An abrupt pause to my training schedule.  I had an accident with a car this morning.  I was on my normal commute to work, riding along Commercial Road at Salisbury.  Because of road works the traffic wasn't moving.  There is no bike lane until near the railway crossing but there was a safe couple of meters along the left all the way along.  Just before where the bike lane starts the traffic started moving again but a van didn't move to let a commodore cross into a driveway.  The van compromised both my view of the car and the driver's view of me, and the driver just turned in front of me.  I hit his passenger front-side, landed head-first, commando rolled to a stop, and sat there a bit dazed and confused with a sudden head-ache.

My helmet saved my life today (or at least prevented me becoming a vegetable).  Its cracked right through behind the crumpled plastic.

I'm OK (just sore/stiff and scraped knees).  I'm very worried about my bike - didn't get a good look but she didn't look very happy with handlebars pointed the wrong way and what appeared to be a large whole between the head tube and the down tube.  Some work colleagues are looking after her now.

Thanks to the ambos and the nurses at the Lyell Mac - they were awesome.  Thanks also to my work colleagues who stopped to help out.

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Comment by Barry Norsworthy on December 12, 2011 at 14:08

Thank goodness you are OK Darren, it just shows how careful everyone has to be. I note how worried you are about your bike !!!! A true bike rider !!!! Hope to catch up with you on Ansteys or at Gawler Wheelers one day.

Comment by Gillian on December 12, 2011 at 14:09

Glad you're not too badly hurt Darren. Bike doesn't sound great though. Take it easy for a few days in case more symptoms develop. I guess we'll add you to the pro-helmet list permanently.

Unfortunately your prang is one of those bad luck scenarios - wrong place at the wrong time.

You could probably still do the proposed Sunday trainig  route by foot - and still beat me ;-)

Comment by Darren on December 12, 2011 at 14:19

@Barry -  I am really worried for her...  I've only had her 10 weeks we've done about 1400km together.  I'll post pics when she makes it home - I hope the damage was superficial.

@Gillian - Yep, wrong place wrong time.  And +1 for helmets.  Seriously, I feel like I'm in a fog at the moment. I can't imagine my state right now if I'd been without a helmet.

Comment by Gus on December 12, 2011 at 14:26

This is terrible. I am so sorry to heard this. I actually saw Con Nakos tweet that he'd seen an accident this morning and like always I hope it was not a member.

By the way you wore the same helmet I have.

This is the second accident I've heard about today. The other was on Saturday on the descent of Old Norton Summit Rd where the rider went over the barrier and is in a bad way but being looked after.

Stay safe everyone so close to Christmas.

Comment by Kara T on December 12, 2011 at 14:56

Ah the old gap in traffic trick. Drivers think they are being nice to fellow drivers by letting them in, but the cyclist always comes off second best. I hope you recover ok, take it easy. Poor old bike doesn't sound too good though, make sure it get properly checked out.

Comment by Con Nakos on December 12, 2011 at 15:14

Glad to hear your not too bad. I was driving past just as they were putting you in the ambulance. I did see you had your arm up at that time so you were conscious. Hopefully back on the bike soon. I know at least 5 people this year who would have been saved by theie helmet.

Comment by heather on December 12, 2011 at 16:41

darren, sorry about the collision and your bike.   however, sounds like your injuries could have been worse and, easier to replace a bike than you.   do understand you grieving for your new bike.   sometimes a collision and the sudden changes can appear surreal.

con, you can add to your list me, whose helmet prevented serious injuries in october.

Comment by Shari Xan on December 12, 2011 at 18:19

This is why I feel better riding on bike tracks unless I'm on side streets.

If you can't pass a cyclist safely, just wait, then go around.

Very Glad you are alright

Comment by Brett G-R on December 12, 2011 at 18:24

Darren, sorry to hear about your accident. Hope you have a speedy recovery, from experience of having a bike accident involving the head, keep a look out for symtoms that may appear insignificant e.g. slight headaches etc. they may appear minor now but can esculate into major problems later in life. If i had payed more attention earlier i may not be suffering now. Pls get checked out if you experience any thing out of the ordinary, even thou u may have been given a clean bill of health now.

Like u my TDU is on hold & struggling to get fitness back in time to participate, frustrating after putting in a reasonable amount of climbing this year.  I passed a female cyclist heading up to the bollards last week and her helmet was strapped to her handlebars, doesnt make sense to me, its there to protect u, and funny enough i think i like the look of a cyclist with a helmet than one not wearing one.

Take care

Comment by Darren on December 12, 2011 at 21:52

Thanks all.  My head is feeling better after a nap this arvo, stiffening up nicely already.

I still haven't seen the bike, but got word tonight that my worst fears may be true.

Can anyone provide advice on process for insurance - I'll have the driver's details tomorrow and not really sure how to proceed from there.

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