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Got hit from behind today. First time since I've been riding for 5 years. Driver of the car never checked up, never hit the brakes. Nothing I could really do but watch from the ditch I was laying in, as they drove over the rise in the road.

Dialed 911 because I really didn't know how serious I was. Sheriff arrived and advised me to take the ambulance to hospital. He said in case they are able to track down who did it, a trip to the hospital would kind of add to the seriousness of the accident. I was reluctant, as I didn't want to deal with the huge bill I know I have coming my way...but oh well.

Turns out no broken bones, only some rash down my right side from being knocked into the gravel ditch. It must have been just a graze from the car, since it through me to the side.

Kit is toast, back wheel is pretzled, not sure about the rest of the bike. Haven't had the chance to look it over. I'm guessing the back wheel caught the right side of the front bumper, and maybe I caught the side of the car or maybe the rear view mirror. It all happened so fast. Definitely has me rattled mentally.
 

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you have my sympathies....that's exactly how my last incident occurred...hit from behind in a dedicated bike lane, driver left the scene. sustained a separated shoulder, broken thumb, concussion, road rash...

driver was never identified, filed a claim with my auto ins under the uninsured motorist clause.

8 months later, still dealing with orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and a chiropractor.

took a long time to feel comfortable on the bike after I resumed riding...felt like every person on the road was trying to kill me. altho most of the anxiety has passed...still doesn't mean that there's not a segment of the driving public that will take a rider out and not give a crap about the consequences...
 

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Wow,, Glad your not seriously injured!!!! It would scare the **** out of most of us!!!

Best Wishes for a full recovery!!! N2deep!!
 

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I'm glad you are ok. I can't believe someone would hit a cyclist and just drive away. People suck. I hope karma f's that guy up.

When I hear about incidents like this, I think about getting one of those Fly6 cameras. Would be nice to be able to identify the car/driver and pursue recourse.

Be safe out there!
 

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Glad you guys are ok.
There have been many questionable passes by cars overtaking our group as we leave and re-enter city limits, seems to be worse this year but maybe drivers are re-adjusting to seeing bikes again as the weather warms.
Of course the cynic in me says, "Or maybe because many drivers don't give a crap."
 

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This stuff enrages me. I completely don't understand how someone could just drive away from something like this.

To quote Chris Boardman.

"THAT'S A HUMAN BEING!"

Jeebus.

Glad you are relatively ok.

I was hit broadside while riding on a MUT by someone who looked right at me, but apparently didn't see me. Fortunately she hung around.

The physical injuries have healed about as much as they are going to, but I have a far lower confidence level riding among cars now. I don't really consciously thing about it, but I find myself riding in places where cars can't go. Gravel trails and fire/forest roads, MUT's, etc. Sometimes when I'm riding along the shoulder of a road and I hear a car coming, it brings on a little bit of panic, and I find myself pulling over to get gather myself.
 

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heal quickly....both physically and mentally.
 

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That ****s. My sympathy.
Could happen to any of us any time, on road. I pay more county & state taxes than most of the idiots screaming epithets out the window at me, to estimate from their *****ed out 1986 Pickup.
I bought one of these cameras to give my heirs some legal recourse against rear enders: Portable HD 4k 30fps Waterproof Action Sports Cam with WiFi | 82-22070 (8222070) | Distributed By MCM
but haven't figured out how to mount it to the helmet. there is a clip, but no mate. Permanent mount is nogo, I run a lot of errands and things get stolen off my bike. Not the helmet yet, but a bright green reflective stripe T-shirt last month. Leaving the camera on the bike handle on the helmet would be stupid.
Best of luck in the future.
 

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Best of fortune to you.
 

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That ****s. My sympathy.
Could happen to any of us any time, on road. I pay more county & state taxes than most of the idiots screaming epithets out the window at me, to estimate from their *****ed out 1986 Pickup.
I bought one of these cameras to give my heirs some legal recourse against rear enders: Portable HD 4k 30fps Waterproof Action Sports Cam with WiFi | 82-22070 (8222070) | Distributed By MCM
but haven't figured out how to mount it to the helmet. there is a clip, but no mate. Permanent mount is nogo, I run a lot of errands and things get stolen off my bike. Not the helmet yet, but a bright green reflective stripe T-shirt last month. Leaving the camera on the bike handle on the helmet would be stupid.
Best of luck in the future.
I recently revived my old FLy6 rear light/camera. (needed a new battery soldered into it) It automatically protects the rear facing video recording if it senses a crash. But yeah, would need to remove it if using the bike for errands I guess. It mounts with elastics, so about 5 second removal/install. Less fuss than an action camera, however it is still one more annoyng thing to attend to for riding, with all the charging and remembering to turn it on and off.

