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Old 07-19-09, 06:39 AM   #1
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Accident - Life is good

Just returned from Philippines, Did my first ride in US in 5 months. 23 miles short of 2600 miles YTD. So I thought go for it. No poblems in PI. So yesterday i decided to do the 23 miles. 10 miles into ride, I was following about 75- 100 yards behind a SUV, Entry into a subdivision was on a outside curve, and he turned in. I started the curve when i noticed a SUV coming towards me. As I entered the curve I saw that he was not looking at me or slowing down much - other than to rurn in subdivison. I saw he was NOT LOOKING IN MY DIRECTION and then he turned into the subdivision in front of me - I hit my brakes, HOPING not to have him hit me with his grill. I almost made it. He hit me somewhere on the corner of front fendor and I went into the air. I remember looking back, seeing his face - he was a very older gentleman, and I noticed I was higher than his SUV. I remember thinking this is going to hurt! Then BAM - I hit the pavement and I Thought "he's going to roll over me". Luckily he did not, but the pain was Awesome. I landed on my left left hip/pelvus. Did I mention Pain was awesome. I think I passed out for a few seconds as when I looked from th ground, his car was stopped, his front tire even with my head about 2 feet away. I also noticed, I was 60-80 feet into the subdivision ! I layed still on purpose, he finally came out of car, and said you OK? I hollered NO! call an ambulance. He then said "Why didn't you stop?" I said I had right of way, tried but couldn't in time. Why didn't you look? He was, I estimate about 80 and looked totally confused. He had no cell phone but about that time others came around and someone called. I still had bike between my legs, and laid there till ambulance came.
Emergency Room took X-Rays, (That morphine is good stuff). and news was no broken bones - Life is Good!!!!!! They sent me home, painful night, swollen and can hardly walk this am, but I will be back on road. A woman in neighbor hood has my bike, and I don't know were helmut/sunglasses are, so I have not checked bike yet, I called police when I got home from Emergency room, and they said Driver admitted he made a mistake, Bike is a custom Steelman, so I hope its OK- BUT I don;t care, Life is Good, I have many hills to climb yet, and prognosis is good I will be able to. Just gotta be careful of getting hooked on pain pills. Wife asked me what I was doing riding in subdivision and about passed out when she realized I was on the road prior to entry.
Again, Life is good.
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Old 07-19-09, 07:24 AM   #2
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Sounds like you came out good considering.Hope you are back on the bike soon.Or a bike not sure your bike came out as good as you.
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Old 07-19-09, 07:34 AM   #3
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Glad you are just hurting, sorry you are hurting; that could have been a lot worse. I hope your bike is OK but you should replace your helmet even if it appears undamaged. I also hope the ER sent you home with pain med, if not see your physician. Being able to walk will help prevent blood clots.
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Old 07-19-09, 08:12 AM   #4
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Glad you are OK - it could have indeed been worse.
Rules of the road:
1) Right of way means nothing - the bike always looses
2) Assume the car is always out to get you and act accordingly.
3) Make eye contact with the driver and get some kind of acknowledgement that you are there.

Using these rules I have never been hit, when I forget to use these rules I have come close.
Even the best drivers and riders make mistakes but when a bike is involved the margin for error is almost nonexistent. I find it rediculous when I read about riders suggesting we hold our own and assert our rights when in traffic, I would much prefer to make myself visible and protect myself.

Please don't take this as a suggestion you did anything wrong - just using your story to but emphasis on these common sense points.
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Old 07-19-09, 09:01 AM   #5
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Make sure your state's department of motor vehicles reviews this guy's fitness to drive, and make damn sure this counts as at least one point against his driving record. Make sure his insurance company knows all about it. Fair is fair ...
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For the sake of other drivers and cyclists in your area, please do all you can to get this guy off the road for keeps. Probably time to talk to your lawyer.

On the positive side, glad to hear you are more or less OK.

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Old 07-19-09, 07:18 PM   #7
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Glad you are OK - it could have indeed been worse.
Rules of the road:
1) Right of way means nothing - the bike always looses
2) Assume the car is always out to get you and act accordingly.
3) Make eye contact with the driver and get some kind of acknowledgement that you are there.

Please don't take this as a suggestion you did anything wrong - just using your story to but emphasis on these common sense points.
Thanks CF, I follow the rules you outline, but he clearly did not see me and admitted it. I braked and had mind not to get in front of his truck and hit him in the front fender. I got my Bike today, its Totaled, Its a cusom built Steelman
Top Tube Bent and bowed. Seat torn, wheels OK except front needs drastic alignment. Only small scratch on helmet. Shifters ground down.
Pictures- (hope I am am OK with modesty). attached. Hand covers about 3 inches of road rash.
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Old 07-19-09, 07:38 PM   #8
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Here is where it gets fun, lets see if his insurance company will give you what it will cost to get a true replacement. At this point a good ambulance chasing lawyer might do some good.
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Old 07-19-09, 08:00 PM   #9
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Well, congratulations you did not get more seriously hurt.
I am also now going more on roads and had some close calls. A car driver made a California stop entering my right of way through going road. He looked at me but did not see me.
Only an extreme evasive maneuver on my part saved me.
I seem to have about one accident per 10,000 miles of cycling. Lucky most are accidents because of road conditions such as big potholes.
Cycling is not the safest activity.
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Old 07-20-09, 04:37 AM   #10
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Glad you're gonna' live to fight another day. It sounds like the outcome could have been much worse.

