areas. Definitely get that company on the horn. I hold my associates to a very high standard - as should we all, and for all the right reasons.

  11. #11
    On my TARDIScycle! KingTermite's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Eastside Seattlite Termite Mound
    My Bikes
    Trek 520, Trek Navigator 300, Peugeot Versailles PE10DE
    Posts
    3,928
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A wakeup call indeed.

    Now
    1. Helmet
    2. Gloves
    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecake View Post
    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

  12. #12
    Senior Member neilfein's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Highland Park, NJ, USA
    My Bikes
    "Hildy", a Novara Randonee touring bike; a 16-speed Bike Friday Tikit; Dahon Curve D3 folding bike; a green around-town cruiser; and a Specialized Stumpjumper frame-based built-up MTB.
    Posts
    3,778
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Any accident you walk away from... +1 on seeing a doctor, there can be lingering effects after a crash. It's best to get yourself fully checked out.
    Tour Journals, Blog, ride pix

    I'm in the celtic folk fusion band Baroque and Hungry. "Mended", our new full-length studio album, is now available for download.

  13. #13
    I STILL miss East Hill :) Rollfast's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Where my bike's at
    My Bikes
    a lot
    Posts
    2,583
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    In a world where an accident might theoretically not be witnessed well when ALL parties including passengers are on cellphones...

    Well, the darn phones are so cheap that barring a Britney/Nichole/Lindsay alert did somebody at least call beside the involved there?

    I recall the amused look on the officer's face when I was about to enter town at the top of the exit here and a lady rearended my old 1968 CHEVELLE SEDAN and she was trying to get somebody on her cell (1996, and coverages were a lot spottier).

    Heck, I couldn't get anybody down the road at the truck stop on my CB either (the base unit was down and nobody was monitoring, not even the usual bigoted, chauvinist, filthy trashball with a linear and reverb from hell. Aren't those the odds?

    All she did was knock my speakers into the trunk, I got nary a scratch and the $60 insurance settlement let me fix them back and get a nice supper.

    Too bad I missed my parent's 30-year marriage renewal, but I threw the 40th anniversary party.
    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
    They can't fix expansion joints, because they expand.
    Smile at Miles with a ROLLFAST!

  14. #14
    Member bigmallard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Gainesville, FL
    My Bikes
    70s or 80's Panasonic Villager III
    Posts
    27
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yeah, I've already seen a doctor. I went the day of, had x-rays and a good once over. I didn't have my cell phone on me, but thankfully there was a lot of traffic around. An older couple that own a restaurant in town helped me out and let me sit in their cargo van while it was raining. I have to go back to the doc on monday to get checked up again. Thank you guys for all of your support

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •