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I got tagged by a red light runner. Not a good thing.(51 posts)

I got tagged by a red light runner. Not a good thing.MB1
Jul 31, 2003 5:54 AM
Last Friday on my way to work I got run down by a car running a red light. I got hauled away in an ambulance, my new Ramboulliet was pretty badly damaged and this last week had been no fun at all.

I'm going to be ok, the Orthopedic Surgeon says I am likely to make a full recovery fairly soon. Miss M has been taking really good care of me (what a sweetheart).

Be careful out there.
MB1, that's terribleKristin
Jul 31, 2003 5:58 AM
I was beginning to wonder where you'd gone to. Too bad it wasn't some nice, exotic vacation, riding through the Alps. I hope you're well soon and back on the road. So what are you shopping for?
Thanks, I'm shopping for something nice for Miss M.MB1
Jul 31, 2003 9:03 AM
I have plenty of bikes but with all that she is doing for me it is probably time for new jewels.
Well aren't you sweetKristin
Jul 31, 2003 9:34 AM
Miss M has a very agreeable husband indeed. We should all be so blessed. Oh, and you left yourself way open with that jewels comment; but it wouldn't be appropriate for a lady to swing at that pitch. Heal quickly!
sorry to hear...seems like everyone getting hit these days(nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 31, 2003 5:59 AM
Sorry to hear about the incident. I wish you a speed recover....Juanmoretime
Jul 31, 2003 6:00 AM
and hope you access to many catalogs so you can start planning your next bike.
I didn't know DC had a right light district???biknben
Jul 31, 2003 6:03 AM
Glad to hear you're doing well. Is a new Ramby on the way? How was the scene? Were people there and cooperative? One of my biggest fears is having something bad happen in the middle of no where with no one around to assist.

Although Miss M is taking care of you, I doubt it's putting much of a dent in her mileage. I get the impression she see a compound fracture as a mere flesh wound. :-)
Nor do most drivers.MB1
Jul 31, 2003 10:05 AM
I did enough damage to the car to keep them from driving away. They were actually pretty nice and called the police and ambulance.

I am not sure what I am going to do about a new bike, sure was getting to like the Rambouillet though.

Miss M will likely ride a bit less since we like to spend time together. She plans to get up around 4:30 to ride 100 miles, will spend the afternoon together. If I was riding we would likely be doing 150 miles on Saturday and 100+ on Sunday.
Ouch, Glad you're OK. My buddy got hit Friday also...rwbadley
Jul 31, 2003 6:05 AM
Car turned in front of him. He made the trip to ER as well. He'll be Ok, but it's really an eye opener.

Speedy recovery

RW
Damn, that sucks!Len J
Jul 31, 2003 6:07 AM
Damn, that sucks! (Con't)Len J
Jul 31, 2003 6:10 AM
MB1:

Been there done that, sorry to hear thet.

How bad were the injuries? Hope you heal quick.

Heal quick. Do you think you will still be doing the fixie ride?

Let me know if you need any experienced advice in dealing with the Insurance.

Len
The fixte century is still on.MB1
Jul 31, 2003 9:10 AM
I have a cracked knee cap so it can't be bent for at least 3 weeks. There is likely to be some time after that to recover-Sept 28 could be a great date for my first century.

Miss M's sister is a lawyer so we are getting plenty of good advice.

I haven't seen the police report yet so I don't know about the drivers insurance. We have uninsured motorist coverage so we may have to use it.
Oh, nocyclopathic
Jul 31, 2003 6:16 AM
I hope you'd recover well. I had a brush on Mon coming down Martha Curtis in rain. To avoid light runner had hit brakes hard, wiped on steel plate and slid on side. Nothing serios just roadrush. Sorry for you and your bike. Get well soon
Glad you'll be okay, I wish you a speedy recovery. nmnoveread
Jul 31, 2003 6:18 AM
heal fast and get back on the horse ;-) nmDougSloan
Jul 31, 2003 6:18 AM
Hope you heal up wellkenyee
Jul 31, 2003 6:20 AM
I guess your next ride report will have pictures of the ambulance and hotel room and nurses? :-)

At least now you can get a full custom Rivendell w/ the ultra fancy lugs... ;-)

ken
Get well soon.Dropped
Jul 31, 2003 6:25 AM
Mondays aren't the same without your ride reports. Hope you heal up quick and get back on the bike. Oh, and I look forward to the "Just got the cast off -- only rode 125 miles this weekend" report.
OUCH!!!!Gregory Taylor
Jul 31, 2003 6:26 AM
Dang, that's scary....glad to hear that you're going be okay. Gotta love them drivers in the District! This just proves that bad stuff can happen to even the most experienced riders out there.

