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So, I sit here typing one handed because I was hit yesterday by a car.


Riding on the road, I was passed by a car which then came to a fairly quick stop. There was no side road and it did not signal. This all happened when it was about thirty feet away, all within a second. I hit the brakes, staying on the right side of the road and in my lane (car is braking as it is passing me), when a car from on coming traffic turns across my lane to enter the driveway of a business. At this point I am locked up but the bike is just skidding. The driver is not looking at me, she is just plowing forward. There were some joggers as well, so it appeared as if she was looking backwards to make sure it was clear of any runners (there was a runner road race going on). She made no attempt to stop because she was clueless of my presence. All I could do was get the bike sideways and just collide. I dont remember much after that. The police later told me that I tore off her side mirror, and bashed in the front quarter.

I dont know about my bike yet. I will bring it to the shop for a look over.

I cant tell you how many times I have had to avoid the dreaded left turn by a car. It is very frustrating.

I know I will end up with medical bills. Do I need to contact her insurance? The bike is aluminum. Any hidden things I should have the shop look for?

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Yes, you will need to contact her insurance. Hopefully the police report put her at fault. If it does get the insurance company to accept liability as quickly as possible. Property and Medical are separate parts of the claim. Do not be to quick to settle medical until you are sure your injuries are healed. You can get a lawyer if you want and I would suggest it. Others will have other opinions.
 

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You will not have to pay a dime for medical bills...as long as she has insurance...and enough insurance...
Your bike is totaled...forget about it...
Time to start thinking about healing and getting a new bike and replacement for everything you were wearing that has the slightest mark on it...shoes, glasses, helmet, etc...everything.
Put it all together and make an inventory list of it all, including the cost to replace it with identical or similar gear at "today's" prices.

Contact the insurance company. Notify them of what happened and give them the name, etc. of the person that hit you...that provides you know that information.
Get a copy of the police report and make several copies of it. You always keep the original...those that need get a copy.
Keep track of all the time lost from work, inability to continue your normal life...mowing lawn, taking kids to school, etc.

I used a spiral bound 8 1/2" by 11" notebook to keep track of everything. Each entry was dated, time and who I was speaking to, If I was speaking to someone. I also used a large manila envelope to hold every paper I got. This is going to take a long time to resolve. Do not rely on your memory to retain everything for several years.

This is not just a minor collision. You seem to have lost consciousness and a hospital stay usually means you are going to need an attorney to protect you and see to your and your families best interests.
Get the best, most shark like, attorney you can find that will take your case. The insurance company is going to do the same using their attorney to minimize how much they have to pay out to compensate you, and your family, for your injuries today and in the future.

Have your bike taken to a trusted shop. Ask them to inspect the bike and components for damage and potential failure due to the trauma of the collision. Ask them to write up a cost of loss and replacement cost for the bike and components...my bike was a custom build so I had to keep the frame and components separate. If your bike was a complete bike purchase you just need a price of the cost to replace with today's bike cost. Once they are finished have someone trusted take the bike home. Do not release the bike to the insurance company. It is your bike not theirs until they have paid you for it. Once they have appropriately compensated you for your bike they make want the damaged one. If so make sure they give you some sort of written receipt for it. Also make sure you have lots of photos of it in its' damaged condition.

You should expect to have a check in your hands within 30ish days to replace your bike and kit. Settlement for injuries, etc. may take up to 3 years (that is how long it took in my case and that seems to be about normal in such cases).

Most important...rest and recover...
Good luck to you.
You have people here wishing you well and thinking good thoughts.
Keep us informed.
 

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I was hit by a car last summer and decided to not go the lawyer route... If I could do it over again I would contact a lawyer. I am still dealing with insurance companies. She was at fault, however in my state there is a 3000 medical pay-out limit which I hit. Now I have to go through my insurance (both car and health). Between physical therapy last summer, doctor visits, and calls to insurances I have lost many hours. I'm not a big proponent of lawyers, but they deal with all the insurance companies. I hope you recover quickly. Make sure you get a copy of the police report, visit your doctor for sure, and take your bike in for an estimate. Good luck.
 

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Good to hear you didn't get ran over. That could have been a disaster.

Can't give any advice for how to avoid that accident in the future, from your description she's totally at fault.

Like the others said. Make sure you medical and especially dental is checked over thoroughly.
 

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Had a specialist look at the clavicle today. clean fracture, good alignment but in the worst possible place. It has a chance of not setting. The worst part is that I am out for 16 weeks. Shoot me. I know I can get on a trainer after four but i will need some other choices. What have you guys done to stay in shape after a shoulder injury?
 

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Wow, there is just too many sketchy things on cycling forums.

So you are riding your bike a car passes you then stops but on a bike, you don't have time to stop?

Why would a passing car stop unless it had a red light and oncoming traffic had a green light to make her turn into the shopping center? I'm thinking the car that passed you didn't make a coutesy stop to let an oncoming car make a turn in front of them.

Is it possible you ran a red light?

If you've got a more clear explanation, be nice to hear it or I'd say you were at fault.
 

