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Hit by an suv yesterday

Old 09-11-11, 11:51 AM
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Hit by an suv yesterday

That I'm able to sit here and type this post is pretty amazing. Was in a serious crash yesterday, just about done (1/4 mi from home) with my longest ride yet. On a 4 lane with a middle turning lane and dedicated bike lanes on both sides. Coming up on a street, an suv was coming to a stop to turn left... slowed down as I am always very careful to make sure people stop, etc. Once I saw he fully stopped I proceed through and about the time I was in front of the vehicle I hear the engine roar to life, see the grill and then everything is spinning. I was thrown across two lanes into the center turning lane. Next thing I know there are sirens, close off both directions of traffic and I'm in major pain. Ambulance ride to the hospital etc... and long story short, somehow I managed to have no fractures or broken bones, and no internal injuries/bleeding. Serious road rash and very serious bruising, two nicely sprained ankles (Guess those SpeedPlay's held on tight) and a minor concussion.

Needless to say, an incredibly frightening end to what was otherwise such a fantastic ride. I'm still pretty new to the sport, bought my Madone 5.2 Project One in early summer and have been working my way up in miles and endurance. Needless to say I'm beyond thankful that I'm ok, nothing broken and able to walk around, but heartbroken that this has happened.

Of course my Madone is destroyed, frame cracked/broken in several places. Funny thing is that I haven't usually taken my phone and was planning on picking up a cheap trackphone so my iPhone can stay at home but decided to squeeze my iPhone in since I was venturing out much further. Sure glad I did....
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Hope you get back up and on the swing of things soon. Bikes and stuff can be replaced any time. Not the same for oneself!!
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glad to hear your ok. that could have ended up really bad.
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Get well soon man. Glad to hear that you are still alive.
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I saw your bike in the Hot or Not thread. Damn. You should post them here too! Good to know you are alright though. Don't let this discourage you from the sport. It was just a learning experience and now you will think twice before going through an intersection. Never trust drivers.

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Old 09-11-11, 01:09 PM
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Good to hear you are OK. After seeing the bike in the other thread WOW, you are very lucky to be all in one piece.

Make sure you get checked out, so in case something pops up in the future that might be related to this accident, you are covered.
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Old 09-11-11, 01:23 PM
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Wow, happy you're still functional. I've got the same bike, sorry to hear that yours got wasted. But a bike is just a bike. Better to have a working human body. Speedy recovery!
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Old 09-11-11, 01:39 PM
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Thanks for all the well wishes, greatly appreciated. They did pretty extensive xrays and a CAT scan yesterday so ok on that level. I'll be setting an appointment with an Orthopedic Dr tomorrow to get fully checked out, work on a rehab plan etc.

So very true, bike is just a thing and can be replaced. Fortunately the driver stayed there, was responsible, admitted just not seeing me and the office told my wife I definitely had the right of way in the bike lane etc... Will get the full report on Tuesday. Not sure how the insurance works beyond taking care of my medical expenses, hope that it will at the very least cover the base cost of the bike, if not the upgraded components as well. Guess time will tell.
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Glad you're ok. I wish you a quick recovery!

Yesterday, I had a similar situation at an intersection that I entered along with an SUV. The SUV, for some odd reason, made a right mid intersection into the fast lane, not thinking that I was 5 feet away and closing at his right rear. No signal, just brazen recklessness. I yelled out "@ss!" as I made my way cross the rest of the intersection.
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Old 09-11-11, 01:51 PM
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Just wanted to share on the bike settlement...

A friend was hit earlier this summer and his bike was destroyed just as bad as yours. He was able to negotiate full retail replacement on each component of his bike since it was not available as a one piece buy "off the bike shop floor" to be replaced. Given each component - frame, wheels, grouppo etc was priced up at retail by his local bike shop, he was almost able to buy two fully built bikes with his settlement. He just had to spend some extra to get a wheelset on the second bike.

