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Old 10-20-12, 07:24 PM
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Storm drain crash

Was on an early morning ride this morning crushing at around 20mph when my front tire fell through a storm drain that was apparently damaged the night before. I of course did a flip over the handle bars but thank god somehow landed in the grass. My bike is pretty hammered, carbon fork shattered and bars bent. There was no warning of the road hazard, it happened just after sunrise so I was probly the first person to stumble upon it

Just to clarify I'm talking about those sewer drains on the sides on the road with the metal grates. There is no way my bike caused this thing to collapse, it's in the road where cars drive it's supposed to be able to withstand 2 tons. I called the police department and reported the accident and road hazard, do I have any recourse here to get any compensation? Or should I just move on and consider myself lucky i wasn't killed.
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Old 10-20-12, 07:28 PM
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You're lucky you werentt killed.

Here in the Chicago area ive read more than a few occassions where motorists were compensated for vehicle damage sustained from imperfect road conditions that were not clearly marked off for safety (e.g. damaged rims from super size pot holes). Why not try? Does your homeowner insurance cover this as well?
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Old 10-20-12, 07:40 PM
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The storm drain was about 4 feet by 2 feet so my entire from wheel fell in. It's fall in New England and it was totally obscured by a pile of leaves. If I landed 1 foot to the left i might of dies on that pavement. There was one witness to the accident and I got his info. I'm not looking to make a fortune off this, I just want my bike repaired. Physically all I have is a head ache and a few scrapes so I think I'm ok. Head hit the grass but I wasn't wearing a helmet.
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Get yourself checked out by a doctor. Landing on your head sans helmet is not good, even if it's on the grass.
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pics of bike/fork?
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Sorry to hear about your crash and it sucks that your bike is broken but be thankful you actually weren't hurt. I crashed recently by going over the bars like you and broke my wrist and dislocated my collar bone. Not fun. Wear a helmet.
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Originally Posted by Aeolis View Post
... Head hit the grass but I wasn't wearing a helmet.
Consider this your wake up call - never ride without a helmet.

Whoever is looking after you upstairs, saved you.

Not to belabor this point, but please realize that you are now living on borrowed time.

ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET!

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Originally Posted by Aeolis View Post
... I wasn't wearing a helmet.
Worth repeating... You're lucky you weren't killed.
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Glad to hear that you made it out realively unscathed. That said, its probably not a good idea to ride through piles of leaves anymore.
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Old 10-20-12, 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Aeolis View Post
Was on an early morning ride this morning crushing at around 20mph when my front tire fell through a storm drain that was apparently damaged the night before. I of course did a flip over the handle bars but thank god somehow landed in the grass. My bike is pretty hammered, carbon fork shattered and bars bent. There was no warning of the road hazard, it happened just after sunrise so I was probly the first person to stumble upon it

Just to clarify I'm talking about those sewer drains on the sides on the road with the metal grates. There is no way my bike caused this thing to collapse, it's in the road where cars drive it's supposed to be able to withstand 2 tons. I called the police department and reported the accident and road hazard, do I have any recourse here to get any compensation? Or should I just move on and consider myself lucky i wasn't killed.

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I hope you took pictures of the grate and of your bike.
Contact the municipal engineering department.
Most cities have a person dedicated to those kinds of claims.

A friend of mine got his suspension repaired after going through some major street damage.
The city covered the cost.
The funny part was he was on the way BACK from a shop after having good the alignment and shocks repaired, so he was understandably upset.

I think there is a good chance they will replace your parts for you.

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Old 10-20-12, 09:14 PM
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Definitely contact the city. You should have a ligitiment claim and they should pay for the repair of your bike.
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Old 10-20-12, 09:40 PM
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My phone also broke as it flew out of my jersey pocket onto the pavement so I couldn't take pictures at the scene but the police report should do for evidence and well my broken bike. Ill post up some pics of the bike when I get ahold of my brothers camera phone for you guys to see the carnage. Luckily it's an older bike I bought used for a good deal but I still loved that bike. Ill be picking up a helmet before my next ride. I was just on my way to work (2 mile commute) I never thought anything like this could happen on my quiet little subarban road going to work. From now on its helmet no matter the distance.