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When you get back on the bike, practice your panic stops in church parking lots. Not many riders can do them well, but all should be able to. You should never lock up your brakes because then you have no control. Also remember that if a motorist is driving strange or erratic, there is usually a reason. Slow down to figure it out. And could you have avoided this by occupying the traffic lane so that motorist could not have passed you at that point? I dont know if that would have been appropriate or not, but a lot of times, not giving motorists the idea that they can share the lane with you avoids a lot of problems too. Sorry about the wreck, I really hope you heal right and are able to get back on the road asap.
 

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There's not much you really can do...
Some great suggestions of what to do by MMM. Being aware of why cars are behaving strangely. Taking the lane when appropriate rather than being a gutter bunny.

Practice those emergency stops and remember that sometimes you can accellerate to safety rather than stopping in danger.

From your description it sounds as though you passed the car that stopped in front of you on its right. That indicates to me you were hugging the gutter. There is a reason you are supposed to pass other vehicles on their left. Passing on the right means the stopped car screened/blocked the view of the left turn motorist so you put yourself in a position that was unexpected and where you could not be seen. Had you passed the stopped car on its left you would have had more options.

A running race or any other similar event is a huge distraction to you and the motorist on that section of road. Either choose a different route or slow down to a safer speed that you can stop quickly at.

Lots of choices to make when riding and sometimes the wrong choice can have bad consequences, especially when combined with mistakes made by motorist or other riders.

Heal Fast and Ride Safe when you get back on the bike.
 

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That's what I was thinking. Why did he pass a car that was stopping without slowing down. I know it only takes a split second for stuff to happen and once the car slowed down like that you should have been ready to hit the brakes. Unfortunately I think Pete was at fault. What do others think? Why would he go blasting by a car that was stopped on the main road without looking for why it stopped,which means slowing and being cautious. Sorry about your collar bone. That sucks. I've had mine broken twice and it can be painfull. This is the worst time of year for that injury. Arg, just when the riding is getting better and better. Oh well, a good chance to read many mags and surf the web.
 

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If you've got a more clear explanation, be nice to hear it or I'd say you were at fault.
The guy's out for 16 weeks with a busted body and bike, but guilty until proven innocent because his one-handed post-crash writeup is insufficiently detailed? I will keep that in mind next time a car runs into me turning left across my lane.

Actually very little interest in the "at fault" debate. Sorry to hear about the OP's injury and wish him all the best and thank him for posting this account - which DID state he was on his brakes and keeping his lane as the car to his left stopped, before he was T-boned.

The fact is, drivers and cyclists aren't perfect; that's why drivers should have liability insurance and we all wish we had health insurance. Personally I doubt the OP is at fault but I'd rather let the lawyers and insurance companies sort that out, and learn what I can from this -- e.g., the preceding post by Keeping up with Junior.

Among other things this has convinced me to add a bell to my commuter bike. I wear obnoxious neon in traffic but at least twice a day I have to whistle at intersections to catch the attention of drivers or pedestrians who do not even see me, let alone respect my right of way. The bell is louder and it won't matter if I'm out of breath, I can still make some noise.
 

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So, I sit here typing one handed because I was hit yesterday by a car.


Riding on the road, I was passed by a car which then came to a fairly quick stop. There was no side road and it did not signal. This all happened when it was about thirty feet away, all within a second. I hit the brakes, staying on the right side of the road and in my lane (car is braking as it is passing me), when a car from on coming traffic turns across my lane to enter the driveway of a business. At this point I am locked up but the bike is just skidding. The driver is not looking at me, she is just plowing forward. There were some joggers as well, so it appeared as if she was looking backwards to make sure it was clear of any runners (there was a runner road race going on). She made no attempt to stop because she was clueless of my presence. All I could do was get the bike sideways and just collide. I dont remember much after that. The police later told me that I tore off her side mirror, and bashed in the front quarter.

I dont know about my bike yet. I will bring it to the shop for a look over.

I cant tell you how many times I have had to avoid the dreaded left turn by a car. It is very frustrating.

I know I will end up with medical bills. Do I need to contact her insurance? The bike is aluminum. Any hidden things I should have the shop look for?

thanks
He was braking - unless I've forgotten English again.
 

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He was braking - unless I've forgotten English again.
Well since you asked...

...I am locked up but the bike is just skidding.
He was not really braking, he was skidding, and as a result did not have control of his vehicle.

When you get back on the bike, practice your panic stops in church parking lots. Not many riders can do them well, but all should be able to. You should never lock up your brakes because then you have no control...
An excellenent suggestion from minutemaidman. Learn all those skills that the incompetent auto drivers have done by a computer. Panic stops on the bike include weight shift off the back of the saddle, lowering your center of gravity, proper pressure on both the front and rear brakes, hand location and properly maintaned brake pads, rims, tires and tire pressure.

Once again, sorry for the guys crash. Hope he heals well.

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. (RBR Kykr13)
 

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If you've got a more clear explanation, be nice to hear it or I'd say you were at fault.
sounds to me like someone going in the opposite direction made a left turn across his path and t-boned him because she wasn't watching where she was going.
 

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The guy's out for 16 weeks with a busted body and bike, but guilty until proven innocent because his one-handed post-crash writeup is insufficiently detailed? I will keep that in mind next time a car runs into me turning left across my lane.

- which DID state he was on his brakes and keeping his lane as the car to his left stopped, before he was T-boned.

Yes, keep this in mind next time a car turns left across your lane next time you blow a stop.:thumbsup:
 
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