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Old 01-22-05, 12:11 AM
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Have you been hit by a car?

Some folks think this a humorous subject, but really have you ever been hit by a car? Not near misses, but actual hits. Was it your fault? Were you on a sidewalk or in a driveway, or perhaps in a bike lane.
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Old 01-22-05, 12:17 AM
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I got right hooked while riding in a town north of Houston, TX.
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Hit intentionally from behind riding on a street with 2 lanes each side no bike lane. Guy in a large truck took out my back wheel sending me into a telephone pole. I do not think it is a funny topic, this is a serious problem. Many cyclists are hurt, disabled and killed by this. I am still recovering some 2 months later.
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Old 01-22-05, 06:00 AM
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I was knocked off by a guy inching out of a sideroad on the offside (in US terms, the left)!! I was in clear view but I think I was concealed behind his window pillars (which get thicker with each new model).
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Old 01-22-05, 08:28 AM
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I've almost been hit a couple of times by careless drivers. In both cases, they were making sharp turns way too fast onto the road where I was riding. It was in full daylight and the weather was perfect. They didn't see me at all, and were clearly at fault.

I had a boyfriend in college who worked part time as a messenger. He was hit twice by cars. It's been too long and I don't remember the details. At any rate, the collisions happened before I met him.
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I got hit, and it was my fault. I think there are many times car freaks are at fault because they don't care or are stupid. I have had near misses that were no worse because I had a better view or was quicker than the docile driver. This time I was stupid. I was crossing an intersection about to enter a one way street the wrong way, just as the light turned. The driver absolutely punched it while not looking forward and T-boned me. I dodged a bullet by not being hurt, because I ended up wiping the grime off the roof of his car and landing next to it. The bike was bent in half and my handlebars were wrenched open like a cardboard tube. My point in bringing this type of accident up is that while there are certainly many crashes (I want to say most) that are the drivers fault, we as bikers need to be responsible for our actions. Relying on a driver to do what you want, to read your mind, where your physical being is concerned, is just nutty.
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I was hit. My fault. I was being a bonehead.
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3 times.

2 times ridiculously the drivers fault. Both even admitted it.

1 time sort of 50/50. A driver turned right into a parking lot when I was at his rear quarter panel (in the blind spot) just past an intersection. He should have looked before turning, but I had enough experience to know I was in a dicey area and should have anticipated the move and either stayed back a bit or got up front into his line of vision.
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OK I myself have been hit 3 times.

Once, early in my biking "career" by a right hook as a driver passed me in a bike lane and then cut into shopping center. The driver insisted it was not her fault. Score one Nishiki International.

The other two times I was hit by drivers leaving stop signs... in both cases the drivers were clearly at fault, and their insurance paid.

Second hit involved both of us on residential streets at stopsigns, I was in the middle of my side of the road (hey, residential street... ) the driver was stopped across from me. No turn signal or any other indications. We both took off, he then left turned into my rear wheel and stays. Score one Nishiki Superbe.

The last event put me into the hospital for a day, and taught me to always wear a helmet. I was on a main 4 lane boulevard zipping along at about 22 MPH, the driver was at a stopsign on a residential side street. Broad daylight (as all these were) and I was taking the right lane... (narrow older boulevard). I saw the driver, and I swear he looked right at me. Just as I was going past the residential street corner, he left the stop. I plowed into the drivers side fender and splatted on the hood. I was out from banging my head on the hood. Ambulance took me to the hospital and they took X-rays and stitched my face. Police later that day visited me in the hospital and asked how fast I thought I was going... I said "about 22." Cop said I did some pretty good damage to the fender... they were quite surprised. They also ticketed the driver for failing to yield right of way at a stop. I needed some chiropractic work on my back for the "jackknife" effect. I also had headaches for weeks. Crunched a Trek.

The "joke" to the last accident was the insurance company... they could not, in 1984, believe that anyone would ride a $900 bike and wanted "salvage rights." I have no idea what they were thinking... I did not own a car... that bike was my transportation. I of course gave them the pile of crunched metal.
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Old 01-22-05, 10:57 AM
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Twice. Once, tagged from behind by a taxicab. Riding on the side of the lane, uphill, moving slow. Taxi ran right into me, luckily he was going maybe 20-25. I was on crutches for over a month, took maybe four months to get back on the ride. Taxidrivers fault. Also, A mid intersection collision, with me turning left, but snow and ice contributed to this one, me coming down a hill and skidturning, too much downhill inertia. The car coming uphill had stopped to let me turn, but I slammed right into the front end sideways.

