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Being hit by a car.....(10 posts)

Being hit by a car.....SPDRECRD
Nov 17, 2002 8:13 AM
If someone hits you with their car while you are training, is it appropriate to find where they live and urinate on everything they own? .....including them?
re: Being hit by a car.....DINOSAUR
Nov 17, 2002 8:27 AM
It would probably be in your best interest to hire an attorney and have him do your peeing for you...
No... do that after sueing themPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Nov 17, 2002 9:44 AM
Then you get their money for legal bills if you get in shit with the cops.

Nick
RE: No... do that after sueing themSPDRECRD
Nov 17, 2002 10:42 AM
Damn, too late...... Think that will have any bearing on my case?
Depends did you get caught? ;) (nm)PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Nov 17, 2002 4:46 PM
Wasn't going to write anything ....But!GeoCyclist
Nov 17, 2002 2:36 PM
Understanding and communication go a long way!!!

In twenty years of cycling I've been hit three times by motor vehicles. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't considered responding in a similary manner as you have! However, I have to honestly say the best resolution I've had from these three events did not involve a vulgar act or litigation. I got a new bike, medical bills paid, loss of income paid, and didn't give 50% of my settlement to a lawyer, by just responding REASONABLY.

When a cyclist is hit by a vehicle it is called a traffic ACCIDENT. 99.9% of the people do not get in their car with the intention of running down a cyclist; although the person who just hit you might be considering it now! Most of the time, the driver is as shook up about the accident as the cyclist. Therefore, neither the drive or the cyclist is funtioning at 100%. This is called SHOCK! The last time I was hit I did not verbally (or physically) assault the drive who hit me. The guy was truley concerned for my well being and actually assisted me in settling a claim with his insurance company. Isn't it amazing what a little understanding can do?

A free bit of advice that took me 15 years to learn!

Cheers,
Chris
Wasn't going to write anything ....But!look271
Nov 17, 2002 2:56 PM
I'm glad things worked out for you. I responded reasonable in the only incident involving a vehicle hitting me. Never again. Yes, I did get a new wheel set, new shoes and new clothes, but only after fighting with their insurance. (My bike was ok except for the wheels and a few other minor items. I had some cuts and a sprained knee.) While I wouldn't fly off the next time (if it happens), I would be much more aggressive. While the motorist certainly, in most cases, is not trying to hit you, they do tend to dismiss it as "only" a bicyclist in alot of cases.
PersistanceKerry
Nov 17, 2002 4:28 PM
When my daughter was hit by a car while riding her bike, the cop was so incompetent he didn't even issue the driver a ticket (driver pulled out from a side street and hit her broadside!). Our state is no-fault, so the medical was paid by our car insurance. However, I stuck with the driver's insurance agent, and let him know that I knew whose fault it was, that he knew whose fault it was, and that the driver knew whose fault it was. They paid full replacement cost on the bike, and after about a year, paid a settlement to her - basically pain and suffering, of which she had quite a bit. I never involved a lawyer, though I did go over the case with my own insurance agent who basically said "they'll settle." I never threatened these people, but I let them know that "if it ever came to a deposition, your client would have a hard time" and things like that. They "knew" that I "knew" and so came up with the settlement. Just another story of how to deal with it.
I do not call it an ACCIDENT..Brooks
Nov 18, 2002 3:49 PM
I call it a COLLISION. Accidents are preventable by paying more attention to the task at hand. And that task is not fiddling with the radio/CD, cell phone, reading the paper, doing your makeup, or for cyclists blowing through stop signs.

Fortunately, I have had only one near miss in 40 years and that was on my parents driveway when I was a kid. A car was coming up and didn't see me but I saw him. I swing into the gravel turnout just as the car does the same thing. All very slow as I slid the bike under the front bumper but was able to stand up without a scratch. One bent pedal. The driver (a friend of my sister) said he always parks in the turnout because the trees lining the curving driveway freak him out. And I was to know this HOW?

Be reasonable but fight for what is right.
Brooks
That depends. What species are you? (nm)djg
Nov 18, 2002 7:25 AM