Near Accident today...feeling shook up
Hi guys... my nervous system is a wreck and the adrenaline is still pumping through me as I type this. I almost got left crossed, here's how it happened ( see drawing for clarification)
I was riding from my apt in DT LA on Wilshire and Bixel. I was making a quick trip to the ATM a few blocks away and was on my way back. I had just washed my helmet straps (smelly from sweating on my daily commute) and left it out to dry, so I did NOT have my helmet on. I hate riding without it, but I stupidly thought Id be ok because of the short distance.
I was riding the sidewalk because 1) I had no helmet and felt vulnerable on the road 2) the road has no bike lane, is narrow with parked cars on the right, and is extremely dark bc of trees blocking the street lights 3) everyone speeds here and I have personally witnessed accidents here nearly every week
I had just entered the crosswalk with a green light when a BMW 7 made a left coming right at me. Everything seemed in slow motion and I braced for impact. Somehow, I swerved or sped up juuuuust enough so that he missed my rear wheel by mere millimeters. I don't know how I didn't get hit with that heavy ass car - it was a miracle. I then fell of my bike as I lost my balance from swerving. The driver did stop and we had a discussion afterwards but I was too shook to be coherent. The cannondale seems to be ok and I have no injuries.
The driver mentioned how he thought that I was at fault because I came from the sidewalk. One witness said that I have right of way, while another blamed me saying that it was illegal to ride the sidewalk. I am sure I was already in the crosswalk when he started his left and sped at me. I have a bright ass light too so it seems he just simply wasn't paying attention. He would have hit a pedestrian had one been in the crosswalk. Was I in the wrong here? Is it illegal to ride in the sidewalk? Would I have been found at fault if the police had came?
Thanks guys for reading, I just had to let it out because I am still very shook up and do not want to ride again for a while.