Anyone ever been hit by a car while cycling.

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    Apr 20, 2008 6:54 PM GMT
    Thursday, I was cycling to school, on a sidewalk and was hit by a truck, technically I hit the truck. The truck was mid 90's Chevy Z21 model. The truck crossed the sidewalk as I was approaching at about 15-19 miles an hour. I slammed on my brakes as I was right there. I flipped over my handle bars and struck the right front finder and hood with my face. I was wearing a helmet thought my face hit the truck. As I came to the ground the back of my head slammed into the pavement.

    I heard the tired on the truck squeal so he could get in front of me before I crossed his path. All this and not to mention I was on school property.

    I broke my nose in two spots. I have major scrapes and swelling. My knees are completely swollen. I can't walk and can barely sit here and type, trying to make sense because of all the pain meds I am on.

    Anyone have thoughts or similar accidents. Please share as I have a while for recovery. I am nervous to get back and into the game...

    Life goes on
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    Apr 20, 2008 7:28 PM GMT
    I have broken both collarbones on a bike. The first one might have been a car accident except I don't remember the accident, the ride beforehand, the ambulance ride, or the time spent in the ER. Clavicle was shattered and I also had a concussion. The (mountain bike) forks were bent back and the handlebars were bent forward. To this day I have no idea what happened. I was back riding on the road in about 6 weeks.

    Second break was a tumble during a dual downhill slalom. I slid on some wet grass over a mound and face-planted downhill. I heard the bone snap and when I sat up I knew what had happened. Fell asleep in the Transylvania County ER waiting to be x-rayed.

    Destroyed a pair of safety glasses sliding my face across a big, flat rock in Pisgah National Forest. Better the glasses than my face.

    Although I don't compete much anymore, I'm still riding because I love it.
  • joeindallas

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    Apr 20, 2008 7:39 PM GMT
    dropped a motorcycle on me when a driver on a cell phone entered my lane broke off top of tibia and collar bone in 7 places In a wheel chair for 10 weeks SUXED Man hope you have a full recovery
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    Apr 20, 2008 7:49 PM GMT
    Sorry man - what a drag for you - but thankfully you're still here - and hopefully you'll be okay soon.

    You man not want to read this. Recently 3 people cycling were hit by a cop who crossed the road after falling asleep - two of the cyclists were killed and one lived but is all messed up. This happened in Cupertino, California near where I'm from. Their will be a major suit brought against the county and or state.

    Get well as soon as possible!
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    Apr 20, 2008 8:00 PM GMT
    Yeah, I have.

    I was biking home from work, it was evening but it was the summer so the last bit of the sun was fading. I get to the intersection and the light is green. There's a car in the opposite direction across the intersection. I go forward because the light is green, no one's turning. The car decided at the last minute to turn without signaling and started coming towards me. I was shocked, and he hit my front tire, but just before impact, and I have no idea to this day how I pulled this off, I jumped up and off my bike, pushing myself backwards....and landed on my feet!

    The bike was less fortunate. The front wheel got banged up pretty bad by the car's front bumper and got caught underneath the car's tire. So I pick up the bike, rolling it forward only on the rear wheel and go towards the curb thinking that the car would pull over.

    Nope.

    The jacktard sped off, and I couldn't get the license plate number. I walked the bike the rest of the way home and called the police to report the hit and run. Never did find that guy.
  • GQjock

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    Apr 20, 2008 8:42 PM GMT
    Yeah 8 years ago I was hit from behind by a car while cycling

    I was thrown 15 feet and sustained what was a Class II
    Fortier Skull fracture of the face
    so I've got screws and plates on my left side
    I was in a coma for two days

    Sucked ... but thanx to good Docs and time I'm pretty much better icon_wink.gif
  • eckilegs

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    Apr 20, 2008 11:11 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear about your accident. I hope you heal well.

    I got hit by a car when I was a kid. I was riding my bike to a friends house who lived across the street from my school. All I have left to do is cross 1 street and I'm there since they lived in a corner house......

    Then BAM! I don't remember the fall, or getting back home. But the woman that hit me was able to get me to tell her how to get to my house and she drove me there and explained what had happened to my parents. I had a concussion and due to that incident and a couple other auto mishaps, i was a nervous wreck inside most cars until I was about 17.
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    Apr 21, 2008 2:14 AM GMT
    The sad bottom line thing about this is that, at least if you live in a big city, this is just going to happen to you sooner or later.

    My most annoying one is when someone in a parked car looked out the window, saw me coming (we even made eye contact) and then opened the car door, causing me to somersault onto the street in a X Games worthy stunt.

    The bumps and bruises may be hurting you now, but as long you didn't break anything, you'll be good to go in a few days.
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    Apr 21, 2008 2:27 AM GMT
    lol, thanks for that,sb718.

