Not good. hope you are ok, and exchanged details with the other driver. It may be worthwhile to visit a doctor in a few days so that injuries are recorded, in case of future need. Dont forget to report to police AND get an incident report number.
43 Km/hr it just makes me feel old and slow.
I hope you have reasonable outcome.
> obviously didn't see me
didn't check properly
how soon drivers forget:
3 (head) check...
only then begin to move the car out of your lane. Because of my brain operation, I had to go through almost the entire rigmarole of the licensing procedure to prove to the doctors that I hadn't lost my faculties regarding driving. I am 34, I was shocked at how rusty my knowledge of the road laws and just how rusty my driving abilities had gotten. I am very much of the opinion that you shouldn't get handed a licence for life at 19. the road laws change, peoples minds change, you should have to re-qual at regular intervals(10 yrs?)as a pilot does IMO.re-qualling has made me a safer driver I feel. of course being a cyclist I am always looking extra hard for other cyclists if cycling isn't in your mindset it is amazing how we just blend in to the background for a lot of tin toppers:(
Kasey, I agree that drivers should sit a knowledge test and driving test every 10 years when they renew their licence. Also medical exam. I wrote this to the govt in a 1999 submission on driving licensing and in a 2011 submission on Towards Zero Together. Would be surprised if it ever happens because politicians would view it as unpopular.
Hear of elderly drivers who desperately hang on to their licence when they are past driving safely. Have just renewed my licence and this time questions of "do you have diabetes" (know several drivers with it) and "do you have a health condition for which you take medication". A very tiny step in the right direction, but fudging will be common.
Er - isnt it mirror - signal - final check in that order? :)
I knew as soon as I wrote iot down I would c*ck it up:( Lucky I wrote doing the training again made me a better driver not a perfect one:) the important thing in the pre lane change list is to check your bloody blind spot. We've all heard the "Sorry mate, I just didn't see you" from an idiot 'tin-topper'. Well, its hard to see cyclists when you think you're Luke Skywalker in Star Wars attacking the Death Star and you only focus on the trench in front of you. I am sick of bike+ car collisions being called accidents. It is very rarely a true accident. It is 9/10 times poor skills from one or both parties, usually the car driver not bothering to check his/her blind spot.
Kasey, I use the word collision in the vain hope that others will start to realise that they are not accidents. Wish the media would get the wording correct. So that drivers might acknowledge that most collisions can be avoided if both parties follow the road rules, drive for the conditions, no distractions from electronic gear, plus consideration for other road users.
Following my collision I started calling it an accident too, and treated it as exactly that - an unavoidable coming together of car and bicycle. The more I thought about it (and particularly when I realised the driver's complete lack of empathy) my thinking about the whole event changed.
Hope you're OK, and hope you're back on the bike soon. Did you actually make contact or were you taking evasive action to avoid a collision?
BTW, my Endomondo track showed something similar, though I have a complete track of the ambulance route to the local hospital. ;-)
My thoughts are with you. Hope you heal up OK and soon!
A cyclist's worst nightmare! *shudder*