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Bike meets car - but I'm fine!

Thursday, April 04, 2013

I was about halfway home on my bicycle on Tuesday evening when, waiting behind two cars at a stoplight, I was rear-ended by another car! I had no idea what was happening at first! I just remember being crashed into from behind and sort of gasping and flailing before I instinctively somehow braced from falling. Then I whirled around to see this guy's front end smooshed into my back tire.

Of course, my instinct was to yell, "What the hell are you doing?" The guy, in his defense, did look rather shocked and said "I didn't see you at all!" Seems impossible, right?!? But we were traveling westbound at around 6:15 p.m., and the sun actually was incredibly bright.

Sigh. So I am more sore now on day 2 than I was yesterday, the next day, but miraculously and thankfully, I am not at all seriously injured. It did, however, ramp up my already chronic back pain and perhaps set off a bit of a fibro flare. Still, I am thankful. Obviously, it could have been SO much worse!

Also, my beloved Specialized fared surprisingly well! I thought for sure it was wrecked at first, and I was just devastated...again. (Some of you will recall my Giant was crushed in the street by some psycho about two years ago!) But the frame is intact, and my wonderful husband brought it to our local bike shop while I was at work yesterday, and they are replacing the back wheel and brakes and such that got jammed, for a very reasonable price. (Thanks so much to Owen and Clare at Blue City! You guys rock and we're so glad to have you in the 'hood!)

So far the driver is being very cooperative. He said he'll pay for my bike repairs, he was apologetic and even offered to give me a ride somewhere. I declined of course LOL and instead took all the groceries I'd just bought out of my pannier bags and jumped on a bus. Hopefully he'll follow through without it having to get all legal and ugly. But again, I'm grateful that, either way, I can fairly easily afford the repairs so I can get back on the road!

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  • KLONG8
    That would be SO scary. Thank goodness it wasn't worse but still. A bike/car accident is not a fair fight. Hope the drivercomes through.
    1710 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/16/2013 5:40:24 PM
    Wow! SAw your update and had to find out more. So sorry you had to go thru this, but glad you're okay. Sorta.

    Take care.
    : )
    1734 days ago
    Holy smokes, that is the 2nd biker run over by a car story I have read about here today! Hope you and your bike fully recover. Be careful out there!
    1788 days ago
    Whew! Sorry so late to your bad news! But relieved to hear you fared relatively well...other than I'm sure you were shaken for a bit!

    1788 days ago
    holy smokes Angie ..... glad you weren't seriously hurt and that the driver is paying for your bike repairs.

    now that it's 10 days later, are you feeling OK?

    1834 days ago
    Thank God you weren't killed!!!! I hope this man learned a lesson and that he pays attention from now on. I'm also relieved your bike wasn't destroyed and this guy better fix it!!!
    1839 days ago
    Glad you are OK!!!
    1842 days ago
  • CHERRY666
    Yikes! I'm glad you're okay and that the bike wasn't totally ruined. That's great the guy is being so cooperative. I hope the the back pain and fibro flare up subside soon, though. Ouch.
    1843 days ago
    I really am thankful you are okay and I do hope the man comes through and makes good. We had a similar incident with our son a few years ago and the wife of the man who hit our son (smashing the side mirror of his truck off our son's back while passing him) called complaining about the cost of bike repairs! Probably should have called the troopers and made out a report, but we were trying to be "nice"
    Anyway...drivers need to be much more aware of bikes, runners, and even us horseback riders!
    1843 days ago
    Oh nooooooooo!!! Not again!
    Poor you. Poor bike. Glad to hear it was fixed and for cheap. I hope the driver that hit you makes good on his offer.
    Sending you lots of emoticon and I'm so glad to hear that you are (mostly) okay.
    1844 days ago
    I'm glad you're OK too!!! Sadly, after hearing stories like yours, and many even worse than yours, I pretty much refuse to ride my bike on the roads unless there's a bike lane. There are not many cities that are bike friendly yet.

    It's pretty hard to be a defensive bike rider when it's coming at you from behind!!

    I realize that my decision was probably extreme, so all I can say is take care of yourself and be safe.
    1844 days ago
    I'm glad you're ok and the bike isn't completely destroyed
    1844 days ago
    So sorry to hear you got hit by a car. That's really scary. Good to know you're okay though. I know how fibro can flare up after something like that. emoticon
    1844 days ago
  • CDCSMITH2013
    Wow, glad you are okay. Hope the guy follows through.
    1844 days ago
    Dude, I am so glad you're ok. I am petrified of being hit by an idiot like that. Mostly because if I had any strength when I got off the ground, I might be charged with battery. :) Hope everything turns out with the bike and repairs. I haven't started biking again but might try to go on a short trek Saturday. Come on Spring!
    1844 days ago
  • DEE797
    OMG!! So glad you weren't hurt. Do hope he follows through with paying for your bike repairs. HUGS!!
    1844 days ago
  • LADYJ6942
    Ouch, I've had that happen but I was hit on the side. Glad you are recovering and the bike is in good shape. Good luck.
    1844 days ago
    Omgosh Angie! You are so lucky you didn't get gurt!! Sorry about your bike. I hope he follows thru and pays for the repairs.

    1844 days ago
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