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Old 09-03-14, 09:55 AM
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I was hit by a car on Labor Day

Here's the story.
I was heading home after my usual ride on the Withlacoochee Trail. Headed home (westbound) on the County Trail that runs along CR486 between Hernando and Crystal River. I was crossing Essex Rd with a green light and "Walk" signal and some bozo (seems he is also a cyclist) decided to make a right on red without looking to see what was in front of him or looking to the right. Looked left only for any oncoming traffic. He hit me at probably 5-10 mph (he slowed to make the turn). The car hit me on the left side. I was in the middle of the intersection when he hit me. Had he been watching he would have seen me in plenty of time to stop and then made the turn after I was across the intersection. What's "funny" is he said the same thing happened to him last week in Crystal River, only he didn't get hurt. Down I went on my right side. The rim on the front wheel broke, the right shifter was pushed sideways toward the stem, the fork is bent, and my body is in PAIN. My helmet saved my head but not my face. Minor scrape on my right hand and right leg and bad scrape on my left inner thigh (from the saddle?) but my face is a MESS!! Since I'm taking Plavix because of the stent that was put in my LAD last April I started bleeding like a stuck pig. The guy called the police and I called my wife. I was only 2+ miles from home. Not sure how or why my phone still works. I glass is all cracked. It flew off the Topeak mount on my handlebar but the ROX 5.0 computer stayed on the handlebar. German engineering??
Not sure what else is broken or bent or damaged. My wife took the bike to the bike shop yesterday and they'll call with an estimate for the other guys insurance.
The driver said he had a green light and I said I had a green light and the "walk" signal was on so it was his word against mine so he didn't get a ticket. Rotten lying piece of $h!t.
After the police finished my wife took me to the ER. They did a CT of my head and neck and only found a small fracture in my lower right facial bone (sinus cavity). They cleaned up my face and gave me some pain meds and sent me home after 4 hours. I couldn't lie in the bed to sleep that night so "slept" in the recliner. I finally fell asleep about 5AM and the sun woke me up at 7:30AM.
Went to the Maxilio-facial doc yesterday to see it the fracture would need surgery. He said no but I cant blow my nose for a couple of weeks (pressure on the sinus area) and if I sneeze to make sure my mouth is wide open.
The facial doc is a cyclist (posters all over the office) and so is his practice partner. It was the partner saw me yesterday. He said he too had an accident on Labor Day about an hour before mine. His was about a block from where I had mine. He hit some gravel and went down. Both of his elbows were bandaged.
Anyway, the ER doc and the facial doc said no riding for about 3-4 weeks. I hope I'lll be able to do the Withlacoochee Rails to Trails ride. After not riding for 3-4 weeks I may have to limit my mileage to riding from Inverness to Nobleton or Istachatta and back.
I'm living on soup, yogurt, rice pudding, scrambled eggs and juice. I tried a piece of soft bread last night, torn into small pieces.

Here are a few lovely shots of me. The first is in the ER after they cleaned me up a little. The second is from this morning. Not much better.

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Old 09-03-14, 10:04 AM
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Wow.. just ****ing wow. I am just going to hope for a speedy recovery for you! I didn't see if you mentioned the frame but I hope it's alright too...
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Old 09-03-14, 10:16 AM
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I'm currently recovering from a fractured arm and can attest to the frustration of just sitting around waiting for things to heal up.

I am a real advocate for doing away with RTAS laws. Most motorists don't bother to stop and they're never looking the right way. I haven't seen accident statistics involving RTAS; however I would bet that they are high on the list.

Wishing you well during your recovery.
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Old 09-03-14, 12:42 PM
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Old 09-03-14, 01:00 PM
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Yikes. You're a brave man to post pix like that!

If I got the facts right, I gotta say that collisions like yours are one of the reasons I take extra care where bike paths intersect with roadways or when riding on sidewalks and the like. It's a rare motorist that looks both ways before making a right turn. Heck, around here, I'm amazed when they come to a full stop.

