Agreed. That was my first season as a road cyclist. 13 years later, I
now assume that nobody can see me. Haven't been hit since, after more
than 100,000 miles. There's been lots of stuff I've had to react to
I, too, assume that I'm invisible to drivers. Where possible, I try to
make eye contact with a driver before doing anything that will put me in a
hazardous position with his/her vehicle. Most of the time this works.
However, a couple of years ago I'm commuting to work. I come to an
intersection. Guy heading in the opposite direction in a high end mercedes
covertible is signalling left turn. I look at him. It sure looks like he
is looking right at me. So, I keep going (it's a light controlled
intersection). He then turns left right into me. I see it happening and I
start yelling-- a trick I picked up many years ago). He has the top down
and it isn't that noisy so he hears me. Well, don't know if he was drunk,
stoned, or just stupid. I don't go down (probably because he isn't moving
that fast). But I do end up with my left foot on his hood. Guy looks at me
like I'm the one at fault. So, I gave his hood a love tap before leaving.
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Guy looks at me
Yeah, I took a core-sample of someone's door once with my MTB
handlebar. She deserved it. Turns out the material from the sample is
from the industrial era. I had to drill it and pull it out with a
sheet metal screw.
I was once waiting in a line of cars at a light (about 4th in line), and some bozo
didn't stop and hit me from behind. Pushed my bike (a 3-speed schwinn :-)
onto the trunk of the car in front of me, and left me standing with about
12 inches between the two bumpers. Shook for a week. He did buy me a new
Schwinn World Sport (1981 or thereabouts).
It's a visual thing. The guy was probably watching the bumper of the car
and not the small profile of you. In a panic stop, people will drive right
into the car ahead because that is what they are looking at. They should be
looking at a spot behind the car.
On Sun, 10 Oct 2004 05:40:15 GMT, Steve Knight
Glad you're OK. Helmets are great things. Almost 20 years ago I did a
one point landing from my mountain bike off a jump. Dropped about 8
feet vertically onto my forehead. Destroyed the helmet and shortened
my neck/spine by and inch and a half. Without the helmet there is
little chance I would have survived.
I am glad you are OK and well. Cars almost always win those
confrontations. I have had them run my little butt off the road a few
times and ran into a door as it was opened.
I am glad that you were wearing your helmet too. They are kinda goofy
and definitely not the macho thing to wear but they will save yer noggin'!
Doors can be bad news. Was coming out of class at Georgia Tech one day and
there's this woman stopped in the middle of the road outside the building.
She opens her door and about that time some guy on a Harley comes around
the corner way too fast and lands himself in traction after he hits the
door. I was surprised that she wasn't injured--I would have expected that
much bike to slam the door into her pretty hard.
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
Of all of the things our kids have done right, making our grandchildren wear
helmets before they can mount a bike is close to the top of the list.
Thankfully I have never had to replace a helmet because of impact but I
still expect it to happen someday.
well I got the bill to get my bike back to the level it was. it only needs a few
fork. but to get it to the level it was is about 740.00 and another 169.00 for
my glasses. I contacted the lady who hit me. she is really nice and has worried
about me. she can't afford that much out of pocket. she contacted her insurance
well after talking to my bike mechanic he says I has hardly ever seen a
insurance company pay for a bicycle accident. even if the person was hurt it is
a big battle. so any idea's?
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Don't forget the replacement helmet. And any clothes that got torn as a result
of the rough landing.
Short answer: The insurance company issue is not _your_ problem. Either her
insurance pays, or she does. Which one is between _her_ and her insurance.
Either you get what it takes to 'make you whole' (everything as it was _before_
the accident), or you go to court. For _just_ the 'property damage', it is
well within the limits of "small claims" -- for which the 'court costs' are
likely something in the range of $20. Maybe another $30-50, if they have
to have the bailiff actually deliver the summons in person. You include those
costs in addition to the 'actual' damages, in figuring out how much you file
the suit for. It is an open-and-shut case, particularly if she admitted
liability in the presence of the police officer, or *any* other witness at
Seriously, the insurance company should _jump_ at the chance to settle for
the 'property damage' costs *only*. 'Total liability' includes the value
of the time you were off work (I think that's 1-1/2 days -- rest of the day
of the accident, plus the next day -- figured on a "gross revenue", not 'net
profit" basis), plus 'something' for the "aches and pains" that persisted
past that point, _plus_ rental of a replacement bicycle until repairs on
yours are completed (or, alternatively an amount for 'loss of use' of your
'vehicle', until repairs are complete -- industry standard value for
loss-of-use was $15/day in 1975, inflation has to have pushed that to at
least $25/day now.)
By the time you get done adding up all these "incidentals", the grand total
is easily double (to close to triple) the figures you've mentioned. Before
accounting for the 'intangibles' -- aches/pains/etc.
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