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It Finally happened - hit by suv (long)hallcd7
Oct 27, 2002 6:09 PM
I was on my short neighborhood ride, riding north on a bike path. At the exit from the high school parking lot sat a large Ford Excursion, tinted windows, which meant i couldnt make eye contact with the driver. he was stopped at the stop sign exiting the parking lot, i slowed, waited until i felt he saw me and was waiting, then crossed in front. I had just crossed the center of his hood when he accelerated right into my rear wheel. Knocked me 5 feet into the asphalt, then stopped. All i could see was the monstrous large vehicle bearing down on me. Ruined the rear wheel on my 2 week old Fuji Team, but otherwise survived ok. The guy was very shaken by what he had just done. Has put up money to cover all damages, gave me a ride home, wants to make sure all my needs are met. I guess it could have been much worse, and the guy has been more than willing to make everything right.
Guess i thought it would never happen to me, but now that it has, i am much more leery of all vehicles. He was talking on a cell phone, and distracted because he couldn't find his kid at the high school. Admitted he never saw me until he hit me. Oh, well, live (thankfully) and learn to be more careful.
re: It Finally happened - hit by suv (long)Skip
Oct 27, 2002 6:31 PM
I'm sorry you got hit, but glad you are OK. We bicyclists, along with motorcycles, scooters, and the like, just don't seem to be as visible as cars and trucks.

How nice it would be if there were a small, (50 g), device available, that we could mount on our bikes, that would project a holographic image to everybody around that WE were a Ford Excursion. We'd sure be a lot more visible.
tinted windowstao
Oct 27, 2002 7:04 PM
Sorry to hear about it. Are there states where driver side tinted windows are legal? If so, this seems absurd... to me anyway.
tinted windowsSmoothie
Oct 28, 2002 5:09 AM
hallcd7 - sorry to hear about your accident! Glad you are okay and the driver is going to take care of your damages. Still sucks though but it could have been worse.

tao -
several states allow tinted drivers side windows. Down here in florida you can have medium tint on the driver's side and dark to limo on the other windows. Most people just do dark on all the windows. Almost every car here has tinted windows due to the sun. I moved down from boston and they also allow drivers side windows - again medium tint was the darkest you were supposed to get.
How could he see you, you silly boy?pmf1
Oct 28, 2002 5:42 AM
A Ford Excursion ... what is that, about 20 feet off the ground? Cyclists and small cars are not meant to be seen, just run over while the driver talks on his cell phone. Hey, they're safer vehicles. Safer for the people driving them at least. I love watching people try to park these idiot-mobiles in grocery store parking lots. Here in DC, everything is paved and it snows 2 inches a year. Its no wonder everyone has four wheel drive vehicles.

At least you weren't hurt, the bike is OK and the driver sounds like a decent guy.
Police report?Bike Nut
Oct 28, 2002 6:16 AM
You did file a police report, just in case this guy has a habit of being distracted and inattentive when he is supposed to be drivimg. It needs to be on record.
Better safe than sorryTrekFurthur
Oct 28, 2002 11:40 AM
Also, a police report is important if he tries to get out of his financial obligations to you (hope he doesn't).
Does it matter that it was an SUV?TJeanloz
Oct 28, 2002 6:45 AM
I was hit by a little old lady driving a Honda Accord. It seemed like the Accord was capable of doing plenty of damage to me; I don't really see the relevance of the vehicle being an SUV, except to villify the driver as one of "them".

Stupid drivers who don't see what's coming are stupid drivers who don't see what's coming regardless of what they're driving. Actually, as the driver of both an F-150 and a vintage Porsche, I can assure you that I have a better idea of what's going on around me in the much-larger F-150, where I can survey the entire landscape.
Could not agree with you more!!!Ligon
Oct 28, 2002 7:14 AM
You hit the nail on the head!!!! Does it really matter that they were driving an SUV? Hell No!!!! All it really boils down to is a stupid driver that was not paying attention. Frankly, I am tired of all the SUV bashing that goes on here. I drive an SUV, does that mean that I am more likely to hit a cyclist? Is it really the cars fault or the dumbass driving the car.
as much as i hate SUVs, i agreeSteve_0
Oct 28, 2002 8:52 AM
but you have to admit, more dumbasses own SUVs than own cars.
Plenty of idiots own cars.TrekFurthur
Oct 28, 2002 11:41 AM
Evidently, the world is nowhere near short of supply.
Oct 28, 2002 8:41 AM
The height of the hoodline on an Excursion would totally obscure the driver from seeing a cyclist 1-2 feet in front of the bumper. In the same case vs. an Accord, the cyclist would be at eye level with the driver. His problem was he was'nt able to make eye contact with the driver before he went in front of the thing and yes, the guy was goofing around on his phone.
What are you doing 1-2 feet from a front bumper?TJeanloz
Oct 28, 2002 9:11 AM
Any cyclist who gives the driver their first opportunity to make eye contact at 1-2 feet from the front bumper, has some style issues. But even then, I'm guessing you've never driven a big vehicle? I don't have any trouble seeing a cyclist, or anything else, right off the nose of my truck.

