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My First Accident

Old 09-20-15, 03:27 PM
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My First Accident

I guess it happens to all of us. It happened to me yesterday, on what should have been the safest ride I've ever done.

Usually I start riding at 5:15 am +/- to get done early. That means I often ride (this time of year) in the dark. I do use multiple front/rear lights, stick to well-lit, less busy streets and of course wear my helmet. An added benefit to me is that I get to sleep in on Saturdays, which is usually my only chance all week to snooze late

But after a really tiring week I decided that this week I'd switch it up. Instead of riding my long ride Sunday at 5am I'd get up around 8am Saturday and go then (giving me both Saturday and Sunday to get a few extra hours of sleep).

I planned a ride strictly on local bike paths, through a large regional park's bike trails. Imagine, an entire ride in the light of day between 8:30am and about noon. It would be 30 - 40+ miles of car-free riding...I just had to cross about 4 roads. And that's where it got me. At the busiest intersection.

I carefully waited to cross with the light, in the designated bike lane. Rode across the 3 lanes eastbound, rode across the median, and then rode across the 3 lanes westbound. I was home free...or so I thought.

At the far side of the intersection, a triangular traffic island connected the road's bike lanes via dedicated bike lane and crosswalk to the totally separate bike path. It was the final lane of the 7 lanes I had to cross...just make it across what was the right turn only lane into the park.

As I crossed the traffic island a car came spinning around the turn lane, ignoring both the red light and the crosswalk/bike lane signage. It was on top of me before I could really react. I hit the brakes and went flying, I think over the handlebars. but I'm really not sure. I had a rapid and very unpleasant introduction to the asphalt.

All I really know is that I ended up on the asphalt and had lots of scrapes, scratches and various areas of my body that hurt. I slowly collected myself, got up from the roadside and spent about 5 minutes trying to calm down and assessing my heath and my bike's.

Both of us (the bike and I) were in fairly good shape. I had a few areas bleeding but no immediately obvious major problems. Worst part is/was my chest which either hit the bars or the road and is very sore making any deep breathes painful. I had fairly symmetrical scrapes and "road rash" on both knees and legs, both arms, and on my chest. I guess I must have landed (or skidded) in a fairly flat frontal position. Good thing I didn't hit a curb.

I spent a few hours yesterday afternoon in the ER getting checked, x-rayed and cleaned up a bit. The good news is nothing broken, but everything is pretty sore. I looked worse yesterday but feel worse today.

I'm hoping to get back on the bike later this week (hopefully Thursday) and will double down on my caution. Be safe out there.
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Old 09-20-15, 04:14 PM
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I'm glad that you are more or less okay. Hopefully you'll heal up quick.
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Old 09-20-15, 04:33 PM
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I, too, am glad you're relatively OK. Sounds like it could have been a LOT worse.

May I ask - did you go over the bars because of hitting your brakes, or did you hit the car?
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Old 09-20-15, 05:23 PM
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Glad it's not worse, and that you are ok! Hopefully the car stopped to render aid.
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Scary stuff.....I hit the ground earlier this year and my clavicle more or less exploded into 4 pieces. Been a long road back to the bike for me, but the clavicle was nothing compared to the brusing, and body pain I had. That to me was a fricking brutal after effect and cause me a month of what you could call sleep in a recliner. Glad you ok and nothing broken.
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Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
May I ask - did you go over the bars because of hitting your brakes, or did you hit the car?
I'm pretty certain that I did due to my own braking but truthfully I don't really know. It happened so quickly all I know is that I saw it coming and all of a sudden I'm in a heap on the asphalt.
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Old 09-21-15, 05:20 AM
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Practice emergency braking by throwing your butt back over the rear wheel.
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No mention of the car? did he stop and help you?
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Glad to hear you're mostly OK.
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Did the car stop, or did anybody else stop and help or offer to witness?

Glad your injuries are on the outside... How's your bike?
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Motorist did stop, apologized profusely. Bike is like me...mostly ok with some scratches and scrapes. I'm hoping to get back on the bike in the next few days. The soreness continues but I think getting started with a nice gentle ride will help it and my mental state.
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Police report filed?
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^ That
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Old 09-23-15, 02:33 PM
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No police report
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Originally Posted by MidLife50 View Post
No police report
Dumb Not to file one.

Guy hit me.

I went to the police station.

Sgt said, you want to know something, Yes I said.

You are his Fifth Accident in three months.
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Old 09-23-15, 02:41 PM
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Agreed. Easier to see now, especially after my wife "educated" me a bit.
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Police report filed?
Yeah the police report is step #1 to getting the motorist to pay for everything.
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