So I had a car take out my rear wheel yesterday, I performed at least one marvelous cartwheel, slid a couple of metres down the road and swore really quite loudly in front of children (oops).
I had a terribly exciting ride in an ambulance and spent the hours 9-1 in a hospital. A couple of stitches and a crap load of bandages later they sent me home.
Isabella, my much loved and obsessed over Pinarello, in in a couple of pieces.
So what have I taken from this.
1) The brand new cygolite 250 apparently bestows the power of invisibility to me.
2) After the initial "oh for f's sake" period wore off I felt really sorry for the driver who seemed really shaken.
3) I'm a little annoyed at myself for feeling sorry for someone that ran me over.
4) SAPOLs representative was awesome, even looking after my bike for me, and dropping it off to the hospital a couple of hours later, I've written to the Commissioner commending him.
5) The cyclist who helped me was awesome - thanks mate!
6) The car driver who's children i swore in front of as she tried to help me was awesome - thanks and sorry I swore so much (but it really, really hurt).
7) It could have been much worse, my helmet has a mighty crack in the foam.
8) There will be a another Amy's next year.
9) Hug your kids and your significant other right now, you never know what's going to happen.
10) My bike, my beautiful bike!
There wasn't going to be an 11, but 11) blood stained lycra looks awesome, but it's not a fashion tip I'd advise.
David do you work in the building on the top of the hill next to the function centre?
Hi David glad to hear you're ok that's the main thing. I had a cyclists many years ago come shooting out of his steep driveway straight into my 4 days old new car into my bonnet up into my windscreen, it was horrible and you don't know what shock does to you, I couldn't hear a thing apart from my pulse and I was frozen. My view was blocked by a parked 4wd and so was the cyclists. Hope all the insurance works out for you and get well soon.
I went through pretty much the same thing about 5 weeks ago. Got hit coming through a round about on the way home from work by a car that failed to see me and give way. He had basically stopped at the round about so I thought he had seen me so I proceeded into the round about only to watch him accelerate and then my to fly off his bonnet and onto the road. The poor guy was about 72 years old driving very carefully on the way back from seeing his wife in hospital. I think in some ways he came out of it worse than me as he was really quite shaken up. Apparently the same thing happened to his son previously. Sounds like we were both pretty lucky and at the end of the day we both get to go home which is really the most important thing.
As for replacing your bike, the easiest thing to do is to make a claim through your home and contents insurance if it covers the bike. Make sure you give them the accident report and a copy of the driver's insurance company. They should cover your claim and then recover the money from the car insurance provider. There should also therefore be no excess to you and no impact on your insurance NCB etc.
To speed things up it would be worth while getting two quotes now for the bike (don't forget to include any clothing or accessories that were damaged) and then send them to the insurance company. They will ask for them so best to do it upfront.
I have added under the group Look For Cyclists some links to cycling incidents reported on AC.
An invite to join this group and post incidents and your own experiences.