Heal up well!
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Wow Ron, that sucks! Glad you weren't hurt worse than what you are. Getting struck by a car is even worse when it's another cyclist that is driving the car that hits you. Happened to me two years ago in the parking lot of the MUP I always ride at. He had his tri bike on the rack, leaving the parking lot toward the exit while going the wrong way. I wasn't as badly injured as you and my bike came out OK but I did suffer a dislocated shoulder from falling off the bike. Sure hope you heal fast and that his insurance repairs or replaces your bike.
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Old 09-03-14, 01:57 PM
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Sorry, Ron. Heal fast.
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Old 09-03-14, 04:01 PM
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My goodness that has really got to be painful. Heal fast!
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Originally Posted by Matariki View Post
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I am a real advocate for doing away with RTAS laws. Most motorists don't bother to stop and they're never looking the right way. I haven't seen accident statistics involving RTAS; however I would bet that they are high on the list.

Wishing you well during your recovery.
When I suffered Floridistan, there was talk of making right turns, rolling. As in no stop. Makes perfect sense for the state with the highest hit rate on cyclists

I hope for a speedy recovery for the OP
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Ouch! Feel better and heal well.
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Old 09-03-14, 05:18 PM
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Ow. I hope you heal quickly and don't go stir crazy.
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Old 09-03-14, 06:47 PM
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Wow, that even looks like it hurts! Yeah, paths attract a lot of people because they don't have to worry about cars rear-ending them in the middle of a block; but they make intersections MUCH more dangerous because drivers just don't effin' look.
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Old 09-03-14, 10:04 PM
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Ron - so sorry that happened. Glad you are OK - except for the face plant. Was it your new bike? Hope your recovery goes well and if you want a slow ride when you're ready to get back into it, give me a shout.
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The damn right hook...happens so often. Thank god it wasn't more serious. A cyclist was killed by a drunk driver on labor day only 2 miles from my house. Gotta be as safe as possible. Don't let it get you bitter, and don't let it impact your love for the bike.
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Glad that you are home, even though I'm sure you are not telling us just how much that pain level really is. For a supposed cyclist the driver sounds like a real poor excuse for a man, stay on top of him for the insurance on you and your bicycle, Ron. Hope everything heals up well.

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I was at the Tour of Sebring cycling event over the Labor Day weekend, and on Saturday morning, before the first ride of the weekend a cyclist was hit the same way, by an idiot turning into a parking lot. Cyclist was headed to the front of the Kenilworth Lodge to start the ride and tossed over the front of the car while his bike was damaged by the car. No ticket was issued by the police, as after the bike bounced off the ground, the front light was no longer working and it was before dawn. Good news is, the cyclist was back to ride the second day. A little beat up, and sore, but riding...

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Old 09-04-14, 07:04 AM
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Was it your new bike?
Yes it was the Cannondale. I'm hoping the bike shop will call today with the estimate.
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So sorry to read about your accident--hope you get better quickly.

If you want some restitution get a lawyer who specializes with bikes/cars accidents--they are plenty of them around.

Don't trust the police and their "accident report" (you have by law to fill one out) as they are biased against cyclists.

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When the docs said no riding for 3-4 weeks they really meant 3 weeks if you can bear to wait that long. Guessing you'll be feeling much better sooner than you think.
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Like you hair Ron..

When I came home from the hospital from brain surgery.

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When the docs said no riding for 3-4 weeks they really meant 3 weeks if you can bear to wait that long. Guessing you'll be feeling much better sooner than you think.
My wife won't let me on the bike for 3 weeks. She worked in medicine for 34 years. The closest I'll be allowed is the clean and lube the bikes, etc. in the garage.
Today is the first day I halfway feel like riding. If I could go it would probably be 5-10 miles max.
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Like you hair Ron..

When I came home from the hospital from brain surgery.
You look a lot better than I do. I still have scabs and scrape marks on my nose, upper lip and chin but feeling MUCH better today.
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My wife won't let me on the bike for 3 weeks. She worked in medicine for 34 years. The closest I'll be allowed is the clean and lube the bikes, etc. in the garage.
Today is the first day I halfway feel like riding. If I could go it would probably be 5-10 miles max.
She knows what she's talking about no doubt.

Bound up with the strap it takes longer than someone with the plate. But better for you in the long run.
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Went to the bike shop today and picked up the bike. Danny said it's toast. Front wheel snapped in two, damaged carbon fork, banged up right shifter and a few scrapes and scratches. I couldn't see a lot of "major" damage but he said he wouldn't warranty the bike unless its stripped and the frame is sent to the factory to be x-rayed and given the ok. I'll be calling the other guys insurance company on Monday and wait for their decision.
In the meantime I'll looking at the 2015 CAAD 10s. Maybe a CAAD 10 3 or leftover 2014 Synapse.
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