We saw Miss M out at Fort Hunt Park last Sunday morning, and now we know why she was riding solo. I was hoping that she would hop in with the Lardbutts!

Get better soon! The dudes at Team Lardbutt will be thinking about ya...
She mentioned that she saw you.MB1
Jul 31, 2003 10:21 AM
She got in around 200K. She said that she wouldn't mind riding with any one of you but the group is a bit faster than she wants to go in the middle of a long ride.
re: I got tagged by a red light runner. Not a good thing.Alpedhuez55
Jul 31, 2003 6:29 AM
When I was hit by a car I was on shock. I wanted to ride home even though I had a broken jaw, teeth, shoulder and a lot of cuts on my face. Luckily my chain was broken otherwise I don't know what could have happenned.

It is not fun. Just take care of yourself and make a quick recovery.

Mike Y.
Wow. Glad to hear you're OK.JL
Jul 31, 2003 6:30 AM
Here's to many more injury free miles after your recovery.

Get back out there soon.

John
Heal quickly!sn69
Jul 31, 2003 6:30 AM
Get well soon.Scot_Gore
Jul 31, 2003 6:34 AM
Have you already had the family bike trip this year ?

Hope your particpation is not in jepardy.

Again, get well, feel better and ride.

Scot
The family bike ride was 2 weeks ago.MB1
Jul 31, 2003 10:28 AM
Everyone loved the battlefields and I do have a report on it in the works.

I have several other ride reports that I never bothered posting-I'll get around to them soon.
Hope you get well soon.....PEDDLEFOOT
Jul 31, 2003 6:36 AM
...I'll be looking forward to your next ride report.Good luck.
Get well soon - Please!Alex-in-Evanston
Jul 31, 2003 6:41 AM
It's a Freudian thing. I feel very vulnerable without you on the roads.

All the best,

Alex
get well soontarwheel
Jul 31, 2003 6:41 AM
Sorry to hear about your accident. Happens to the best of us. I think about stuff like that every time I leave for a ride and my daughter says, "Be careful, Dad."
So sorry to hear about your accidentPaulCL
Jul 31, 2003 6:43 AM
I was just thinking the other day that I hadn't seen you posting recently.

Heal fast, get a new bike, be careful out there!
Get well, persevere with your case as I will with mine...Spunout
Jul 31, 2003 6:52 AM
I was clipped two weeks ago. Luckily, a following driver took the licence plate and met me up the road to give me information and be my witness.

I'm following this up to court, the next rider hit may not be as lucky to recover(I didn't go down) as I was.
Glad to hear you'll be o.k.djg
Jul 31, 2003 6:57 AM
Hope you're on the mend.
rest hard and get well soon. (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Jul 31, 2003 6:58 AM
You're an inspiration to many of usContinental
Jul 31, 2003 6:59 AM
I'm sure that the toughness you've developed during your many centuries will help you get through this challenge. Best wishes.
I was wondering if you guys were out of town.Mike P
Jul 31, 2003 7:00 AM
It had been a fews days with no MB1 posts. I hope you are doing well and everything heals fast.

Mike
the roads miss you. get well, get back, enjoy Miss M' attentiondzrider
Jul 31, 2003 7:04 AM
Make them pay...... Thru the nose.MR_GRUMPY
Jul 31, 2003 7:13 AM
Not only physical damage, but mental damage, too.
Best wishes and listen to the doctor . . .ms
Jul 31, 2003 7:22 AM
Not that listening to the doctor is easy to do. Other than my "lapse" in France, I have been off of the bike since my July 3 fall. I still have at least 5 weeks to go. I can ride on the trainer, but I cannot put any weight or pressure on my right arm. I have a great deal of sympathy for you.

When I fell, my bike had no damage except for ripped handle bar tape. One of my friends said that there seems to be an inverse relationship between the damage to the rider and the damage to the bike during a crash. So, I am hoping that the fact that the Ramboulliet was badly damaged means that you came out better than the bike.
I'm sorry, Mark. I also don't mean to be the voice of gloom andbill
Jul 31, 2003 7:29 AM
doom, but we old folks don't always heal according to plan, so, take it easy. I'm also curious as to who's your doctor, if you care to tell me? Some doctors are less sympathetic to injuries that they can't see on x-ray than others -- orthopedics are fairly notorious on that score, with the notable exception of butchers who want to cut you for little reason. My preference for these kinds of injuries are physiatrists, or physical medicine and pain rehabilitation specialists, who have a more global approach to traumatic injuries.
Naproxen is a good drug. Vioxx; there are others.
I started out with a staff doc at Georgetown University.MB1
Jul 31, 2003 11:23 AM
I wasn't impressed so I am going to Miss M's Orthopod Vincent Desiderio (who I understand is a runner) tomorrow. She likes him so we'll see.

