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post #1 of 28
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In a few other threads I alluded to the fact that I got hit by a car and got a little bit under the wheels but it seems I am fine. I think the police believed her story, I haven't seen the report yet but no citation was issued. I never left the right hand land, she tried to change lanes to pass, but failed. Her car was still partially in my lane after she came to a stop after ramming my trailer and causing me to fall under her rear wheel. I never tried to merge left. I was preparing to stop and wait for traffic to clear. There was a car parked in the right lane. I was going to stop, but her story is I ran into her, and I believe the stupid oinkers believed her. When EMT got there and asked what happened, pig said "he hit her car with his trailer". I think thats how it got written up. She was overtaking me. I never left my lane. She never (fully) left my lane. Too bad I don't have an insurance company to fight for me. I think I'm going to have to pay for the ambulance, ER, radiology. I left before seeing a doctor, I think I'm going to fully recover from my wounds. Lucky I guess, but I really would prefer you ******* motorists give it a rest. Drivers suck. **** you.
post #2 of 28
I just posted over in the other thread about my concern for you, and am very happy you posted a report.
Whew!
Don't scare us like that!!!
post #3 of 28
Wow man hope everything will be ok- and don't worry you can fight anything in court. I thought it was a driveway oil changing incident or something but damn u got lucky- that could've been your melon. Best wishes brotha heal quickly!
post #4 of 28
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Thanks. I started this thread so everyone would know I'm OK. I still think that old lady should be in jail. Attempted homicide. Sorry drivers, but you are destroying the planet. Stop. If there is a bicycle ahead of you, wait until you can safely pass. Less than 1% of you mother******s obey the speed limit. Why is that?
post #5 of 28
Where was this?
post #6 of 28
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900 block of Rhode Island NE, couple blocks past the Metro stop, heading home. Sorry for hating on drivers, I drive sometimes.
post #7 of 28
As an avid driver, I wish you all the best and hope for your speedy recovery. Drivers p!ss me off all the time too.

Too bad we don't have a decent driver education system in this country.
post #8 of 28
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900 block of Rhode Island NE, couple blocks past the Metro stop, heading home. Sorry for hating on drivers, I drive sometimes.
I go to Proteus that way too. <sigh>

This is where I wish you had a more personal WABA/LAB advocacy.
post #9 of 28
So....do I have this right? You're in the right lane with your bicycle and bike trailer, some old bat nicks your trailer trying to go around you, you fall to the ground and her tire runs over your elbow?

The police, who were NOT THERE WHEN THIS HAPPENED, say that your trailer hit her car?

I would not have agreed to any pork product making that kind of judgment call. It's a clear case of he said/she said.

Why don't you press the issue and sue her for damages? That will teach the old bag to LIE and drive (or reasonable facsimile of driving). Then you can actually see a doctor if you wish. If you see one a month down the road when your elbow is screaming in pain....well, what then?

Just playing devil's advocate. Drivers need to pay attention and give bicycles MORE ROOM, not try to squeeze around them. GRRRR.
post #10 of 28
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Thanks, Bonni. Yes, that's what he said when asked what happened, but I don't know what the report says. I haven't gone to the police station yet.

I'm hoping my damages are only a few days income and costs associated with my attempt to receive medical treatment, but I will try to recover damages.

I'm close to settling on the last time I got taken out, and I was planning on visiting my orthopedist and lawyer once more before signing the papers. I'll get their opinions on my current condition.
post #11 of 28
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As an avid driver, I wish you all the best and hope for your speedy recovery. Drivers p!ss me off all the time too.

Too bad we don't have a decent driver education system in this country.
Hey I enjoy driving too, but I try to limit it to three or four trips per year.

I pride myself on obeying all traffic laws and observing right of way when I drive. My driving style has been described as "little old lady". I just wish little old ladies drove like I do.
post #12 of 28
A month has passed. How you doin'?
post #13 of 28
Dam Telerod that bites!
I used to work at Georgetown U. I couldn't stand all the traffic.
Maybe you should become a Hillbilly! Much more laid back in WV.
post #14 of 28
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Maybe you should become a Hillbilly!
Some hillbillies don't like bikers either!! We had a bunch of our guys getting pinched by a commercial dump truck regularly on "rural" rides! Turns out this guy was purposely riding the white line when he saw bikers and nearly took out a group with his mirrors. The truck was pretty well marked with company logos and phone number so a complaint to the State Police, and a letter to the trucking company with details of the encounters was filed. I dunno, I always slow down and give extra room to walkers, joggers, cyclists, etc- is the big hurry worth killing someone?
post #15 of 28
Yeah, The coal and logging trucks are something to contend with around here. They pretty much 'own' the road. Thats why I stick to the off road mostly. I still would rather ride these roads than the DC metro area!
post #16 of 28
As a (pro) driver of 30 years. Pro,that's drivers that obey the laws and show courtesy to others sharing the road I am appalled at the lack of skill and common sense displayed by most people on the road. Including NASCAR truck drivers. Tele glad you survived.
post #17 of 28
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A month has passed. How you doin'?
It never was that bad. It was ugly for about a week then the colors cleared and swelling went away. There is a weird lump that scared me, so I made an appointment with the guy who treated my collarbone. I missed the appointment though. It doesn't bother me and it's going away slowly (I think).

