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Another accident... do these come in 3's?(5 posts)

Another accident... do these come in 3's?CritLover
Aug 4, 2003 4:40 PM
After searching through the boards last week, I finally found some riding routes that were given here a while back for climbing in eastern PA/Poconos. I was invited to stay at a friend's house for a few days and there was nothing else to do but ride, ride, ride! Ah, finally I had the much needed break from my research!

We arrived on Wednesday and took a two hour recon ride, later planning the mother of all rides for Thursday. I was extremely excited, 1. since I had finally got everything working on my Polar 720 and now I could see how poor a climber I am, and 2. my friend the mt goat was tired and I had a chance of keeping up with him!

I can't recall the exact route I had planned (my friend gets lost in Walmart), but it was somewhere north of Stroudsberg on Rt 191 where the ride and my trip came to a close. Coming around a bit of a blind turn with a short descent, we came to what appeared to be a fork in the road. Rt 191 continued and Rt 447 cut off to the right. I signaled to my partner that we were going towards the road on the left, and he says he also signaled. I remember hearing the car engine coming from behind as I entered into the intersection, but I saw nothing of it before it hit me.

Laying on the floor I was able to quickly assess the damage, let's see... legs not broken, fingers still attached, helmet on head - I'm good. My friend jumps off and starts to yell at the car like a maniac (remember, we're from Brooklyn), until he realizes it's a woman and then he calms down (slightly). I could care less right now, I;m more concerned with the fact that I'm laying in the middle of an intersection and there are trucks whizzing by.

It's interesting what goes through your mind while lying on the floor. Hmmm, is that my powerbar 25 feet up the road (I hope I get that back). Wow, lucky I didn't skid in the patch of gravel right 10 feet away. Hey, what's that big ant doing near my leg... ouch! Mother f#@ker! Where's my bike, oh God no, how bad is the damage? Wow, the sun sure gets hot on black lycra shorts. And FYI, using a Giro Pneumo for a pillow is a bad idea.

After I got to the ER, the first set of xrays they found what looked like a bone chip near my pelvic bone. Luckily, after an MRI, they said it was just some calcium deposits or something. Whew, for a second there we were talking about hip surgery- pretty scary! Later back in the house that night I came down with a severe headache, dizziness, and nausea. I was falling into walls and the room was spinning, but it was weird since there was no whiskey invloved. The hospital had screwed up and released me without xrays of my head, neck and back so I called the ER and they said I should go back. Great, back to the hospital at 11:30 PM.

Bottom line, everything came out fine, but now I have to deal with the insurance company for the damages on my bike, helmet, equipment, etc. At least I'll get new training wheels out of the deal. I think Zipp's would be good- hahaha. Wait 'til they here it's a $2500 frame! This should be fun.

Should my insurance be dealing with her insurance on the bike repair/replacement or should I?

To those recently hurt- heal quickly! And be careful, there's plenty more nutbags out there driving cars than riding bikes.
ouch...time for rearview mirror?kenyee
Aug 4, 2003 5:26 PM
Would it have even helped? :-P

Glad to hear you're ok. Take it easy for a while until the dizziness goes away...

mirrors cramp my styleCritLover
Aug 4, 2003 6:18 PM
besides it wouldn't have helped a bit. It was a blind turn.

I heard the car coming, seeing it would've been worse.
Heal fast, and get back on! nmMike P
Aug 5, 2003 3:22 AM
At least you have a chance of getting a new bike out of it!Sprint-Nick
Aug 5, 2003 12:27 PM
Sorry to hear about your accident and I hope things heal quickly. Like in other posts on this depending on the extent of damage to your bike if theres any reasons such as frame alignment, severe scrapage, wheels busted, etc. that you can get an entire new bike out of the deal go that route. Insurance companies hate having to replace a bit of bartape, a scraped shift lever cap, wheels, and all the odds and ends. Then since you ripped your clothes and probably wrecked your helmet you should get this stuff new as well.

Finally remember they may be willing to pay you something for your injuries as well. A concussion could have reprecussions down the road and then being all scraped up isn't fun even for a new bike. Its not a way to milk money but you did go through something you obviously otherwise shouldn't have had so see what options are open if its blatantly the ladies fault.

Good luck and once again I hope you have a speedy recovery!