I was afraid of this happening...I got hit!...A story with a twist

**There is a twist....Read all to see**

 

Well I have worried about this moment for a while and recently taken steps to try and mitigate it happening, however yesterday afternoon I was hit by a car whilst taking my long way home.

 

Don't worry the bikes OK....Oh, and yes I'm OK too, although a little pee'ed off and kinda shocked by the whole thing.

 

I was riding down Grand Junction Rd. I was in Otterway/Rosewater and there is a Foodland opposite the Otterway Girls and Boys club. I know the area well as I grew up in Rosewater and this was my stomping ground as a kid.

 

Just passing the Foodland when a lady in a blue Commodore (you know who you are) remembered that she needed last minute groceries and pulled into the carpark, without indicating, just as she drove past me.

 

Not really sure of how I got away with this, but I think I had my fingers on the brakes and must have been decelerating as I turned to try and miss her. This meant I basically slammed into her car on an angle and kinda bounced off with my arm, elbow and pedal.

 

I slid down the side of the car and struggled to get out of the pedals as I was heading to the ground. She slowed, looked back, I saw her mouth "Oh Sh$t", then sped as fast as she could though the car park and away.

 

I wasn't sure how damaged me or the bike was but the first thing that came into my head was to follow and get details...Which I did. The coward drove off.

 

I got off. Assessed the body and bike and couldn't believe all was OK (other than a really sore elbow). Adrenalin pumping I made a note of the details in my phone and pushed on.

 

I've ummed and arred about whether to report to police. Nothing damaged other than her car (I would imagine) so figured they wouldn't give two hoots.

 

Funny thing about Adelaide Cyclist...The next thing I thought about....Adrenaline pumping, elbow throbbing, when can I blog about this....

 

Something came to me as I cycled off down Grand Junction to Military Rd......When I was about 13 I got my first 10 speed bike. I loved this bike as I could go a lot faster than my BMX.

 

One day whilst riding to a friends place I was hit by a car and flung onto the road and the bike went under the car and was mashed. I was pretty shaken up, the bike was mush but the driver had the decency to take me home and explain to my dad............It was in exactly the same spot I got hit last night! Driveway going into/out of Foodland at Otterway.

 

not sure what that means....But its freakin me out.

 

 

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Comment by heather on April 1, 2011 at 16:06

Darren, glad you are OK.

Please report to the police so that SAPOL know, and the road stats indicate, what cyclists contend with. Negligent drivers should be educated, eg through the hip pocket, and cowardly hit-run drivers should be . . . Before they repeat their negligent driving and injure or kill another cyclist. Laws have been toughened re hit-run since the McGee case. So I hope the driver gets a shock from the police, after you got a shock from her driving.

It sounds like you got the details and rego number. Otherwise encourage the police to enquire with crash repairers re a possibly damaged blue Commodore. I know that police and insurance companies will sometimes do this. (When I have been hit, bicycles damaged but no damage to motor vehicles.) There could also be private security cameras in the shopping centre, or DTEI cameras at nearby traffic lights that recorded the vehicle. Would need to follow this up quickly while video still available. If the cameras unable to record the rego, would still indicate a blue Commodore to support your story.

Another reason to report the hit-run is to financially protect yourself, in case of a future claim against the driver or third party insurance. Vulnerable cyclists are prone to whip-lash and back injuries when forced to a sudden halt against a vehicle. I know from personal experience. One can initially feel shaken up and sore, with cuts, grazes and bruising. Then a week later realise that the discomfort and soreness have not gone, and need a medical appointment, x-rays and scans to confirm the hidden injuries. Best to report a collision within 24 hours, and 2 hours if a person injured or worse.

Darren, I invite you to join the new AC group of Look For Cyclists that is collating hints and help for cyclists who experience collisions or near-misses. Would also appreciate some posted comments from you.

Comment by heather on April 1, 2011 at 16:40

Darren, note the Geoff agrees with me re reporting the hit-run, plus covering your bases re potential injury requiring a claim.

I have added a link to this blog on group Look For Cyclists under discussion Collisions.

Comment by Peter Jenkin on April 1, 2011 at 16:51

Leaving the scene of an accident you have been involved in (paraphrasing) is an offence.

Report it ASAP. Who knows why she took off. Just scared or perhaps she is a serial offender.

Glad to hear you (and the bike) are OK.

Comment by Caroline Cuthbert on April 1, 2011 at 17:08
Glad you are ok :o)  Don't let it freak you out.  If you travel that area alot and have done since you were a kid you are more likely to have an accident in that area than in other places.  Statistical probabliity rather than the supernatural at work I think :o)
Comment by Andrew Watts on April 1, 2011 at 19:26

For mine, It's great you are ok and its good that the bike is ok. Can't help but think of Ian Humphrey though. His hit and run killer is apparently still at large, even though we know who he is.

Comment by Steven Orr on April 1, 2011 at 19:41

Bloody oath report the bastard, and see your doctor about the elbow too, if you tell the doc you reported it to SAPOL and the MAC the Doc should send the bill direct to the MAC!

Then get on the phone to the MAC(motor registration bodily injury insurer) and let them know what details you have, because should you need to make a claim for any medical the MAC is the body that has to pay via Allianz insurance.

Do this, you may ride happily ever after, but you may have pain or problems later and then need to claim..

Stupid motorists that don't look then don't care! Driving off is a serious offence regardless of you being injured or not!

Comment by Darren B on April 2, 2011 at 10:40

Thanks for ll the comments guys. I've pulled up OK and carried on with the training with no lingering soreness.

It's not going to stop me riding. Hell i don't think I get on the bike enough as it is.

I have ordered a hi-viz, water proof backpack cover and a few new lights for my birthday.

I had wanted to write about near misses and my fear of being cleaned up but I have this crazy superstition about jinxing myself.

The fact is I do think about it occasionally (particularly when buses pass you half in the bike lane), but try not to let it ruin the experience.

 

Thanks again!

Comment by heather on April 2, 2011 at 22:20
Darren, the waterproof backpack cover sounds interesting. Would you please provide some details?
Comment by Clive Palfrey on April 2, 2011 at 22:44
Darren, the reason the driver didn't see you is because she didn't look, not because of what you were or were not wearing.
Comment by heather on April 2, 2011 at 22:59

Clive is right. One evening a driver ran a red light when I was 3/4 across the 4-lane road, and just missed me. A cool evening, so I was dressed in yellow rain jacket and pants, wearing a hi-vis on top of the jacket, and many lights and reflective strips. That said, I make myself as visible as possible, in case that makes the difference with the next driver.

Darren, perhaps you would like to join the new AC group of Look For Cyclists and comment. I have set up some suggested discussions with some links.

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