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Old 01-12-12, 10:32 PM
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2012 crash!

Just want to share my first big commuter crash experience! Commuting over 2 ys. I was riding my regular route in Moonachie, NJ. All lights on, vest, everything by the book. At about 18mph speed i had a phone wire twisted into my derailleur. The wire got loose and was hanging from a street pole and partially on the road about 3ft off the curb. Not in the cars way but in bicycle for sure. So it caught me and stopped my bike from 18mph to 0mph in a split of a sec. and I went vertical up. My SPDs unclipped and I got airborne alone. Landed on my left leg and twisted the knee and then crashed on my head. The helmet saved my head 100%, my thick gloves saved my hands but the knee gave a sound I'll remember for long... Well It'll be a few weeks until i get back to commuting! Here a quick video The knee was killing me so its just few secs. Tip of the day: WEAR HELMET PEOPLE. ALWAYS! I consider myself lucky.

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Old 01-12-12, 11:05 PM
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Wow, glad you are basically Ok. I hope the knee gets better soon with out too much hassle. I don't think I'd have the wherewithal to roll tape at a time like that.

Helmets are good. I've had crashes where my head never came close to the ground and a couple others where my helmet has had catastrophic damage. I just goes to show you, if you are out there stuff random stuff is just gonna happen, best to be prepared.

Go get a new helmet while you are waiting for your knee to heal up. Then get back out there as soon as you can.
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Old 01-12-12, 11:09 PM
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So glad you are okay!!!

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Glad you didn't suffer more damaging injuries.
I assume you took videos and photos of the dangling wire?
Pointed it out to the officer for the police report?
What kind of headlight(s) are you running?

If you wish to answer on this thread that's ok, maybe we
can all learn from this.

But if I were you, I wouldn't give any more details. Things
you post here might be twisted/misinterpreted against you
if you do get into a lawsuit.
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Old 01-12-12, 11:26 PM
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Holy crap. **** happens fast. I'm glad you weren't hurt worse and good to see you had some leos to make sure you didn't get crunched by a car. I recommend a trip to the urgent care clinic. helmets++ When I toppled over at 2 mph I just hurt but two days later my bruised arm turned black, I hurt more and after an xray discovered I had broken the top of the lesser humerus arm bone: a broken shoulder that took 9 months to heal. It took a year for the sprained finger to stop being swollen. I recommend getting that knee looked at pronto.

Wishing you a speedy recovery, Tomassus.

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Old 01-12-12, 11:31 PM
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Well. Police was there in 10 sec.

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Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.
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you might consider a Doc's appt. Better safe then sorry!
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Yowch! Glad you weren't hurt worse than you were. Enjoy your "time off".
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Glad to hear you're OK. Helmet worked, despite the fact that some " others" don't think it is worth it. I had a minor spill earlier this year, fell off the back and hit my head, back and elbow. I always wear it off road too. +2 on seeing a doc, sometimes injuries take a while to show up.
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Ouch dude!

A friend of mine was clotheslined by a low-hanging cable-tv wire in an alley. He tweaked his neck pretty good.
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Whatever you do, do not post this in A&S and express your appreciation for having had a helmet on at that time. The injuries you suffered in your crash will pale in comparison to the onslaught of insults you will receive on suggesting the helmet did you any good at all. You will be blamed for having not seen the wire- insufficient lighting equipment, not paying attention, riding too fast etc. And you will be regaled with "expert" opinions backed by a rash of convoluted statistical evidence as to why the helmet may have done you more harm than good.

For those of us in the Commuting forum, who ride all the time and are aware that this kind of accident can happen to any one of us at any time, you have our sympathy and best wishes on a healthy recovery and I, for one, am glad for your head's sake you had a helmet on when you crashed.
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Old 01-13-12, 09:56 PM
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Tomassus, hope your knee will be Ok. It's probably a good idea to visit your doctor if it isn't feeling much better this weekend.

I had a 2011 head plant due to a t-bone accident. I did have a helmet on too and my head was about the only part of my body that wasn't injured.
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A lawsuit? Really? I guess that this is normal these days...
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Yikes, Heal fast!
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Hope you're doing better and wishing you a speedy recovery. I want to thank you for your post, becuase I looked at my riding gear and was wearing a pair of Jeresy Cotton Gloves which wouldn't do a thing for my hands if I went down........Changed back to my leather work gloves.

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I assume you've been in communication with the telecommunications company and/or their insurer. And that you've seen a doctor.
The legally savvy would tell you not to talk about your accident on an internet forum or to post a video on You Tube if there may be legal actions.

Good luck and feel free to help yourself to some ibuprofen.
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Originally Posted by buzzman View Post
Whatever you do, do not post this in A&S and express your appreciation for having had a helmet on at that time. The injuries you suffered in your crash will pale in comparison to the onslaught of insults you will receive on suggesting the helmet did you any good at all. You will be blamed for having not seen the wire- insufficient lighting equipment, not paying attention, riding too fast etc. And you will be regaled with "expert" opinions backed by a rash of convoluted statistical evidence as to why the helmet may have done you more harm than good.
Enjoyed that. Literary talent

I typed up my little experience with bicycle helmets. I'll hardly get on a bike without one now.
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Ouch! Hope you heal soon, and here's to wishing you a debris-free rest of your 2012!
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Wow I hate to hear this. I know it was dark, that's why I try to keep a good forward line way out in front of me. So as to see potential hazards. In your case you might not have seen the wire in thrown dark though.

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