Normally I just lurk here. Today I am out of the shadows.
Cycling north across campus, in the east lane. Student on a skateboard going downhill south on the sidewalk elects to exit from a driveway into the same east lane, but alas, in the opposite direction. He didn't see me because of parked cars obstructing vision. And I saw him not quite in time to avoid him.
He collides with me head on.
The good news: it could have been worse, much worse. My bike took the impact and probably saved us both from worse injury. It crumpled much like modern car hoods are designed to crumple in accidents. And no cars were coming up behind to drive over us both as we lay in the street.
The bad news: He's got a broken nose, I've got a swollen gashed elbow, both wheels on my bike are taco'd, chainwheel broken, and I dunno about the frame.
I started to yell at him (what were you thinking, this is a TWO WAY street!) but oh hell, he's not much more than a kid, 18-19, and his nose is bleeding and likely bust (he broke it once before). A good samaratin (sp?) drove him to the ER.
I filed a police report, called my insurance agent, and likely am going to say goodbye to the bike as I don't think I can trust the frame.
I'm a little shaky right now.
But I know there's gotta be people here who went through a smash. Any advice?