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31 years road cycling. Finally plowed by a driver.

Old 05-05-18, 11:25 AM
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31 years road cycling. Finally plowed by a driver.

Started road riding in 1987. Never in my life have I ever gone down for any reason (MTB is another matter). I was 15 miles into a ride this morning on a rural highway out in the country with no traffic. Suddenly I looked up and I was on a stretcher getting loaded into an ambulance. A 93 year old lady plowed me, she said her side mirror hit me. I don't remember it, but if she was coming up behind me I know I would have moved over to the side. My left back shoulder, leg and ankle are messed up but nothing broken so I got very lucky. My brand new $100 bibs are destroyed. I haven't seen my bike yet, it's at the police station. It's an '86 Centurion LeMans, not worth a ton of money so if it's destroyed it's not a big loss.

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Old 05-05-18, 11:32 AM
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Sorry to hear this. Having been 'plowed' myself a few months ago by an intoxicated driver I know how you feel, though I was not knocked out.

I know a camera wouldn't have help you avoid the collision, but you would certainly be able to shed light on what exactly happened, and help the police with investigation.

I hope you recover quickly.
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Old 05-05-18, 11:52 AM
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Good luck with a speedy recovery, and I'm glad to hear that the injuries seem minor.

If you were knocked out, then watch the old noggin, and if discharged, make sure you do a followup evaluation in a week or so... before discussing any settlement.
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Old 05-05-18, 11:56 AM
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You probably know this....you are one insanely lucky cyclist. Forget not just avoiding broken bones.... We've had several people killed with mirror-hits around these parts. Heck the old lady who hit you stopped--more than one of our local mirror-fatalities were hit-and-run.


Get well...at least you're not too broken physically.
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Old 05-05-18, 12:02 PM
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About time you joined the club !

93 year old lady, 16 year old kid. It doesnít matter, cars hurt. I was mirrored by a truck and my helmet was yanked right off my head. I went ene over end. Laying on the street I saw my helmet was stuck to the mirror. The guy never slowed down. I got up, and finished my ride. It looked like somebody tried to strangle me with a rope. Chin was sliced. Still bugs me when I shave. Be glad you survived to ride another day!
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Glad it wasn't much worse, fella. Here's to a speedy recovery.
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Old 05-05-18, 12:35 PM
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Glad to hear you're still alive! Maybe when considering her insurance co's low ball settlement offer, you could leverage the surrender of her driver's license. The State sure won't persue it.
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You lived through every cyclist night mare. Glad it wasn't worse. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
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Old 05-05-18, 12:38 PM
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I must have been unconscious for awhile because the hospital that the ambulance came from is 20 minutes away driving the speed limit.
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I am just glad you were not hurt worse.
It doesn't matter much what part of her car hit you.
If you were where you were allowed to be then she wasn't.
Ninety three may just be a number to some but its still pretty darn old to be driving.
I hope you have a speedy recovery.
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Glad to hear you're still alive! Maybe when considering her insurance co's low ball settlement offer, you could leverage the surrender of her driver's license. The State sure won't persue it.
Driving and the elderly is a touchy subject. Some states have tried mandatory retesting for all, but it has been rejected as discriminatory.

However, an accident like this one should trigger a mandatory retest, and perhaps a medical evaluation for the driver.

The insurance company could drop her insurance, but that doesn't mean she couldn't simply change insurance companies (at a cost).
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Originally Posted by Bendopolo View Post
[left]93 year old lady, 16 year old kid. It doesnít matter, cars hurt.
Perhaps the difference is the 93 year old lady is more likely to be driving 20 MPH, and the 16 year old kid is more likely to be driving 60 MPH on the same road.
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Old 05-05-18, 02:11 PM
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I wish you a fast and speedy recovery.

Why are 93 year old people allowed to drive in this country? Driving is a privilege, not a right.
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Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius View Post
I wish you a fast and speedy recovery.

Why are 93 year old people allowed to drive in this country? Driving is a privilege, not a right.
Nobody has the guts to take their licenses away.

When should the licenses be revoked? 93 is pretty old to be driving... but what about 70? 80?

Not everyone is the same, so it may be fine for one 80 year old to drive, while another is half in the grave, and should have lost the license a decade before.

I hope I'm still cycling at age 93, and nobody tries to take my bicycle away.... although I may have 3 or 4 wheels on the bike by then.
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Perhaps the difference is the 93 year old lady is more likely to be driving 20 MPH, and the 16 year old kid is more likely to be driving 60 MPH on the same road.
Maybe. Iím sure you have seen a young driver with his/her head down texting, sitting on the middle of the street. I have many times. Consequently, I took my 89 year old Dads keys away after a 90 mph jaunt thru Mission Viejo. Sold it the next day.
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Maybe. I’m sure you have seen a young driver with his/her head down texting, sitting on the middle of the street. I have many times. Consequently, I took my 89 year old Dads keys away after a 90 mph jaunt thru Mission Viejo. Sold it the next day.
Can work in the city...but falls apart in rural communities.

Car is the only way to get anywhere, and as for relying on neighbors....lots of those towns, the "youngest" people you meet are Korean War vets or thereabouts. The kids packed up to go to school and find jobs/careers and never came home. And as the town ages out and nursing homes claim them or residents die, the towns become ghost towns. See it every year on Tour de Nebraska, a town of 25 people meet and great us at the Legion club...seldom a local under 70.
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Been hit twice and many close calls. Glad to hear you came out relatively intact.
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Get well soon!
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Nobody has the guts to take their licenses away.

When should the licenses be revoked? 93 is pretty old to be driving... but what about 70? 80?

Not everyone is the same, so it may be fine for one 80 year old to drive, while another is half in the grave, and should have lost the license a decade before.

I hope I'm still cycling at age 93, and nobody tries to take my bicycle away.... although I may have 3 or 4 wheels on the bike by then.
Assault with a deadly bicycle?

My line of thinking is a person can't legally drive before they're 16 or 17 years old as they are deemed "unfit" by the state to do so. So why should a person that is 93 still be deemed "fit" to drive a 2500+ lb. projectile that can wreak havoc on life and property?
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Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius View Post
I wish you a fast and speedy recovery.

Why are 93 year old people allowed to drive in this country? Driving is a privilege, not a right.
Having lousy public transportation in most places probably has something to do with that. My grandmother was probably 85 when she gave up driving. A man about her age ran a stop sign and plowed into a car and killed the driver. She didn't want to show up in the headlines like that and had my uncle put her car up for sale the next day. But she was lucky, she had five children who could take her where she needed to be. A lot of others aren't so fortunate. I hope services like Lyft or Uber will be available wherever we live in retirement. It's a really difficult problem.
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Just depends on the driver, my grandparents did fine in their 90s. Many others are bad off in the early 80s and some even sooner. Of course it should not be all up to the driver to decide though.
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Sorry to hear about an accident.

Thanks be to God that it wasn't worse.

Hope the recovery is swift.


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Sorry to hear about your accident. You were lucky IMO (a friend of mine is annoyed when he hears this, he says "I would've been lucky if I didn't get hit"), those mirrors accidents are VERY dangerous. Here's to a speedy recovery!
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Neighbor I am wishing you a speedy recovery, and I am just gonna say it or state the obvious.....the 93 yr old lady has no business driving. Hopefully NCHP will take her off the road.

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I'm sorry you were hit, glad it wasn't worse.

So why should a person that is 93 still be deemed "fit" to drive a 2500+ lb. projectile that can wreak havoc on life and property?
Many states require driving tests of older drivers. I, too wonder how much you're willing to pay to provide folks public transportation.
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