Seconding what Cyclinfool says......treat all cars like wild, ferocious, and unpredictable animals.

It sounds like you did, which is what allowed for an outcome that gives you another day.
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Old 07-20-09, 07:08 AM   #11
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I admire your attitude and am glad you were not more seriously injured.
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Old 07-20-09, 07:36 AM   #12
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Yikes! How scary for you!

And that bruise...*shudders in sympathy*

Glad you weren't hurt worse. And sorry about the bike. I hope you get a replacement, at no cost to you.
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Yowch! Glad you are not hurt worse, though.

Hope you can get the bike replaced.
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Old 07-20-09, 07:50 AM   #14
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I am so thankful you're not hurt any worse. My brother's bruise on his hip is 10 times worse than yours and he slid down turning a corner-he wasn't hit by anyone.

Also, my cycling buddy who was hit by a car the day after Thanksgiving EXACTLY the same way you were hit-is still not walking without assistance-and is still have numerous issues. Be thankful the car did not hit your leg, knee, arms, hand, etc. Bones and joints just cannot handle very much trauma like that. All my buddy wants to do is ride a bike again. I'm so thankful you're going to be able to do that very soon.

also, best of luck on the bike replacement and insurance stuff.......all that might just be more painful than what you're feeling right now.

(Not sure what part of Ky you are in but just drove through I75 from Dayton to Knoxville and spent a couple nights around Lexington on the way up and back. I would really love to get on some of the rural roads around there on a bike. Looked to be some awfully gorgeous country.........)
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Oh man that bruise looks awlful! I bet it is going to if not already hurting.
Glad you did not get hurt wrorse than you did, sorry about the bike but that can/will be replaced.

check out this one Pharding Hit by Car A much worse result. It is in the Road fourm. He was lucky to be honest
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Ack! Heal up fast, you were lucky...
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3) Make eye contact with the driver and get some kind of acknowledgement that you are there.
Eye contact is an urban myth or something. There's no way to get it short of hitting the car first; if they don't see you, they don't see you. Even if you get it, there's no guarantee that you've registered in the driver's (un)conscious mind. And if you *don't* get it, what are you gonna do, stop?

Glad to hear you'll be OK, Red. Make sure the insurance puts *everything* right.
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Eye contact is an urban myth or something. There's no way to get it short of hitting the car first; if they don't see you, they don't see you. Even if you get it, there's no guarantee that you've registered in the driver's (un)conscious mind. And if you *don't* get it, what are you gonna do, stop?

Glad to hear you'll be OK, Red. Make sure the insurance puts *everything* right.
Yep - and thats why I said to get an acknowledgement. I usually wave and if I don't get a wave back or a nod of the head I assume they still don't see me.
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Yikes, I'm glad you are OK. I can't believe that you remember flying through the air, yet you didn't break any bones or sustain any worse injuries. Your life IS good.

I never assume a driver sees me no matter who's right it is to go first. If I don't know for sure, I keep my hands on the brake levers and slow down if I need to, preparing to stop if necessary. And if the driver does wait I acknowledge it with a wave and say "thank you".
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Such good news that, even though you are hurt, you are alive and will recover. Be sure to scream and yell to the insurance company about the replacement of your bike. That is about the only thing that will make the insurance company come close to replacing what you lost. Unless you just happen to get an adjuster that is a cyclist, you have little chance of your adjuster understanding the value of a good bike. Most people only see the price tag of a bike in Wal-Mart.
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Old 07-20-09, 09:47 PM   #21
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Wow - I'm glad you're still with us. Bikes can be replaced. That's an ugly looking bruise, but it'll heal. Your account scares the heck out of me, especially ending up with the car's wheel a few feet from your head.
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Glad you are OK. Several things set you up. You stated you were following a SUV. Offending driver saw that vehicle and didn't see you, you were likely in a position that masked your presence even if you saw the other vehicle. The age of the driver also comes into play. Reaction times are way down at that age. Even if he did make eye contact with you, he probably would have looked through you.
Just this past weekend our group was almost taken out because we were passed by an SUV that prevented opposing traffic from seeing us. Once the SUV cleared us opposing traffic turned accross the lane into 8 riders doing 25 mph. We learned our brakes work real well.

Good luck with the insurance company, I have my doubts about being made whole.
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Hokey Smokes! I sure hope Mrs S. doesn't see this... she'll never let me ride on the streets again
Seriously, glad you made it through relatively OK.

Yep. SUVs... rolling blind spots, rolling chicanes... call 'em what you will.
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Joining with everyone in commiserating, sending good wishes for recovery - and I'm impressed with your attitude of looking on the bright side. Life is indeed good, and I'm glad you're not embittered.

A Steelman? Lovely bike. From the couple of emails I exchanged with the craftsman he seems a great fellow. I'm sure he'd send a value statement to the insurance loss adjuster?
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[QUOTE=cyclinfool;9308717]Glad you are OK - it could have indeed been worse.
Rules of the road:
1) Right of way means nothing - the bike always looses
2) Assume the car is always out to get you and act accordingly.
3) Make eye contact with the driver and get some kind of acknowledgement that you are there.

rule 4). Assume they don't see you even when looking in your direction.
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