    That really made me chuckleicon_lol.gif

    I was riding my bicycle going about 15-20 mph when my cousin threw a basketball at the front tire of my bike. The bike came to a halt but that's way more than I can say for me. I was hurled into the air by the momentum produced by my bike 10-12 ft and landed smack dab on my head before rolling down the street like a rag doll. icon_neutral.gif

    I got up, walked over to my anxious cousin thinking,

    " Wow, guess you can hit me when I'm on my bike with a basketball."

    I was 12....icon_eek.gif
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    Apr 22, 2008 5:22 AM GMT
    Hearing that kind of stuff makes me mad. I'm glad you (and everyone else who's been a similar incident) weren't hurt more seriously.

    I run, haven't biked in years and have had people do the same to me even when they obviously didn't have the right of way. I usually stop, see what they're going to do and then run in front of them anyway while flipping them off the move was obviously intentional. Did the person that hit you at least stop or did they take off? Hit and run, assault with a deadly weapon, maybe with intent to kill sounds like a good way to keep him/her off the roads.
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    Apr 22, 2008 3:44 PM GMT
    I haven't been hit while riding a bike, but had many close calls while running outside. The worst was a huge semi truck that didn't stop at a light and started to go while I was in front of it. I really have to look out when jogging and try to stay on trails where there are no vehicles, but I still have to go out on the street to get to them. icon_mad.gif

    Sorry to all of you who were hit by cars.
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    Apr 29, 2008 10:48 AM GMT
    JustJohn saidI have broken both collarbones on a bike. The first one might have been a car accident except I don't remember the accident, the ride beforehand, the ambulance ride, or the time spent in the ER. Clavicle was shattered and I also had a concussion. The (mountain bike) forks were bent back and the handlebars were bent forward. To this day I have no idea what happened. I was back riding on the road in about 6 weeks.

    Second break was a tumble during a dual downhill slalom. I slid on some wet grass over a mound and face-planted downhill. I heard the bone snap and when I sat up I knew what had happened. Fell asleep in the Transylvania County ER waiting to be x-rayed.

    Destroyed a pair of safety glasses sliding my face across a big, flat rock in Pisgah National Forest. Better the glasses than my face.

    Although I don't compete much anymore, I'm still riding because I love it.
    That is horrible, you poor man. I hope you heal up and do not let this event scare you from the joy of bicycles.
    I once was hit by a coke can that someone threw out from a passing truck.
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    Apr 29, 2008 11:28 AM GMT
    When I was 14. I rode my bike head on into a car. Why does not matter, now. But all I got was a fractured thigh. traction for about 8 weeks, and a caliper for about one year.

    But I think of all the times, I came off my motor bike, and just walked away. Not even a trip to the GP.

    Sorry to hear about your accident.
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    Apr 29, 2008 12:04 PM GMT
    I had an accident while running on foot in high school, part of our Citizen Army Training (kinda like ROTC) . I had looked back to see how another friend with me was faring. I smacked my head right into the rear end of a backing truck (it was one of those sugarcane trucks, with overhanging metal carriers). Fortunately, it was backing up pretty slowly. I bounced back and blacked out for a few minutes. LOL I had an eggsized bump to show for it later.
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    Apr 29, 2008 2:16 PM GMT
    Sorry this had to happen to you - take some time and rest-up!

    First you should report the accident to the police - if the guy never stopped I believe that it would be considered a hit-and-run. Also - it wouldn't hurt to consult an attorney to at least get the jerk to pay for your medical bills and associated expenses. There have been several incidents of cyclists getting hit in Portland - the upside is that there is a huge awareness now of cyclist safety.
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    Apr 29, 2008 3:56 PM GMT
    I was being a plonker a few months back when cycling round London, I hadnt checked my route and didnt realise I was in a left hand lane only and a bus overtook me.

    As we approached the traffic lights I was going straight on, but this big old bus wasnt! Arrrgggggg I could see what wa gonna happen, if Id been on my bike with disk brakes no probs I could stop on a penny, alas I was on a fold up with tiny wheels and crappy block brakes.

    So I thre my arm up to cushion the impact and slammed it into the side of the bus, judo style, some poor old dear on the bus nearly had heart attack tho as she was dozing off!

    The funnier thing was tho slamming my arm on the bus stopped me dead and the bike literaly flew out from under me and went straight under the bus and out the other side LMAO I heard some woman scream as she obviously thought I was mangled underneath!

    Needless to say on recovering my bike I sat on the pavement thanking all the gods and this Aussie tourist walked up and said "Jeeze man ever thought of being a stunt man that was so cool" I wanted to smack him one but couldnt help laughing!

