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Maroon Cars

Old 07-31-09, 03:41 PM
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Maroon Cars

What are the odds of actually seeing a cyclist get hit by a car?
What are the odds of seeing this twice in one day?
And what are the odds of the car being maroon in both situations?

Yesterday, I saw it all.

The real question I have for you is this: what do you do when the downed rider just wants to go home despite having scrapes on legs and arms and a bike that's rendered unridable?

Here's the whole story, but the upshot is that the kid (age 12) just wanted to go home and didn't want to wait for the police.
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Old 07-31-09, 03:48 PM
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Interesting. From the sound of that first accident it sounds like the girl was riding in the wrong direction and going against traffic instead of with it. I've had that happened to me (on both sides of the coin) because when you're in a car and making a right, there should be nothing coming at you from the right hand direction according to the laws and thus you develope a habit of not looking right all the time.

I wonder who's fault that would have been if a person turning right hits a cyclist going the wrong direction. My thought would be the person on the bike?
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Old 07-31-09, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by EventServices View Post
And what are the odds of the car being maroon in both situations?
In Norman, OK, very likey. Every other car on the road is maroon...sorry Crimson.

Damn Sooners.
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Old 07-31-09, 08:44 PM
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The kid was scared. I would explain in a calm, matter-of-fact tone that you're supposed to wait and make a report and give information so they can record what happened. If he still wants to leave, I would have the driver give the kid his/her information (license number, car description, name, and phone #) and hope the kid gives it to his parents and lets them decide.
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Well, you yell at them, duh.
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My wife and I witnessed a guy on a road bike get hit. He was minding his own business and we watched a car slowely drift towards him and knock him in a ditch. The car never hit its brakes and just kept on going. I truly believe they person in the car never knew what they did. The guy on the bike was ok but POed as you can imagine. This is why I use a mirror. I watch every car behind me until I am convinced they see me.
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In College Station, Texas, it is almost impossible not to get hit by a maroon car.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
The kid was scared. I would explain in a calm, matter-of-fact tone that you're supposed to wait and make a report and give information so they can record what happened. If he still wants to leave, I would have the driver give the kid his/her information (license number, car description, name, and phone #) and hope the kid gives it to his parents and lets them decide.
That's exactly what we did. I spent several minutes trying to explain to him the need for a police report. He was just in a state of shock and wanted to go home. I finally reached the mother today and explained what had happened. She said that the driver still hasn't made contact.
My LBS is going to fix the bike for free (that is, unless the driver steps up).


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Well, you yell at them, duh.
Nice. Go for the easy joke.
This took place on a Thursday. Not a Tuesday.
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I would have either escorted (or followed) the kid home or phoned the parents (if the kid could/would give you the number). I would not have allowed a kid to go home alone.

Glad that you have spoken to the mother and I hope that things get sorted out.
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I would not have allowed a kid to go home alone.
Not much you could do to accomplish that. Any physical contact could get you in trouble. Harassment, detaining, false imprisonment, I dunno. I'm a middle school teacher, and I have loads of fun (sarcasm) trying to coerce children into doing what I say without touching them or going too far with words.
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