I was on the SE corner of 2 very busy roads waiting to cross headed east. When it was my right away, eastbound traffic started going. A black Explorer went straight while a red Taurus was waiting for me to cross before turning right. A silver Infiniti in the center lane was trying to make a right turn and thought that the Taurus was letting him turn so he guns it. He hits the rear half of my bike which sends me into this presumably awesome flip/twist thing, only to land on my face. Broken nose, cut lip, broken tooth, mess up jaw in 2 spots, messed up thumb and a badly bruised hip. The bike suffered a waved front wheel, mangled front sprockets, right crank arm and front dureilur (that I can tell so far). The driver got a scratched up front bumper and will soon have points on his license for reckless driving. Making an illegal turn and hitting a pedestrian isn't cheap to his insurance or a court.
I just thought I'd share since y'all can probably appreciate this a bit more. My family and friends are glad I'm ok but I don't think the people in my life really realize how dangerous it is sometimes. I'm going to call a lawyer because I'm sure the driver's insurance agency won't give me much. I'm not trying to get millions of dollars (like that dumbass who spilled hot coffee on herself and got a fat settlement), but being payed for my injuries (and my bus-pass, bike repair bills or the cost of a new bike) are due at least.
Now I'm lost on what to do. Do I call a lawyer? Do I call the insurance agency? I've never been hit by a car nor have I ever gotten any real injuries from cycling. Not to this magnitude at least. Skinned elbows and knees at the worst. Frankly, I'm pretty shaken up about it. It just happened so fast. I'm good with cars (despite not owning one) and I'm very good about telling what make/model and approximate year a car is but this happened so fast, I had no idea what kind of car he was driving. All I saw was a silver car.
Have you gotten hit on the bike-commute? If so, what came of the aftermath?