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    Week and a half commuting---i went down GRRRRRR

    Well, maybe this wont happen for a while now, but after commuting for a week and a half i went down today. Im actually pretty good but my rt ankle is messed up--sprained it real bad. EMT's had a medical doc with thm said SLIGHT chance it *COULD* be fractured, i think its just sprained though.

    Anyways, i saw it coming, i started down the last mile of my treck home--almost all down hill, i started down the hill, speed picks up quick. Then i see a car back out into the road--slowly. I was like NO WAY!!--Me on a bright red bike with a bright red basket, light grey shirt/sweats, orange safety vest--on the proper side of the road going the right way--in the roadway. I applied the brakes as hard as i could, skided a little--still carrying a bunch of momentum, by this time i can see its a older person with a walker in the pass seat--never saw me coming. She starts to pull away, i see a the driveway clearing in the curb and try to get on the sidewalk. The 3/4" lip from the road to sidewalk caught the tires as i couldnt make a sharpenough turn onto it and took me down. I rolled to a stop on the sidewalk next to the bike, as the car went down the road---i was PI**ED!!!!! Of course the 2 cars behind me kept going--thanks.

    I was surprised on the many that slowed and even turned around to see if i was alright. A gentleman called the police and the whole brigade showed up, EMT's wanted me to go to the hospital, i declined and reassured if i felt bad latter on i would go in the morning. My wife came and got me. I sit here typing with my ankle on ice and in the air to keep any bruising down.

    No idea if the bike is damaged in any way, i just fixed the unknown bent rear axle i had this weekend as well as other adjustments and new brakes---glad i had them or i would have ended up on the car for sure---they were really bad before. And its my wifes bike as my new commuter is not prepared yet for my needs. Darn--i though i was having a good day. Well, i will rest and had to drive to work now, hopefully by the end of the week or next week i can ride again.

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    Wow that stinks.. but wait the driver just drove off? Isn't that a hit and run?

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    20 minutes on, 20 minutes off (the ice, that is). The first couple of days make a big difference.

    When I had my first accident, I sprained both elbows but stubbornly rode 10 miles home anyway. By dinner I couldn't get a fork full of food to my mouth. It took six months before my left elbow was completely healed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowGray View Post
    Wow that stinks.. but wait the driver just drove off? Isn't that a hit and run?

    I never hit the car so technically not a hit and run--came real close though---real close. Happend to fast to get the plate. All i know is old woman, tan small car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowGray View Post
    Wow that stinks.. but wait the driver just drove off? Isn't that a hit and run?
    Doesn't sound like the guy was aware of anything, and there was no contact between the vehicles.
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    Does it matter if there was no contact, if you caused an accident? If you run someone off the road, there's no contact, but you still own it.

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    Well, at least you are vertical for the most part right. Glad your not hurt. I rode M-thursday last week, but drove on Friday. Friday I was rear ended at an intersection I usually ride thru.....
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    File a report. If the lady was coming out of a driveway, she's identifiable by someone that resides there.

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    Im going to the doctors today to see if my ankle is really just sprained. Just like a car crash, it hurts alot more the next day.

    I also didnt realize it was a business driveway (small womans doctor facility), she was coming out of so im going to see if i can find out who it was or if they wont give me that info, at least call the police and give them the info if they know.

    The unfortunate part is, the two cars behind me that could have caught her didnt do jack--they probably werent paying attention untill i actually hit the gound and she was already on her way down the road.

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    bummer- You might be better off if the ankle is broken- sprains take a long time to heal, if they ever completely do.
    I had a very similar incident several yrs ago- Luckily there was no oncoming traffic, so I was able to use the opposite lane to pass the car that pulled out in front of me. I enter that downhill much more cautiously now, and take the lane when my speed gets above 25 (the posted speed limit)- even just coasting I can get up to ~30 mph on it.

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    Glad you weren't hurt worse. Good thing you were looking out.

    In 13 months of bike commuting, the closest I've come to getting hit by a car was someone backing out of a driveway. I saw the car idling (exhaust) and instinctively moved to my left toward the center of the road. Just as I got near, the car suddenly backed out very fast without looking. It missed me by about a foot. Fortunately there was no traffic coming from the other direction or I would have been toast.