Plus, I've been swiped or jostled by cars a few times, usually cars trying to cruise past to a stop light on a four lane. My left pannier has some paint marks on it.

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I was on the street riding along, when this B!@#$ in a mercedes floors it out of a gas station. She broadsided me, and i got knocked into traffic. Luckly she hit the brakes when she hit me. I had 2 broken ribs, and 8 deep puncture wounds in the back of my right leg, from chainring. The traffic all stopped, and let me get scraped off the road , and once i got my bike out from under the lady's car, she just peeled off.

The moral to this story is that No matter How safe you are being, you should expect the unexpected. theres always a idiot out there.
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Hit 3 times: once by a car, twice by a pickup truck

1. New 16 YO old driver failed to see us after he stopped at stop sign as we were making a legal turn in front of him. Hit us broadside and dead-center on our tandem; crashed to the pavement. Result $2,000 worth of damage to bike + medical. He got ticket.
2. Drunk pickup driver struck me from behind at 45 mph on my single racing bike, while climbing a hill. Got big speed boost! West coast mirror hit me in lower back; mirror ripped off the car, bolts and all. Never fell down; 3 months of chiro work on the back. Drunk got ticket and 3 months license suspension.
3. On our tandem: struck from behind by pickup truck; driver in mid-70s with restricted driver's license (glaucoma) and, of course, NO insurance. Almost same scenario as hit on my single. Reflex tells you to veer to the right . . . but ditch did not look inviting. Kept bike upright. Break-away mirror on truck hit stoker in the back and busted mirror and hurt her back. Emergency room. Uninsured driver's fund paid for hospital visit. Driver lost his license.
With over a quarter million of cycling miles under our tires, we consider ourselves fortunate to be still out there mixing it up with traffic.
Be safe, be aware, follow the rules of the road and wear a helmet.
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Old 01-22-05, 01:50 PM
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Once. I was eleven, riding my bike to school. A woman, desperate to get her son to class on time at a different school, lost control of her car, came into my lane and hit me head on. I flipped completely over the car and landed on my feet. Needless to say, I was a bit stunned. The driver, who stopped, picked me up, drove me to my house, and left, never to be heard from again.

I wound up with no other injuries but for the broken middle finger on my right hand. For six weeks, I got to walk around school giving everyone the finger. What heaven!

I was not wearing a helmet, no one had them at that time. In retrospect, I really have absolutely no idea how I survived with such minor injuries.
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In November 1976 around 4:30 p.m., I was riding downhill at 25mph/40kph on a 2-lane residential street in west Los Angeles, on my way home from my job in Santa Monica. A motorist turned left into her driveway, across my path, evidently without signalling and without seeing me. I don't recall the incident, but I appear to have struck the side of the car while trying to execute a quick right turn emergency maneuver. The head tube of my 1960 Capo was forced back, my left clavicle was broken in two places, I had a moderate concussion, and I required several stitches over my left cheekbone. I was wearing a heavily padded version of the traditional leather "hairnet" helmet.

I received an out-of-court settlement of $2700 from the driver's insurance company. I avoided surgery on the clavicle, which actually healed in 2.5 weeks (let's hear it for fitness and youth; I was 26 at the time), and immediately bought one of the new-fangled Bell Biker hard shell helmets.
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Once, walking aross the street, with a walk signal, in the cross walk.
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I just got broadsided today while crossing at a crosswalk (people and bikes in crosswalks generally have the right-of-way in Portland). A car stopped for me to cross (and no traffic in the other direction) and after I started going someone behind her switched lanes and floored it right into me.

Funny (well, relatively funny) thing was that I had almost no injuries and the car was trashed. The front windshield was completely smashed, at least. Fortunately I was wearing a helmet.

Of course, now I'm out of a bike and need to get it replaced by the insurance people.
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I slammed into the side of a cab, moron had a right signal on, slowed down, pulled to the right, so I went left to pass and he proceeded to make a left, I slammed into the side and elbowed him in the face.

I've also hit cars a few times following too close.

