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accident with car i had yesterday...happy thanksgiving

Old 11-23-07, 07:38 PM
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accident with car i had yesterday...happy thanksgiving

Im 17, for the record. Yesterday, at about noon in waynesboro PA, i was doing my normal training ride around. I had no destination in mind, just a time limit. Anyway, I was about an hour into the ride, and was going down a relatively steep hill, picking up speed. I was coming up on an intersection, (not a light intersection, but there was no stopsign on the road i was on), that i was going to turn left onto, a car passed recently, so i checked back to see if there was another car there. There was, about 200 feet back. I moved into the middle of the road, next to the double yellow, as i was about to turn left. I gave my CLEAR signal, and (i was going about 40 at this time, and began to brake slightly to make sure i could make the turn), and so i began the turn, when all of a sudden i hear a car, and BOOM. I hit the left side of the car that i saw earlier as i was turning. The YOUNG woman was passing me, on a double yellow, when i was already going the speed limit, after having given my obvious turn signal AND was in the middle of the road. She could have easily passed on the right as well. Anyway, i hit the car, and next thing i know i hit the ground, HARD, mostly on my left side. I was going 40, so i dont stop there, i continue sliding/rolling around for another 20-30 feet. All i remember then is getting up really fast, as though nothing happened. In the middle of the road is my bike, and the cars passenger side mirror laying on the road. It didnt hurt. Not then. I didnt feel the burns for another 5-10 minutes. I didnt feel the bruise on my hip until i got back home. I was considering just getting their insurance information and RIDING home, but feeling the pain now, i dont think i would have been able to. The woman and her (husband?) were very compliant. The husband came out of the car right away and apologized purfusely. Asked if i was ok etc. The woman was really shaken up about what happened. they had their baby in the backseat, and im assuming she felt even worse since she had a child. Called the cops, who was also a great guy. He made everything official. There was a motorcyclist on the right, at the interseciton, who saw everything and made sure i was ok. He gave witness for the cop, who, made the accident to blame on the woman, yay for me. Anyway, my jersey was ripped open. It hurts to walk, but its just a bruise, and i should be ok to ride again in a few days. If i dont ride soon i might go insane. But im going to be extra careful now, especially around intersections. Im really lucky that there wasnt a car coming in the opposite direction, actually, probably not, because then she wouldnt have passed. But im even luckier that the timing was such that i hit the side of her car, rather than having them run me over. Anyway thats my story. Be safe on left turns...
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Old 11-23-07, 07:40 PM
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that was my sixth or seventh time riding my brand new 07 felt f4 too, lucky me the only real damage is too the shift lever hood, as well as a little damage to my pedals + saddle, but its all a cheap fix. i might need no cleats as well, but the bike damage could have been MUCH worse...
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Old 11-23-07, 07:53 PM
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A few pieces of advice:

Make sure the bike shop checks the bike out thoroughly for you

If you have any doubts at all about your medical condition, make sure you get checked out by a doctor... without a good medical exam, you may not notice certain types of injuries until later.

Learn about these nifty things called paragraphs. Makes your posts MUCH easier to read!

Heal up fast. See ya back out on the road.
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Old 11-23-07, 09:03 PM
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40? Wow, you're lucky as hell. Get well soon.
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Old 11-24-07, 04:34 AM
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fbi...
You didn't mention it, so, I'm wondering if you use a rear view mirror. Not that you did anything wrong, but, a mirror might have allowed you to keep tabs on the lady driver to save yourself some rash.

I am glad you had a witness, and I am left scratching my head as to why the lady would ever attempt to pass over a double yellow at an intersection, no matter how fast you were going.

. . . must have been a really wide open intersection if you could contemplate navigating it from 40 mph with a feather touch of the brakes (my mind wondering of on a totally non-relevant tangent that has no bearing on the accident).

I, too, am glad to hear that you suffered no serious injuries. Get your bike checked out and get back to riding ASAP.

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Old 11-24-07, 06:21 AM
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fbisaint21, glad you are ok. Left hand turns for cyclist are the most dangerous. I had a similar fall but not with a car. It took a few days for several long impacting injuries to actually show up so I would get checked out soon especially if you suspect something is getting worse. I ended up with a sprained shoulder and torn labrum but didn't even suspect it at the time so I continued my ride for another 15 miles. This is basically an injury that will haunt me from now on.

Hope all works out for you.
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Old 11-24-07, 10:24 AM
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Wow, that's some seriously bad driving, lady.

Glad you are ok.

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Old 11-25-07, 11:38 AM
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1) Take photos of your bike. Take it to a shop for an estimate of repairs (or, if it can be repaired). Try to get them to provide you with a written estimate.

2) Get a copy of the preliminary police report. Write up your version of the accident, and submit it to the police so that it will be part of the official record.

3) Document your injuries. Take photos of your injuries now, and every few days as they heal. Keep track of all medical bills. See a doctor ASAP!! The cost of the doctor's visit will be paid by the driver's insurance.

4) If the driver has insurance, you'll be dealing with their insurance company. Do *NOT* take the first offer from them. If their insurance company tries to jerk you around, you may need to speak with an attorney, or retain one to assist with your case. Hopefully, that won't be necessary, but keep it in mind as an option.


Your settlement should include:
  • Payment for replacing your bike (make sure you get a true replacement - not a "current worth").
  • Payment for all your medical bills (including doctor's visits, physical therapy, bandages, antibiotics, scar creams, etc.).
  • Payment for any "lost time" at work (if you work).
  • A shockingly large payment for "pain and suffering". I had a very similar accident (40 mph, no broken bones) last February, and the pain and suffering part of the settlement was around $17K. I didn't expect it, and didn't ask for it, but there it was (and a bike riding attorney assured me I could have gotten more if I'd wanted to fight for it).

PM me if you have more questions about how to proceed...I'm not an attorney, but I have gone through this process and would be happy to share my experience with you.


And, heal up...fortunately, 17 year old bodies heal faster than 54 year old bodies.
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Old 11-25-07, 11:59 AM
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Considering the speed you were traveling and the type of collision and fall you were pretty lucky. Glad to hear it wasn't worse.
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Old 11-25-07, 12:05 PM
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dude, you got seriously lucky at that kinda speed. get better soon.
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