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2008-08-12 9:02 AM

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Subject: My turn to get hit by a car
Saturday, 9:30 AM, great workout, sun is shining, I'll be done by 10AM and am going to have a great day. Even looking forward to tomorrow's long ride. And then its all over. A car hit me from behind, and thankfully stopped before it went over me. There are many things here I do not understand. Lets make a list:

1. Lake Shore Rd is very very wide, four lanes with a grass median and the outer most lanes wide enough for a car and two bikes to be side by side. How could you hit me?
2. There are bikes on Lake Shore regularly, saturday morning in particular. THe driver would have to have passed by dozens of bikes while on that road. Again, how did you hit me?
3. Not only did you hit me, the mark on your car indicates that you hit me about 6 inches from the center of your bumper. How far to the right were you driving? And if I was in the center of your car how can claim to not see me?
4. Once you've run over the bike and stop the car and see the bloodied rider on the ground with her legs very very near to your tires, how do you ask her 'what happened?' rather than 'are you okay?"'
5. When the police officer asks you to back up off of the bike, how do you then run into the police car?
6. Given that you have now hit a biker and run into a police car, how do you only get at ticket for unsafe driving? Why do you get to keep your license?
7. How did I manage to escape this accident with bruises and road rash, while very very painful but no broken bones? Aches and pains are bad, compound fractures are worse and how being caught under a bumper didn't make that happen is beyond me.

I did the right things, wearing bright colors, having a blinking light, staying to the right. After the accident I also did the right things; assessing my body before moving, waiting for the police and the ambulance before doing anything else; not throttling the driver. And who pays for doing the right things? Me. I've already spent a day and half on the phone with insurance companies, bike shops, and a lawyer. I've dragged my sore self to a bike shop and to work as I don't get paid sick time in the summer. I'm the one whose property is destroyed, I'm the one who can't train normally, I can't even shower normally!



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2008-08-12 9:06 AM
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I'm so sorry!!  That is so wrong.  Best wishes for a speedy recovery & bike replacement!!  
2008-08-12 9:07 AM
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That seriously sucks. I'm glad you are okay, though. I hope your recovery is quick.

Shame on that stupid driver. 

2008-08-12 9:08 AM
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OUCH!  Sorry to hear that you were injured but glad it was not worse.

 

2008-08-12 9:20 AM
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I was last week's victim. I share your frustration and pain. What I didn't do was get immediate medical attention. I felt I didn't need it and still feel that I don't. Unfortunately, if you ever want financial restitution for this, my experience has been that you need to cry medical suffering to get anyone's sharp attention. Next time, I ride the meat wagon no matter what.

Beyond your bike, account for damage to clothing, gloves, shoes, helmet, etc. Those all need to be replaced, especially the helmet.

Best wishes for recovery. The bruising will get ugly, the road rash itchy. It's going to be unpleasant for a while. Take the meds if possible around work schedules. Muddle through work as best you can w/o narcotics.
2008-08-12 9:21 AM
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Ugh.  These posts are always so hard to read.  I'm glad you're OK.

Alas, the driving laws in most parts of this country are so crappy that the ticket was probably the best that the cop could do, unless there was clear evidence of intent to hit you, drunkenness, or the like.  Those things can get your license taken away, and worse, but it doesn't sound like any of those were in play.  Unfortunately, evidence of utter incompetence and idiotic driving -- which do seem to have been in play from your description -- doesn't result in more than a moving violation.

By the way, congratulations on not throttling the driver, which is the natural reaction.  I admire you for that.  Just keep in mind that the virtue of not throttling the driver does not extend to not being very insistent with the police officer that the report indicate exactly how stupid the driver was, and it certainly doesn't extend to not being very insistent with the insurance companies.  Good luck with that.  I hope you heal up fast.



2008-08-12 9:23 AM
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Wow.  This sucks.  I feel your pain.  Thank God you were not killed or seriously/permanantly injurred.  When I went to the ortho doc following my wreck they told me about a triathlete who was recently training on his bike and got hit by a car and is now paralized from the waist down.  Again, thank God you are ok!

~Mike

2008-08-12 9:24 AM
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It really angers me that drivers can run over cyclists and they get a slap on the hand... at the most. Shoot, when they kill someone if they say, "the sun was in my eyes, it was an accident", they might pay a small fine for killing that person. Rarely does someone go to jail or even to court for it.

Sorry to hear this happened to you. At least the idiot driver realized she ran you over before she completely smeared you into the ground.