He was given the advice early on to request a direct settlement check from the insurance company so that he could then go work deals and come out ahead. Sure enough, he came out very well... bike wise. It took almost 4 months to recover from a couple small fractures/strained muscles.
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Old 09-11-11, 01:56 PM
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I'd write off the whole bike and pursue a complete replacement. Yes, your bike was used, but the person who hit you was at fault. Don't "stick it to them" but don't go too light either.
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Take them to court! have your attorney put a lock on the their assets (the driver of the vehicle) to motivate a settlement! File claims with the insurance carrier for loss of income and damages to yourself and property! Make it expensive, so other drivers will be more cautious if the news media reports the event! I'm glad your getting better.
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****! Glad you're OK!
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Old 09-11-11, 02:30 PM
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Wow. Glad you're ok. Somehow I'm missing the importance of the iphone though.

Get well soon.
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Old 09-11-11, 02:39 PM
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Ow, glad you are OK. Don't neglect to get medical care for the concussion, those things can have long lasting effects.

I was hit a few years ago, similar "didn't see me" situation. Bike, all attached gear (I was touring), helmet, clothes, etc. was all covered by their insurance company, as well as medical expenses and a small "pain & suffering" payment. I didn't get a lawyer, and I'm happy with that decision, even though I'm told I could have gotten a bigger settlement. The insurance company was fair enough with me.
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I'm happy you are in relatively good shape.

I am really sad about your bike. That's got to hurt.
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Just looked at your bike pics, and I really like the lime green.
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That really sucks man. Glad to hear your ok. But I have to ask the question I think everyone else is dying to know? Did the driver give a story why he did that? Did he run? did he stay? was it just neglect or did the guy hate cyclists so much he wanted to injure or kill one? He is gona pay for it right? Dont sue his pants off. because eye for an eye leads to a world that is blind. Just get your bike. gear and whatnot payed for. any medical or any work you had to miss payed for and tell your lawyer you want some kind of and forgive me because im no legal speaking kind of man. Pending medical transaction. because you never know what kind of stuff might creep up because of this. might have tweeked your back and it might hurt and you need a brace or you elbow might be messed up or whatever. Just recover and get it payed for.

Glad all is well
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you certainly were very lucky!! that's good to hear, you'll live to ride again another day...
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Originally Posted by gioscinelli View Post
Take them to court! have your attorney put a lock on the their assets (the driver of the vehicle) to motivate a settlement! File claims with the insurance carrier for loss of income and damages to yourself and property! Make it expensive, so other drivers will be more cautious if the news media reports the event! I'm glad your getting better.
Wow. I hate to see advice like this. It's bad enough seeing the ambulance chasing lawyers' ads on TV and billboards. Unfortunately, many see an opportunity like this as a meal ticket. Undoubtedly, the driver felt terrible and will be replaying the incident in his/her head for years to come. I seriously doubt a "lesson" needs to be taught here.

That said, you shouldn't have to bear ANY cost of medical care, recovery, or replacement of your bike. If you feel that isn't happening, that is the time to get a lawyer. Unfortunately, our legal system is packed full of frivolous law suits from bottom feeding lawyers and plaintiffs that would delay your getting your settlement if you have to go that way. Glad you're OK though. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by DARKSCOPE001 View Post
That really sucks man. Glad to hear your ok. But I have to ask the question I think everyone else is dying to know? Did the driver give a story why he did that? Did he run? did he stay? was it just neglect or did the guy hate cyclists so much he wanted to injure or kill one? He is gona pay for it right? Dont sue his pants off. because eye for an eye leads to a world that is blind. Just get your bike. gear and whatnot payed for. any medical or any work you had to miss payed for and tell your lawyer you want some kind of and forgive me because im no legal speaking kind of man. Pending medical transaction. because you never know what kind of stuff might creep up because of this. might have tweeked your back and it might hurt and you need a brace or you elbow might be messed up or whatever. Just recover and get it payed for.

Glad all is well
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Didn't you read his post? It wasn't a driver, it was an SUV that had evidently run away from home and attacked him. SUV's get aggressive when they are scared and confused...