Pain hasn't been an issue so far so Motrin is all I have taken.

Now, where do I find a good lawyer to help me sue Georgetown University (the accident was on their property-the stop sign for the cars was and still is completly obscured by foliage).
You could try Bill.djg
Jul 31, 2003 4:27 PM
Seriously. I've sent him a person or two.
You could try Bill.djg
Jul 31, 2003 4:29 PM
Bill dude--sorry if the posted referral is embarrasing. Typing and eating a sub at the same time use up all my critical faculties.
Hope to see you back on your bikes, soon.Humma Hah
Jul 31, 2003 7:37 AM
My wife keeps telling me about the horrid drivers in DC, who push thru pedestrian crosswalks when the WALK light is on. All she can do is get out of the way and stare angrily.

I guess the Texas right-of-way law prevails? The larger vehicle has the right-of-way?
Glad to hear you'll be OK. Looking forward to next ride report.Uprwstsdr
Jul 31, 2003 7:46 AM
wishing you a speedy recovery MB1gregg
Jul 31, 2003 8:04 AM
I, too, thought perhaps you were on vacation or something. It's been more than two weeks since I've put one of your ride reports up at the top, I knew something wasn't right!

Heal fast, MB1, we all miss your great Ride Reports!

-gregg
All the best mateNigeyy
Jul 31, 2003 8:17 AM
Wishing you a speedy recovery. Good luck mate.

I rode into work yesterday and nearly got hit no less than three (yes, three f**king times). One time was by a driver who decided he didn't have to stop at a stop sign like everyone else did -you've got to have eyes 360' around your head! An old woman decides to turn into me another time as I'm going by a school entrance (luckily she stopped) and lastly -my personal favourite -a woman in a black VW Jetta decides it doesn't matter if I'm going straight at a junction along a main road, she wants to overtake me and take a right immediately. A**holes.

Massachusetts drivers inhale causing a vacuum big time, passing a drivers test in this state is laughable. People generally are nice here but they turn into inattentive idiots when you give them a vehicle. They just don't seem to get things like rules, responsibility or the fact you can hurt someone.

Aargh, but I digress and I'm rambling. Best of luck mate.
Glad your going to be o.k. Ride defensively..n.m.koala
Jul 31, 2003 8:18 AM
Glad you're doing Ok, MB1, hang in there man!! nmBike Fool
Jul 31, 2003 8:29 AM
DC Trafficpmf1
Jul 31, 2003 8:35 AM
Always watch the cars, not the lights.

I've seen countless tourists almost get mowed over when the WALK light comes on and a car cruises through a second or two later. DC residents seem to think red light running is their God given right. The cops do nothing to discourage it.

Hope you get better soon MB1. There's nothing like getting hit by a car (had it happen a few years ago) to make you change your riding habits in town.
Hope you're back out there soon!!bent_spoke
Jul 31, 2003 8:57 AM
re: I got tagged by a red light runner. Not a good thing.aliensporebomb
Jul 31, 2003 11:25 AM
Sorry to hear about getting hit (I've been hit myself,
twice now) and even sorrier to hear about the loss of
the bike.

Here's hoping your back to riding on something new and
shiny soon.

With Miss M's care you should be back on a bike in no-time.

My friend Amy broke her kneecap in a mountain bike accident
and she has been on crutches for eight weeks but needed no
surgery. Let's hope your ordeal will be less severe..
Glad to hear you'll heal soon...The Walrus
Jul 31, 2003 11:27 AM
...just wish it hadn't happened to you in the first place. Really miss your great ride reports, and look forward to seeing 'em again. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery.
I tagged a red light runner...no fun eitherGreenFan
Jul 31, 2003 4:33 PM
He ran a red light in front of me and then stopped in the middle of the intersection, looking at me like a deer in the headlights...I didn't even have time to cuss, afterwards my puter told me I had been going 32mph before I tagged his rear quarter panel and took a dive over his trunk. Six weeks and one broken rib later, I'm starting to get back to a decent level of fitness...sigh. At least there is a silver lining, I took the oppurtunity to learn how to rebuild my front wheel and now have the confidence to build a few more.