This should be a rant against highly tinted windows, but it's easier to rage against SUV's. Could he have made eye contact with an Accord if the windows were tinted to the degree claimed?
(apparently, being run over) nmSteve_0
Oct 28, 2002 9:20 AM
What are you doing 1-2 feet from a front bumper?EricBH
Oct 28, 2002 9:58 AM
No, he did'nt get the opportunity to make eye contact before he was in front of it (due to the tinted windows). I personally would go out of my way to be way in front of it to assure being visible. The Excursion hoodline is quite a bit taller than your F150 and yes, I have driven and worked on them all. The Excursion is a great truck if your needs require it but, for picking your kids up from school - I'd be afraid of running someone over.
For that matter, why even mention a car !?!?Steve_0
Oct 28, 2002 8:50 AM
next time, just post 'i fell today'.
evidence SUV drivers not evil?trekkie1
Oct 28, 2002 11:58 AM
The occurrence must go in the category of at least proving SUV drivers aren't as evil as usually claimed. The guy screwed up, and did the right thing after. Rather than vilify, this praises.

Sounds to me like the phone was the problem. Ban cell-phones (but only if you ban passengers, too).
Stop blaming objects and blame irresponsible peoplekenyee
Oct 28, 2002 2:03 PM
Just like all the annoying chatter now blaming the "sniper" problem on the firearm he chose to use. The guy should just be treated like another serial killer. Why does it even matter what he used. He was evil. Evil finds a way.

Ditto w/ SUVs. Doesn't matter what car was used. Does it matter if you were run over by a guy on a 800lb motorcycle on his cell phone? The guy was being irresponsible for not pulling over before using his cell phone. I don't even pick mine up unless I don't have to make turns or am in a curve or in a crowded area. It's got caller ID. If it's important, I'll call the person back when I stop. That's the way it should work...
this story bothers meAlexx
Oct 28, 2002 7:29 AM
Firstly, you need to make a police report, ASAP! Chances are that window tint was illegal, and a major cause of the accident. This needs to be noted in an official report.
Next, you need to call his insurance company. a police report would contain this info.
Thridly, you need to see a doctor. You may have a concussion, cracked bone, whatever. A police report will be needed to prove liability.
What happens if he stops being mr. nice guy when he finds out the total cost of the damage he inflicted on you? I'll tell you what will happen-you are gonna be S.O.L!
as for him giving you a ride home: ARE YOU INSANE??????? This guy proved that he's an idiot! I'd wait for the cops-either they or the ambulance would give me a ride-straight to the hospital! Now he had the chance to sweet-talk you-probably convinced you that it was partly your fault, too! What a patsy!
OK-call the police, call his insurance, call your doctor, call your bike shop, and the call him. If he doesn't cooperate fully, then call an attorney.
P.S. If you are in NY, talking on a cell phone while driving is illegal. Nail the idiot!
come onSteve_0
Oct 28, 2002 8:48 AM
firstly, you have no idea what state the original poster lives in, and therefore have no basis for the 'illegality' of the tint.
Next, If the gentleman is willing to pay for repairs out of pocket, there is no need, or LEGAL REQUIREMENT, to contact his insurance company
Thirdly, I'm sure he's much more aware of the extent of his injuries than you are...Have you never fallen yourself without going to the doctor? How about tackled during football? Checked in hockey?
If he stops being mr nice guy, as you suspect, you can always pursue these avenues later; thats the reason for the police report.

As far as the posters 'insanity' for accepting a ride from an 'idiot', i'm just glad I dont live in your pessimistic, judgemental world.
A bad driver, but at least a good citizen. -nmTig
Oct 28, 2002 7:58 AM
To Steve_O - Couldn't have said it better myself (nm)hallcd7
Oct 28, 2002 9:50 AM