I hope you get your bike replaced and that you heal quickly.
2008-08-12 9:27 AM
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I'm so sorry this happened to you. I was hit by a car 2 years ago and understand your frustration. The insurance companies and doctors office workers treated me like I had done something wrong and made every step difficult. In my case, the driver never bothered to get out of the car to ask me if I was ok, even though she had blatantly run a stop sign. And to top it off, I picked up the police report the next day only to discover she didn't even get a ticket!I'm glad you weren't severely injured and wish you the best in getting through the physical pain and emotional frustration that comes along with this. Feel better!
2008-08-12 9:28 AM
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Sorry to hear you got hit.  I'm glad it wasn't worse. 
2008-08-12 9:35 AM
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So sorry to hear that, it is only going to get worse with more bikes on the road. At least nothing is broken and you still have all your digits. I would seriously contemplate getting a lawyer and at least sue for damages. I am not one of the sue happy people in the world, I am in Commercial realestate and have people sue me all the time for tripping on their shoe laces and twisting their ankles, then claiming it was my fault they are clumbsy, lazy and incompetent because they were walking in front of one of my buildings. An incompetent driver should at least have to pay for damages done to you and your bike. I would definately seek legal recourse.

Best of luck with your rehab, i hope you heel completely and quickly.

Rudy



2008-08-12 9:36 AM
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Ugh...the pic of your bike is awful. I'm sure pics of your skin would be worse. Getting hit by a car is one of my big fears. I can only imagine your frustration. Take it easy and I'm sure you'll be in fine shape for IMFL.
2008-08-12 9:37 AM
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Man, hope you do ok recovering...your bike is TRASHED! Good thing it was the bike and not you!

Look on the bright side, at least the water bottle can be used again!



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2008-08-12 9:38 AM
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I'm sorry to hear about your crash. That's why I don't ride my bike where there's cars anymore. I don't ever want to experience that. Luckily we have a trail here in California where we can ride for 20 miles without seeing a car.
2008-08-12 9:55 AM
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So....how didn't they see you?

Sorry to hear another story like this.  Hope evrything gets replaced and you heal up quickly.

2008-08-12 10:00 AM
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Firstly, glad to hear you are OK for the most part.

I'm not one who likes legal action but it appears she's a moron and needs to be taught a lesson.

Sue the crap out of her   Seriously.  At the very least get the cost of the bike back.



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2008-08-12 10:35 AM
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So sorry to hear about the crash! The same thing happened to me a few years ago, and I spoke to my uncle, who is a *very reputable* personal injury attorney in Kalamazoo (Halpert, Westin & Wuori - he's Wuori). I'm happy to speak to him for you if you'd like,. He informed me that there's one really unfortunate thing about insurance in MI - it's 100% no fault, so you're pretty much screwed into covering your own costs if anything happens to you. I may not have this 100% correct (I'm not a lawyer), but I think it's pretty close to the gist of the situation.

PM me if you would like me to speak with him, or if you would like to speak with him yourself.

Most important thing though is that you're not injured!

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2008-08-12 10:59 AM
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Glad you're okay - And sorry your bike didn't make it!
2008-08-12 11:03 AM
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Kim, I'm so sorry that happened. You were lucky that you had no broken bones or worse. I wish I could say the same for your bike. I hope you can get things taken care of pretty quickly. That is why I am afraid to ride my bike any distance.

Most people are idiots.

Take care!
2008-08-12 11:53 AM
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Wow, glad you're OK. Could have been much worse.
Getting hit is one of my biggest fears. I was hit broadside years ago by a guy running a stop sign. Fortunately only scrapes and bruises, but I still HATE riding on the roads by myself and for that reason stick to the bike trail unless I'm with a group.
2008-08-12 11:54 AM
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pitt83 - 2008-08-12 9:20 AM I was last week's victim. I share your frustration and pain. What I didn't do was get immediate medical attention. I felt I didn't need it and still feel that I don't. Unfortunately, if you ever want financial restitution for this, my experience has been that you need to cry medical suffering to get anyone's sharp attention. Next time, I ride the meat wagon no matter what. Beyond your bike, account for damage to clothing, gloves, shoes, helmet, etc. Those all need to be replaced, especially the helmet. Best wishes for recovery. The bruising will get ugly, the road rash itchy. It's going to be unpleasant for a while. Take the meds if possible around work schedules. Muddle through work as best you can w/o narcotics.

Sorry to hear about this. I'm VERY happy it didn't turn out worse.

I agree with pitt regarding getting the medical attention, and then providing the medical expenses to the a-hole.  Time for recourse!  The driver NEEDS to pay!



2008-08-12 12:04 PM
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so sorry this happened but glad it is the bike and not you that is trashed.

I would get vocal.

Write a letter to the editor(s) of all the local papers. She should definitely get more than and unsafe driving ticket.  I agree  - how the heck could she not see you???? 

2008-08-12 12:20 PM
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I bet she had one of those stupid danglely things on her rear view mirror. Doesn't explain why she was so far right and certainly doesn't excuse her. Did they give her a field sobriety test?

2008-08-12 12:24 PM
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OH NO!!  HOLY CRAP!!  Where were you riding?? Hope you're feeling better. And your poor new bike....

 

So sorry, girl. 

2008-08-12 12:46 PM
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So sorry to hear about your crash, unfortunately 90% of drivers these days are either on the phone, eating, reading, or doing something else which completely takes their attention away from the road.  I'm sure you will be back out there in no time =)
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