OP, that really sucks. Glad to hear you survived and hopefully the dumbass driver that hit you did get ticketed and has the insurance to cover your injuries and loss.
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Old 09-12-11, 10:06 AM
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Thank you all for the well wishes and advise. As far as the details, it definitely was a "didn't see him" situation, the driver stayed, did not run and was very responsible in that respect. The officer told my wife (I was of course in no shape to deal with the details at that point) that it was a definitely a failure to yield, and the driver tried to hide nothing, simply didn't see me. I'm sure he was focused on finding that 'hole' to make the left turn into and attentions were on that. We've all been guilty of being in a hurry now and again. I'm sure his weekend was quite bad too, this probably sounds strange but I feel bad for him as he has to be tormented by it. Not making excuses for the mistake, but I'm also not interested at all in dealing with a Lawyer and bleeding someone over it. If it turns out that the Insurance company is nasty with me on it, starts dragging feet, low balling etc... then I will. I believe what comes around goes around and I can only hope that some right decision in my past may have contributed to my coming out of this situation not more seriously injured that I am; don't want to mess with Karma. :-)

I'll find out tomorrow all the details from the police report, insurance info (though I'm hoping I'll get a call today). I'm going to visit my Dr. tomorrow to get fully checked again just to be sure.

I really like the idea of having my LBS take a look a the bike and writing up a valuation with the upgrades etc. Fortunately I have the original receipt for the bike so the base model 5.2 with Project One treatment is taken care of. Of course, you can't actually get a 5 series anymore with the Project One treatment, they start with the 6 series now.

Anyway, again, really appreciate the well wishes. Hopefully things will work out in a fairly expeditious manner, would be nice to be back on the road before the season is completely over!
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Originally Posted by lcrider View Post
Wow. I hate to see advice like this. It's bad enough seeing the ambulance chasing lawyers' ads on TV and billboards. Unfortunately, many see an opportunity like this as a meal ticket. Undoubtedly, the driver felt terrible and will be replaying the incident in his/her head for years to come. I seriously doubt a "lesson" needs to be taught here.

That said, you shouldn't have to bear ANY cost of medical care, recovery, or replacement of your bike. If you feel that isn't happening, that is the time to get a lawyer. Unfortunately, our legal system is packed full of frivolous law suits from bottom feeding lawyers and plaintiffs that would delay your getting your settlement if you have to go that way. Glad you're OK though. Good luck.
wait wait wait... lets say you get hit on your bike and can't ride for a half year due to injury recovery.. lets say you can't do a half dozen other things that are the true joys in your life... you are CERTAINLY owed more than just the cost of the bike. This is the exact reason that "pain and suffering" exists in a lawsuit. How much is all of that lost time worth to you? Had the car been traveling just a bit faster could of easily ended somebodies life altogether. I am typically not somebody that supports our lawsuit frenzied society, but in this case, he should definitely get a lawyer and get whatever he can.

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Not making excuses for the mistake, but I'm also not interested at all in dealing with a Lawyer and bleeding someone over it. If it turns out that the Insurance company is nasty with me on it, starts dragging feet, low balling etc... then I will. I believe what comes around goes around and I can only hope that some right decision in my past may have contributed to my coming out of this situation not more seriously injured that I am; don't want to mess with Karma. :-)
Assuming you don't have on going injuries that lead to the need for future medical treatment, or an on going incapacity to work, your approach really is best. If you get your expenses covered, and a little something for your pain, you're way ahead of the game to get the matter resolved with minimal hassle, and no attorney fees.

If the insurance carrier isn't reasonable, then you can always go to a lawyer.
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Old 09-14-11, 01:10 PM
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Just a quick update, things are moving in a positive direction; driver fully covered, found out today that he had called the hospital several times checking on me, quick torn up about it. I'm waiting on a replacement cost on the bike from the LBS and once I get that to her she'll have a check cut for that amount and sent right away. Medical will all be taken care of, and I can delay settling on that portion up to 12 mos to feel comfortable with my recovery etc. Finally, there will be a 'pain and suffering' compensation (no numbers discussed) and she did mention that due to the nature of the incident (being physically hit by a vehicle, thrown, etc) that there would be an extra amount involved. So... thus far, looks that things will be taken care of promptly and fairly which is as much as I was hoping for.
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