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Old 09-19-06, 12:38 AM   #1
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Hit by a car

So I was on my 14.5th of 15th mile that finished off 30 miles for the day 5 here 10 there ya knows, Seriously now

I had to go down a busy road due to complete blockage of my canal route.

I took my lane, I was comming up to the stop light with a green light, this person was turning right on red and turned right into me he did not even stop for the light. I kinda adjusted and moved a little but it was to no use, My handle bars went bang on his front quarter panal and my body did the same. I bounced off and and landed on my side I kinda don't remember that part it happended rather fast. however I started to remember. Nothing like the feeling of lying in the middle of 3 lanes so I got up really quickly.
Now I kinda was mad So I yelled to the guy Pull over and pointed.
Note I am standing now in my lane looking right at him directly. So he pulls over I think he was shocked.
Lesson for you all>>>>>
At night take the dam lane (on a two lane road or more), I survived because I took my lane its a foot off from being a WCL. Wide Clearance Lane

Ligthed Intersection
I have a reflecctive vest class 2
I had a front light blinking.
I had a helmet on.
On scene within 3 min.
It was a good accident, I had witnesses thank you, the guy stopped and had insurance. I got to walk away. All in all great made me humble at the same time plus I called off work. Hopefully I will sleep well.

Be carefull out there

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The cop gave me his siren when he passed me on 7th st. I had taken my half of one lane there were two other lanes. I noded and did a left turn in the Fourth lane.



Tommorw the bike shop will have my bicycle, the guy is going to pay that portion upfront.

To top it off I lost my short film competition tonight.

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Old 09-19-06, 12:43 AM   #2
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Glad to hear you're not seriously injured.
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Old 09-19-06, 02:16 AM   #3
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To clarify, you struck the car on the front drivers side quarter panel? If so and you were lit up then yeah, I can't find any fault in what you were doing. Just glad to hear that your're OK...bikes can be replaced.

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Old 09-19-06, 03:41 AM   #4
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struck well more defensive than that. I got car rash I glazed him. He was not looking straight whe he turned.Keep in mind you need to avoid braking on car side so only front brake.
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Glad you weren't hurt any more than that. Right turners at red lights scare the crap out of me. Partly because I know in many instances the cars windshield pillar can obscur something as small as a biker. Work in an upgrade on his insurance if you can. I mean that looked like a halogen headlight you broke to me ...
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I agree. I have nothing against car drivers, but most of them do not anticipate bikers and thus VERY easily run right into us. (Especially buses and large trucks, which are trying to focus on not running over the Mini Cooper in the next lane.) Heck - if drivers can't even avoid hitting other cars on a regular basis, you can be SURE that even with maximum visual aids, some of them will end up hitting a biker at some point (hopefully at low speeds.)

Still, glad that you're ok, and I give you kudos for wearing max protective/visual gear. It's really the only defense we've got.
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Old 09-19-06, 07:24 AM   #7
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Glad you weren't hurt any more than that. Right turners at red lights scare the crap out of me. Partly because I know in many instances the cars windshield pillar can obscur something as small as a biker. Work in an upgrade on his insurance if you can. I mean that looked like a halogen headlight you broke to me ...
Yes, by all means try to engage in insurance fraud...
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Old 09-19-06, 07:41 AM   #8
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Similar thing happened to me last night, but no crash.
It was dark, and I was coming to an intersection near the bottom of a big hill. I'm on a single speed, so I was cranking away as hard as possible, and not about to stop. I was in the middle of my lane and no cars were behind me. I saw the guy approaching the intersection for a right turn. I slowly slid to the left hand of the lane, so as to avoid an accident if he couldn't stop, and looked straight at him w/ a halogen helmet light.
He slammed on the brakes and stopped about half way into the intersection.
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Old 09-19-06, 07:41 AM   #9
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It was a good accident, I had witnesses thank you, the guy stopped and had insurance. I got to walk away. All in all great
I like that line right there that made me laugh sorry about the accident heal up, and hopefully you get a shiney bike
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Yes, by all means try to engage in insurance fraud...
I deserved that but it was meant as a joke - hence the wink. Hope no one was a offended and no I do not think the OP or anyone should commit insurance fraud. My rates are high enough as it is.
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Glad to hear you're ok OP. Sorry about the film competition. Heal up and I hope your bike's ok too. Check the frame alignment and look for cracks.
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Old 09-19-06, 08:32 PM   #12
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feeling sore.

My muscles have never felt more sore my arms realy feel beat up even parts on my left side. Well I still manged to ride 14 miles to college today, and my bicycle gets out of the shop tommorow for my 35 mile ride to collegeon Wed. Oh joy.
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To top it off I lost my short film competition tonight.
Glad you are okay. It all happens at once! Last time I lost a short film contest fortunately it was just a two block walk home. Were you finishing the film and couldn't because of the wreck, or was it the judging?
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Glad you're not hurt worse, wheel How's your bike, or have you found out yet?

BTW, understand that your reflective vest doesn't reflect when the motorist's lights are aiming sideways like that. If you put it out in the dark, and aim a flashlight away from it, no reflectie. And you need a steady headlight (not flashing) to be street-legal in Arizona at night, so if you don't have one that can run steady, it would be a good plan to get one. Don't want these chumps getting off the hook on silly technicalities like that...
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Yes, by all means try to engage in insurance fraud...
It kinda evens out because some drivers don't pay some of our fellow bicyclists at all. *wink wink, nudge nudge*

Glad the OP is okay. I was involved in my very first "major" accident as well, and let me tell you, you never think it will happen to you until well, it happens.
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It kinda evens out because some drivers don't pay some of our fellow bicyclists at all. *wink wink, nudge nudge*

Glad the OP is okay. I was involved in my very first "major" accident as well, and let me tell you, you never think it will happen to you until well, it happens.
That's why I hate reading about cycling deaths. I feel like they are bombs going off in the background gradually coming closer, closer, and closer. Tilll BANG I am sprawled all over a hood of a sedan
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Yes we are in an enviroment where our health is in someone elses hands.
When I read them I think wow that could of have been me so easily.
The dreaded I did not see him makes me cringe.


Well class 2 does both, one it is reflective stripps and two it is hi-visiblity green material for the vest. I have noticed to some degree street lights will reflect from my vest. However you are correct headlamps is what it is intended for. Not people turning on red. Because if they stop they will see in the lighted intersection a mass of object.


Now I think flashing is better and I will argue a blue flashing light is way better in a city with lots of lights urban enviroment.
ARS 28-817 Always use a white headlight and a red rear reflector when you cycle after sunset or before sunrise


As for my film I was going to the judging so yea we made it. However since it was my first competition we had some minor problems with technical things. It was fun though .

My bike is getting a tune-up and police report I pick up on Thursday I hope.

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How are you feeling? Nothing worse than just aches and bruises I hope.
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feeling sore.

My muscles have never felt more sore my arms realy feel beat up even parts on my left side. Well I still manged to ride 14 miles to college today, and my bicycle gets out of the shop tommorow for my 35 mile ride to college on Wed. Oh and I get to walk around for 10 hours in between Wed. and when I finsih up my 14 mile ride on Thursday. Oh joy.


Well life is rather demanding. I can deal with low speed collisions, if I have to deal with something anything.
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