On Monday ill call the town and see what they can do for me. Thanks for the advice and letting me vent.
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That sucks,glad your OK.Those drain covers are really heavy,any idea how it got moved.When I see something like that "a major obvious hazard"I call 911 and demand that it is fixed IMMEDIATELY,so **** like that want happen to someone
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Old 10-20-12, 11:00 PM
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We had a case locally where a maintenance crew had reinstalled the storm grate incorrectly which left a gap on one edge. A cyclist had his wheel drop into the gap and ended up paralyzed. The settlement amount wasn't made public but was rumored to be in the multi-million range. All the storm sewer openings on that road were completely redesigned to eliminate the possibility of a recurrence. It's good you hit the softer grass on the side of the road instead of the pavement.

I agree with the comments above to file a claim with the city or whatever agency is responsible for that road

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Old 10-20-12, 11:27 PM
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20 mph within 2 ft of the curb on leaves?
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Glad to see that everybody thinks the city should be paying out for this Hey, I'm sorry it happened, but why should the city be paying? It's one thing if they were aware of it, but if it just happened last night, the city wouldn't have known to do something.
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Old 10-21-12, 01:05 AM
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Hey, I'm sorry it happened, but why should the city be paying?
Because it shouldn't have happened in the first place.

Bad weather shouldn't cause a storm drain to collapse. They'd be lucky to only have to pay the OP a few grand for a bike. Could've been a much more expensive lesson, e.g. fatal motor vehicle collision.

We pay taxes to keep public infrastructure maintained. This storm drain wasn't maintained.
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Don't ride over storm drains? I barely trust going over them with an MTB. Wouldn't dare with a road bike unless necessary.

So who's going to argue with him that a helmet wouldn't have saved his blah blah blah...? lol
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Shouldn't be riding over storm drains with a bike anyway. I'd say you caused some of the accident right there and you want your fellow citizen to bail you out? Suppose you were hurt would you want your fellow citizen to bail you out then when you didn't have the decency to protect yourself with a helmet? I'd say your actions caused your own problems. Don't ask us to bail you out.
Plus you admitted it was early morning. There was no traffic to force you to ride over the grate you shouldn't ride over in the first place.

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Old 10-21-12, 06:45 AM
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I don't know how it is in every state, but my understanding is that in many places the city has to be on notice that the hazard exists for them to have any liability.
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The oddest thing about this thread is that it happened at sunrise yet didn't get posted here until evening, and then not until the OP had made a post on the Green Cyclery thread.

btw, a police report will definitely not do for evidence. If the storm drain was damaged or out of place a picture will be necessary. Otherwise, with skinny tired bike like a road bike, the assumption will be that you road over leaves & your tire got locked in the unseen but properly placed and undamaged gap in the drain. Get a camera, take pictures.

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Old 10-21-12, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Pain View Post
20 mph within 2 ft of the curb on leaves?
Bet he don't do that again....
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Originally Posted by DaveWC View Post
The oddest thing about this thread is that it happened at sunrise yet didn't get posted here until evening, and then not until the OP had made a post on the Green Cyclery thread.

btw, a police report will definitely not do for evidence. If the storm drain was damaged or out of place a picture will be necessary. Otherwise, with skinny tired bike like a road bike, the assumption will be that you road over leaves & your tire got locked in the unseen but properly placed and undamaged gap in the drain. Get a camera, take pictures.
Yeah.

I mean, if I piled my bike up at 20 mph, and damn near killed myself, the FIRST thing I'd do is run right here th BF and post about it.

Come on. We ain't all like PCad.
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Originally Posted by jds108 View Post
Glad to see that everybody thinks the city should be paying out for this Hey, I'm sorry it happened, but why should the city be paying? It's one thing if they were aware of it, but if it just happened last night, the city wouldn't have known to do something.
Agree 100%! Why do people in today's day and age always feel the need to place blame on others, and be compensated???
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Old 10-21-12, 05:53 PM
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Agree 100%! Why do people in today's day and age always feel the need to place blame on others, and be compensated???
Well, you can certainly argue they should have done the repair right in the first place and not created a hazard.
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