And my litespeed, urg. Fresh out of the LBS, 2 blocks away, a cab clipped me, went down, fortunately it skidded on the left side of the bar and the rear QR lever and everything was fine.
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I cant recollect being hit in the past 20 years (in Montreal). In the previous 10 years I can remember 4 times (in Toronto). Twice being right hooked as cars were passing me, once a car coming in the opposite direction turning across me, once a car pulling out of a recreation area onto the road in front of me after stopping and looking (but not for bikes).
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Some folks think this a humorous subject, but really have you ever been hit by a car? Not near misses, but actual hits. Was it your fault? Were you on a sidewalk or in a driveway, or perhaps in a bike lane.

I was riding on the street and a pickup truck hit me while I was waiting at a stop sign. It was turning and whammo! It turned into my lane and knocked me off my bike onto the ground. I guess I was knocked out because I was laying on the ground and suddenly, people were standing over me. It took me a minute to figure out what happened, although I don't really remember EVERYTHING that happened. Witnesses contributed to the police report, so I didn't have to remember anyway.

I was lucky... I had no concussion or broken bones or even sprains. I just felt like I'd been hit by a truck for a few weeks! It was frustrating because I could only walk for a few minutes at a time, and then I had no energy to walk anymore. It made me mad that I had no stamina for a while.

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Once some young guy matched my speed and then pushed me into a curb. He was staring at me while he did it. I went over the handlebars, did a somersault, and landed on my feet unscathed.

I wasn't so lucky one winter day several years earlier when a woman hit a patch of ice, went off the road, and hit me going 65 mph (105 kph). That one nearly killed me. But, it doesn't count because I wasn't on a bike at the time.
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I was hit by a drunk driver towing a trailer behind his pick up. The trailer was much wider that his own vehicle, so his pick up missed me, but the trailer took me out. The a$$hole kept on driving and was luckily apprehended by another motorist who saw this all happen. Nothing happened to my bike, but I was a wreck. The driver was charged with drunk driving etc. but has since fallen off the face of the earth. My travel assurance paid for my hospitalisation, but not for my physiotherapy.
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Originally Posted by GeezerGeek
Once some young guy matched my speed and then pushed me into a curb. He was staring at me while he did it. I went over the handlebars, did a somersault, and landed on my feet unscathed.
I guess this was pre-recumbent days?

I've never been hit by a car while riding my bike. (I was hit by a bike once.) A friend of mine was by a car near a big box shopping center (mustn't stand in the way of American consumerism) and hit his head. He's not quite "right" anymore.

I was once hit on my motorcycle. Obviously I was in the street when it happened. A lady pulled out of a shopping center. She was impatient and could not see the lane I was in because another car to my right put me in a blind spot in relation to her as it was slowing to make a turn. I flew over her van and landed smack on top of my head. This was before the helmet law and I had just said to myself--should I wear my helmet? It's only a couple blocks. Good thing I did. I was pretty proud of my bruises and blood blisters. Badges of courage.
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Originally Posted by sbhikes
I've never been hit by a car while riding my bike. (I was hit by a bike once.) A friend of mine was by a car near a big box shopping center (mustn't stand in the way of American consumerism) and hit his head. He's not quite "right" anymore.
This is one of my issues with those that cite various statistics on bikes and bike accidents... apparently one must be dead before the numbers mean anything... inspite of the very real issue of severe injuries that can take place and are often not recorded in any way.

I really wonder how often a cyclist is injured to the point where they either cannot or chose to no longer ride again... and how does this effect our views of biking.
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I got hit, and it was my fault. I think there are many times car freaks are at fault because they don't care or are stupid. I have had near misses that were no worse because I had a better view or was quicker than the docile driver. This time I was stupid. I was crossing an intersection about to enter a one way street the wrong way, just as the light turned. The driver absolutely punched it while not looking forward and T-boned me. I dodged a bullet by not being hurt, because I ended up wiping the grime off the roof of his car and landing next to it. The bike was bent in half and my handlebars were wrenched open like a cardboard tube. My point in bringing this type of accident up is that while there are certainly many crashes (I want to say most) that are the drivers fault, we as bikers need to be responsible for our actions. Relying on a driver to do what you want, to read your mind, where your physical being is concerned, is just nutty.
very well put, there are enough accidents involving cars and bikes,however a lot of them could have been avoided if the bicyclist was more careful
 

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