    I always keep a close eye on cars approaching from sidestreets, but I get the impression they see me very well with my neon yellow vest and bright headlight. People backing out of driveways really scare me, however, because they just can't see very well. Whenever I see a car idling in a driveway now, I pay extra careful attention.

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    Glad you're >/< OK. I guess it just goes to show that anything can happen at any time.

    Not sure how the cops might or might not proceed with something like this, and since the place that would have the woman's identity is a medical facility it complicates it a bit.

    I don't think I'm so much afraid of what some motorist may do one day as I am of the day when I'm not paranoid enough.

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    What did the cops say when they showed up on the scene? Did they even offer to take information about the accident?

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    If it was a residential driveway - I would contact the residents and see if they can help you to identify the person who failed to yield right of way, and as a result caused the accident. Their insurance should take care of your medical and repair bills.

    Especially when travelling down hill, I tend to move further away from the curb, and would have probably moved further to the left so that I could have cleared the car to the left, behind them. There is often debris or uneven pavement on the right side of the road, which makes it a bad place to be especially when moving fast. A couple of years ago I had a similar thing happen where I was coming down a hill at approx the speed limit (35), when someone backed out of a driveway in front of me and proceeded down the street. Had I been further to the right, I would have had to brake hard and would have probably still rear-ended them - as it was, I passed the car on the left. Motor vehicles very often underestimate the speed of a bicycle, especially if you are travelling faster than about 15mph.

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    Sounds like you made a really good split decision, even if it didn't turn out in your favor.

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    Lucked out on my morning commute today. I had taken the lane to get ready to make a left turn and was about 10-20 yards from the intersection waiting for an oncoming car to clear when a speeder came up from behind, crossed the double-yellow and cut in, prompting a horn from the oncoming vehicle. Luckily no harm done, but I can't imagine what would have happened if I had started my (clearly signaled from 20 yards away) left turn.

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    Well the doc says just a real bad sprain, and wear an ankle brace and do the exercises that he printed out for me, could be a couple weeks or 6-8 or longer---just depends on how i feel and what im up to. So i guess when i feel a little better i will go on some small rides to get limbered up again.

    Other good news is i got the bike out of the back of my wifes truck tonight when we got home from a little ice cream-0--doesnt ice cream make you feel better---maybe im just a big kid. Even though i ride cheap bikes that i personally like, there was no damage i could find on it.

    So far other than whatever it costs me in gas now to drive, it costs me $27 for the doctors and a ankle brace.

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    were you on the sidewalk? sounds like you were. if you were in the road he probably would have noticed you. this is why you don't ride on the side walk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfishin View Post
    were you on the sidewalk? sounds like you were. if you were in the road he probably would have noticed you. this is why you don't ride on the side walk.
    Wow, did you read his post? He wiped out trying to get onto the sidewalk so he could avoid the car that just pulled in front of him on the road.

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    Not sure what kind of tires you were on, but 2" tires climb a 3/4" bump a lot better than 1" tires do.

    Not particularly common that a 3/4" bump is the difference between crash and no-crash, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfishin View Post
    were you on the sidewalk? sounds like you were. if you were in the road he probably would have noticed you. this is why you don't ride on the side walk.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bander View Post
    Wow, did you read his post? He wiped out trying to get onto the sidewalk so he could avoid the car that just pulled in front of him on the road.
    Thank you, i was wondering the same thing if he had read it also.



    Quote Originally Posted by cerewa View Post
    Not sure what kind of tires you were on, but 2" tires climb a 3/4" bump a lot better than 1" tires do.

    Not particularly common that a 3/4" bump is the difference between crash and no-crash, though.
    Yea, they are 2" knobby Mountian bike tires. I was REALLY surprised they caught that little lip like that---but i think the reason they did was 1 i was carrying to much speed, and 2 i didnt turn enough into the curb lip to get on the sidewalk. Kinda like if you ever drove a car off the pavement onto a uneven dirt/gravel shoulder and tried to get back on the road surface at speed---it just doesnt work well---untill you slow down enough.

    On a side note, i am feeling ALOT better today, so hopefully in a week or two i can ride again.

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    Wow, nasty stuff - glad your not hurt worse!

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    Dang man. Sorry to hear that. R.I.C.E= Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

    Hope you feel better. I have tough time getting back on the bike after a hard fall. Get back on and stay stong bro.

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