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I Got Hit By A Car Today (long)(10 posts)

I Got Hit By A Car Today (long)Roadrunner25
Dec 21, 2002 1:42 PM
...and i wasn't even on my bike.

I was walking through the Mall parking lot down an aisle and some lady backs out just as I am directly behind her. I briefly am lifted off the ground and I fall onto the trunk lid. I wear a huge gold ring on my right hand and it made a loud thunk as my hand came down. She stops and gets out and believe it or not the first words out of her mouth were "I hope you didn't damage my car!" She began scanning across the surface of her trunk and said "I think you dented it, I want your name and address!"

I started laughing and started walking towards the Mall. She pulls up and rolls her window down. She has her cellphone in her hand and says "Stop or I'm calling the cops!"

So then I break into a sprint and cut over one aisle. She guns her car and follows me. I zig zag to the next aisle and she follows me again.

But on her rapid maneuver to catch me on the next aisle, she scrapes he car along a concrete filled steel post.

I stop and wave and run off to the Mall!

When I got home, I discovered I got a deep thigh bruise, never felt it.
re: I Got Hit By A Car Today (long)mike r
Dec 21, 2002 2:11 PM
should have called the cops yourself and charged her with dangerous driving, then sue her for the bruise and mental trauma :)
re: I Got Hit By A Car Today (long)The Human G-Nome
Dec 21, 2002 2:21 PM
why in the world were you running? she hit you, remember? i would have told her "go ahead and call the cops.... i could use a couple of 100 extra gees".
re: I Got Hit By A Car Today (long)Roadrunner25
Dec 21, 2002 2:56 PM
Why did I run? I was playing with her!

I didn't have time to call the cops, here they would have done nothing.
re: I Got Hit By A Car Today (long)crna
Dec 22, 2002 8:15 AM
why call the cops, she's twice as frustrated by the fact that you got away, and she probably called them herself and should have at least gotten laughed by the men in blue further adding to her sense of chagrin
Anytime someone is backing their car, they must yieldTig
Dec 21, 2002 2:21 PM
When backing up drivers are required to yield to all traffic, including pedestrians. You should have told her as much since it was 100% her responsibility. By running, it makes you look guilty of something. If a cop later grabbed you, you'd have a tougher time explaining your way out of a situation that wasn't even your fault. I'd have more fun making the witch squirm when a cop showed up and she found out how stupid her actions and attitude made her look!
Agree, Insurance Cos and cops find a car backing up at fault 99%teamsloppy
Dec 22, 2002 2:17 AM
Insurance companies and cops almost always site the driver in reverse at fault. Even if you were a car, you would have the benefit of the doubt (if there were no other impartial witnesses) as soon as she mentioned she was backing up. An impartial witness is someone unknown to you and her (no passengers in your car). You should have hung around. Well, that's youth or naivete.

I ride almost daily to work and have almost weekly death experiences including walking to the store at lunch. Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I couldn't get out of the way and ended up dead, who would pursue the driver. Most death experiences are by women drivers (What's the deal there?). I have confronted a few of them and they all have the attitude that I was "not supposed to be there".

Next time, they are in reverse and they hit you. Hang around, with the knowledge that the dent in the hood is their fault and any damage to you is their fault, if they are in reverse.

If there is a lawyer you can ask, may be you can still pursue this one for the bruising, pain and complications. There are the yellow pages and TV to consult. Most injury lawyers will have a paralegal talk to you for free and call you if they think you have a claim. Injury lawyers will usually take the claim on a contingency. Maybe you ran to prevent her from hitting you again or running you down.
You shouldn't have run away....PdxMark
Dec 21, 2002 3:35 PM
It makes it look like you purposely slammed your hand on her car... not that she hit you. Assuming she follows through and calls the police, there will now be a report of a runaway vandal who happens to look like you. Congratulations.
Exactly what I was thinkingkenyee
Dec 21, 2002 4:16 PM
Now, you're the evil one instead of her. She'll be telling stories to her friends that some nut smacked/dented her trunk in the parking lot. She'll even think she was *right* for trying to hunt you down. :-P

She could have been charged w/ driving wrecklessly (felony in some states) and assault w/ a dangerous weapon (definite felony in most states) and it would have been nice to force her to go to driving school to try to get the points off her license :-)

These are the same kind of people (oblivious, not necessarily female) that run down cyclists and cars while they do other stuff in the car (eat, phone, makeup, shave, whatever)...
biting tongueDuane Gran
Dec 23, 2002 5:53 AM
Trust me, I'm sugarcoating it when I say that you did a stupid thing by running away. Sure, she acted like a materialist by being foremost concerned with her car (Merry Christmas anyone?) but you escalated the anger in the situation with your actions. Fortunately you weren't hurt, but accidents happen and when they do it is everyone's responsibility to stay at the scene of the accident. I'm glad you weren't hurt.

What if you were hurt and bleeding on the ground? Would you like it she had fled the scene of the accident?