The lawyer who helped me on my collarbone wasn't interested in taking this case. So I got the idea that I would get very far. But it seems like the evidence is sufficient. I haven't done anything. I don't really know how but I guess I could find out.

I never saw a doctor, so I don't know if I got injured. I think I can lift as much as before. It was sore for a while, but seems fine now.
post #18 of 28
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Yeah, The coal and logging trucks are something to contend with around here. They pretty much 'own' the road. Thats why I stick to the off road mostly. I still would rather ride these roads than the DC metro area!
I 'own' the roads here. There are some kooks that don't know that, but the truckers are pretty cool when they are on my turf. I really respect the pros like Slider.
post #19 of 28
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As a (pro) driver of 30 years. Pro,that's drivers that obey the laws and show courtesy to others sharing the road I am appalled at the lack of skill and common sense displayed by most people on the road. Including NASCAR truck drivers. Tele glad you survived.
Thanks Slider. The excellent pro truckers do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
post #20 of 28
I'm glad you are doing OK. I didn't want this to degrade into a urban versus suburban vs rural thing. I guess that old lady didn't see your title to the road!

Really what i was thinking of...There might be a job in Fayetteville, WV doing MTB tours along the new river gorge. Might be a good way to rehab your soul.

I've had some bad experiences in my time. I've had beer thrown on me (tried to catch it in my mouth):, spit on, pushed, run off the road..... Once after getting brushed and spit at, I gave the car the finger, 3 goons got out and one kicked me between the shoulder blades. I just took off, nothing further happened. My track coach got run over by a car while running. All of this happened in NOVA....

I've been living in WV for some time now. One incident is wedged in my brain. I was riding with my buddy (he is tone deaf) down a back road. I heard shots coming from around a bend in the road. I couldn't get him to slow down as we were racing for position. I tried to grab his seat as he rounded the corner. A couple guys and a girl were shooting cans in the middle of the road. They missed us, but it an experience I could live without!

I wish everyone could ride, slide, run, without fear of some idiot running them over, beating them, or shooting them.

If I were King, I'd make sure everyone got milk and cookies before bed!:
post #21 of 28
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I hear you. I've been really lucky. Sorry about your coach. I knew a guy that got killed and another friend is brain damaged. Another that was intentionally hit and one who was shot in the leg while riding his bike home, shattering his femur. Those last two healed up OK, though.

I'm reminded of a little old lady who offered me tea after a guy in a stolen car rear-ended me on Harvard Street NW, totaling my car and my bike (on a rear rack, thank God I was driving!)

She said "This happens all the time here." Later she said "It could happen anywhere." I didn't say anything, but I thought 'Maybe with a little less frequency, elsewhere.' MTB guide job is tempting...
post #22 of 28
Whatever you do Rod, take care of yourself. We kinda like you around here!
post #23 of 28
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Whatever you do Rod, take care of yourself. We kinda like you around here!
Thanks. I think I'm one of the most careful riders. I have to be now with the trailer.
post #24 of 28
Man, gas is $3.65 here. I may have to commute by bike pretty soon! Telerod PM sent.
post #25 of 28
Unfortunatley we live in a world where it just isn't that safe to ride bikes on public roads and that is a real shame. My mother is one you shlould also be watching out for if you ever ride in Oklahoma. My sis and I've desperately tried to get her to stop driving. I can't figure out how she passes the eye tests at the DMV. I'm currently trying to get her to sign a medical POA for other reasons. As soon as she does, we're gonna get with her Eye Doc and see about getting her declared unfit to drive. For now, we've got all her friends and other relatives that live in Oklahoma driving her most of the time. after all, they sure don't want to ride with her. Better public transportation options would help this predocament for many, but when you can't get on a bus without getting stared down by a bunch of thug punks that's not really an option for the elderly these days.

Anyway T, sorry for the

I'm glad you are doing better. I honestly don't feel comfortable riding on public city streets anymore and don't plan on letting my kids ride on public roads either. It's bike path or you're really risking it out this way. That really sucks!
post #26 of 28
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Johnnys Zoo- Thanks. The gas prices have made me very busy. I'm off this week to help my mom recovering from surgery, but it's been nuts since I got back after my boo-boo.

crgildart, skiing is dangerous too. It's probably as hard for some people to understand why bike messengers love their jobs as it is for me to understand why some people love to jump off cliffs.

For recreation, I prefer bike paths, or better yet dirt trails.
post #27 of 28
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Johnnys Zoo- Thanks. The gas prices have made me very busy. I'm off this week to help my mom recovering from surgery, but it's been nuts since I got back after my boo-boo.

crgildart, skiing is dangerous too. It's probably as hard for some people to understand why bike messengers love their jobs as it is for me to understand why some people love to jump off cliffs.

For recreation, I prefer bike paths, or better yet dirt trails.
Fair enough, I've seen two horrible accidents involving skiers and snow cats back when they used to actually groom open trails.
post #28 of 28
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For recreation, I prefer bike paths, or better yet dirt trails.
Group ride tonight!

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