 

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Got hit from behind today. First time since I've been riding for 5 years. Driver of the car never checked up, never hit the brakes. Nothing I could really do but watch from the ditch I was laying in, as they drove over the rise in the road.

Dialed 911 because I really didn't know how serious I was. Sheriff arrived and advised me to take the ambulance to hospital. He said in case they are able to track down who did it, a trip to the hospital would kind of add to the seriousness of the accident. I was reluctant, as I didn't want to deal with the huge bill I know I have coming my way...but oh well.

Turns out no broken bones, only some rash down my right side from being knocked into the gravel ditch. It must have been just a graze from the car, since it through me to the side.

Kit is toast, back wheel is pretzled, not sure about the rest of the bike. Haven't had the chance to look it over. I'm guessing the back wheel caught the right side of the front bumper, and maybe I caught the side of the car or maybe the rear view mirror. It all happened so fast. Definitely has me rattled mentally.
Glad you aren't hurt any worse. Heal up quick. I hope they catch the guy and you can compensated for your bike and medical bills.
 

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Got hit from behind today. First time since I've been riding for 5 years. Driver of the car never checked up, never hit the brakes. ..
Sounds like you got "taken down". We really should start using the correct term for events like these; "vehicular assault".
 

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Curious-how much used did you get out of it before having to replace the battery?

I recently revived my old FLy6 rear light/camera. (needed a new battery soldered into it) It automatically protects the rear facing video recording if it senses a crash. But yeah, would need to remove it if using the bike for errands I guess. It mounts with elastics, so about 5 second removal/install. Less fuss than an action camera, however it is still one more annoyng thing to attend to for riding, with all the charging and remembering to turn it on and off.

 

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Glad you aren't hurt any worse. Heal up quick. I hope they catch the guy and you can compensated for your bike and medical bills.
it's highly unlikely the driver will be found. I had two witnesses to my accident and the police came up empty based on just a description of the car.

the uninsured motorist clause on my auto in policy covered me for up to $52K in medical costs. hit the limit fairly easily too, the overnite stay at the ER was $21K. you can also receive money for P / S as well under this provision if your medical costs don't exceed the limit.

there was no provision for property damages tho.
 

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it's highly unlikely the driver will be found. I had two witnesses to my accident and the police came up empty based on just a description of the car.

the uninsured motorist clause on my auto in policy covered me for up to $52K in medical costs. hit the limit fairly easily too, the overnite stay at the ER was $21K. you can also receive money for P / S as well under this provision if your medical costs don't exceed the limit.

there was no provision for property damages tho.
That is good to hear. Thanks everyone for the well wishes.
 

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Curious-how much used did you get out of it before having to replace the battery?
My original Fly6 lasted about a year or so before I had the battery issues.

I sent it back down under and they sent me a replacement.

They switched the brand of battery they were originally using.

That was about two years ago.

Unit gets used about 12 hours a week.

Zero issues and hoping for another couple years of perfect use.
 

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Was able to look over the bike today. Wheel taco'd, and the carbon dropout crumbled to pieces when I removed the wheel. I'm not sure if a carbon dropout can be fixed or not, I doubt it. Other than that, everything else seems to be OK.

My coccyx (sp?) must have taken the hit from the car. Either the front pillar or the side mirror. That's where I have the most pain at the moment.
 

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I would send the frame and fork to Spyder Composites or Calfee to be x-rayed or ultrasounded or whatnot if you're intent on keeping it. Dropouts can be replaced, it's not an easy thing to do though. There could be other areas that you can't see like the steerer tube that need examining too just in case.

Does your own auto insurance cover any of this sort of thing? You did get hit by a car on the road. I'd be looking to get a new bike personally.
 

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I would send the frame and fork to Spyder Composites or Calfee to be x-rayed or ultrasounded or whatnot if you're intent on keeping it. Dropouts can be replaced, it's not an easy thing to do though. There could be other areas that you can't see like the steerer tube that need examining too just in case.

Does your own auto insurance cover any of this sort of thing? You did get hit by a car on the road. I'd be looking to get a new bike personally.
Yeah, I'm planning to call insurance in the morning. At this point, I'm not sure if I want to ride on the road anymore. Maybe because it's a fresh incident, and it's got me rattled. People in my state do not give two chits about road cyclists. (Alabama)
 
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