    Hope your knees and everything get better soon man, it beats getting squashed in a car anyday
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    Apr 29, 2008 4:00 PM GMT
    So many motorists could care less about cyclists... they view us as an annoyance. I've never been hit (knock on wood) but I've had some very close calls. The thing that pisses me off is that alot of the cars on the road are driving short distances that could easily be biked... so why not save the gas?
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    Apr 29, 2008 4:02 PM GMT
    swpdxguy saidSorry this had to happen to you - take some time and rest-up!

    First you should report the accident to the police - if the guy never stopped I believe that it would be considered a hit-and-run. Also - it wouldn't hurt to consult an attorney to at least get the jerk to pay for your medical bills and associated expenses. There have been several incidents of cyclists getting hit in Portland - the upside is that there is a huge awareness now of cyclist safety.


    Not sure what the laws are out there but if that were the UK it would be his fault as unless the path were a dedicated cycle lane he would be in the wrong so best check that out first or teh driver of the truck could potentialy sue you for damages and trauma, which has happened before!!!!!
  • SoDakGuy

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    Apr 29, 2008 4:14 PM GMT
    Let's see ... I've been shot at, jumped by two kids (and I beat them up, thank you very much!) and yes, I've been hit my a car. All of this riding my bike.

    I was riding to meet someone for coffee. I was in my bike lane and I see this car next to me and then pull over closer and closer to me. I start to yell and to brake, but it was too late. I hit the back of the trunk of the car w/ my knee and rolled off the trunk and landed on my back. I still remember the collective gasp I heard from the crowd.

    The valet driver that hit me tried to blame me for getting hit in front of the police officer. I said out loud, "You fucking hit me on a bike, you asshole!" The cop found it funny. I was walking around w/ a bummed knee and I still have scars from it.
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    Apr 29, 2008 4:16 PM GMT
    WyoLifter said The thing that pisses me off is that alot of the cars on the road are driving short distances that could easily be biked... so why not save the gas?


    Talkin my language there wyo its part of what I do for a living
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    Apr 29, 2008 5:56 PM GMT
    Update:

    The police report puts me at fault for not being in a "Motorized Lane". Yet it also says that I was a Pedestrian. The funny thing is that this city is trying to enforce cycling laws everyday. Yet, crap like this still happens!

    I have filed a claim with his insurance and should hear back within the day from the "adjuster." I am ready to take further action if they do not pay the medical. My bike has a few scratches, which I can deal with because, I just shows what I/we have live with.

    The funny thing is, one of the witnesses says the same thing I said in his report.

    We never spoke so I am not totally dumb to what happened. I just hope they take care of the medical payments...

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    Apr 29, 2008 6:07 PM GMT
    I believe that cyclist should have equal road rights as vehicles. It is much safer to be in the motorized lane than shoved off to the side in a bike lane. I only traveled by bike for 3 years in SF and found that riding in the middle of the road was the safest way. That way cars can actually see you. despite this, I have been hit twice. Both times by cabs. One time i literally went over the hood and the cab kept driving.

    I hope you recover well from your hit. You should not be at fault.
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    May 04, 2008 2:33 AM GMT
    Didn'tmean to imply that I ever gave up the sport - I brought four bikes to Germany with me and there's a few pictures on my blog of my race last year in Munich. Cobblestones most certainly do not rule, but you really feel like a cyclist having raced over them.

    I even left out the childhood accidents; snapped off front tooth on halloween when I was 10 and fractured wrist on July 4 when I was 12.

    I never considered not riding a bike, ever.

    LutherGooch said[quote]That is horrible, you poor man. I hope you heal up and do not let this event scare you from the joy of bicycles.
    I once was hit by a coke can that someone threw out from a passing truck.
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    May 06, 2008 7:55 PM GMT
    Update:

    Today, I received a letter from his insurance stating I was at fault.
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    May 06, 2008 8:40 PM GMT
    mtbkrguy08, that sucks! Did you report the incident to the police? I would call the insurance agency and fight that. I know in Colorado that if a car blocks a bike-way and/or side-walk that that car is at fault for any accidents.

    I was side-swiped by a car about 15 miles into a 45 mile road trek. I crashed and burned on the bottom of a hill summit in the road. Luckily, I wasn't run over again. The car never stopped and two ladies following behind the car stopped and called 911. I was tore up from knee to shoulder. After 2 hours, the ambulance and police never showed up. A friend came to pick me up. After replacing a wheel on my road bike and regaining confidence on the road, I went back out. It was hard though, still is. I avoid that road at all costs now. I'm still a little shaky on narrow road ways and I will take up more of the road lane to slow drivers down so I don't get hit again.

    Best wishes in your recovery and fight with the insurance company.