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I just like the little brown thing in your avatar.
Perhaps, but for the most part, my rides are generally incident free. And I hit the deck on the center line incident, and the few times I had to bail in the last few years, yeah, I've had a helmet. I think incidents are expected in cycling but relatively rare. However, it just seems to me that any time I don't wear a helmet, incidents, or near incidences happen.magnolialover said:Maybe you notice these so-called near death experiences more when you're not wearing a helmet?? Hmm? Possibly? If you didn't fall down though, in my opinion, not nearly a near death experience at all. Anyway, I've personally known a few people in the last couple of years that have lost their lives while riding, and every single one of them was wearing a helmet, but when a car essentially cracks you in half, a helmet really doesn't matter.
Glad to hear you made it out alive. That tooth should have been worth 10 grand or so. I wear a helmet 99% of the time. The streets are getting way too congested out here. the lat time that happened I moved. I can' t keep moving farther out in the desert. People suck.MarkS said:I have gone without a helmet a few times. But, since I was hit by a car on November 4, I NEVER ride anywhere, even in my driveway, without a helmet. I was hit from behind at a very slow speed (I was just starting from a stop at a red light). I had no major injuries, except for a broken tooth. The next morning, I felt the side of my helmet and it was rough from having hit the ground. Then I looked inside and it had multiple breaks. I shudder to think what would have happened to my head it I had not been wearing that helmet on what I had thought was a relatively minor, low impact crash.
Man, that sucks. Rear ending a lawyer with your car. Definitely not the best move. Glad to hear things are looking up.MarkS said:vol245 and funknuggets
I haven't posted much about my accident because I still am dealing with the insurance company for the guy that hit me. Here are some basic details:
I was riding home from work on a Friday evening. The driver hit me from behind -- I saw nothing -- all I know is that I was riding along, felt something shove or hit my bike from behind and I was on the ground. The driver did stop and came back to see how I was (if he had not stopped there is no way that I ever would have been able to identify him). He was very courteous and concerned even before he found out what I do for a living. His insurance company also has been very attentive. I had virtually no damage to my bike other than the wheels' needing to be trued and some other adjustments. It would figure that the trashed helmet was my most expensive (Giro Atmos). I left the bike and helmet at my LBS -- the insurance company inspected them within a few days and immediately issued a check to the LBS for the cost of the repairs and a new Atmos helmet. I had some nasty bruises on my left side, including swelling on my hip that took about a month to subside. The tooth was the biggest problem -- I had had a repair to the tooth several years ago; the impact dislodged the repair. It cost over $1,300 to repair the tooth (and two very painful visits to the dentist's office).
I don't want to discuss my settlement position or strategy in a public forum. But, the insurance company has been reasonable with me to date and I plan to be reasonable in return. I have to say that the facts that the driver was as concerned as he was (he clearly just misjudged how close he was to me) and that the insurance company has been attentive will work in their favor.