Bike Accident



jitteringjr

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There I was on a beautiful Sunday afternoon bike ride. I was traveling about 30mph going slightly downhill when this Mexican dude in his car pulls out of the driveway of an apartment complex without stopping to look for traffic to make a right turn in the direction of traffic that I was heading. He pulls out and slams right into the side of my bike. I go flying though the air and performed a 30mph asphalt face plant and three or four “Carly Patterson’s” along the road.

It gets better. The guy completes his turn and accelerates down the road where I am now still rolling to a stop and hits me again. My shoulder gets caught on his front bumper and he pushes me down the road. With my head now under the bumper, I can hear the engine RPM’s increasing as the guy is still accelerating. Finally, I somehow get thrown clear of the car and he steers hard right to avoid me and destroys a double layer brick wall about 15 feet from the side of the wall. As I was lying there, I looked up and saw him take out the wall and it looked to me like he never hit the brakes and actually accelerated into the wall.

I could have sworn my arm was broken because I could not tell were it was until I felt it with my other hand. I thought my contact had popped out of my eye because I could feel something flapping on my face. It turned to be a piece of skin just barely attached as I grabbed at it on my face. The ambulance arrived and the paramedics quickly put a neck brace on me to prevent any spinal injuries. A trip to the ER, a bunch of X-rays and about 30 stitches in my face later, they let me go home with some serious pain meds.

It has now been about 2 weeks since the accident and the wounds are healing quite well. I still have significant nerve damage in my left arm as it feels like I hit my funny bone in my elbow with a constant tingling feeling, but the orthopedic specialist thinks that I will have a full recovery. It will take some time before I am back to 100% but it is getting better. It is a good thing I was wearing my Giro helmet because I didn’t sustain any head traumas, but the helmet was cracked up a good amount. It was a miracle that I didn’t break any bones.

Here are some pictures of the aftermath:
My face after the 30 stiches.
My bike with the left side chain and seat stays torn off.
The brick wall the guy hit after he hit me twice.
 
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MattLarson

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Yikes!!!! Glad to hear you are doing OK and are expected to recover.

Make sure you consult legal counsel to make sure your rights are protected, and make sure you do not sign anything from his insurance company until it is reviewed.

Matt
 

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jitteringjr said:
There I was on a beautiful Sunday afternoon bike ride. I was traveling about 30mph going slightly downhill when this Mexican dude in his car pulls out of the driveway of an apartment complex without stopping to look for traffic to make a right turn in the direction of traffic that I was heading. He pulls out and slams right into the side of my bike. I go flying though the air and performed a 30mph asphalt face plant and three or four “Carly Patterson’s” along the road.

It gets better. The guy completes his turn and accelerates down the road where I am now still rolling to a stop and hits me again. My shoulder gets caught on his front bumper and he pushes me down the road. With my head now under the bumper, I can hear the engine RPM’s increasing as the guy is still accelerating. Finally, I somehow get thrown clear of the car and he steers hard right to avoid me and destroys a double layer brick wall about 15 feet from the side of the wall. As I was lying there, I looked up and saw him take out the wall and it looked to me like he never hit the brakes and actually accelerated into the wall.

I could have sworn my arm was broken because I could not tell were it was until I felt it with my other hand. I thought my contact had popped out of my eye because I could feel something flapping on my face. It turned to be a piece of skin just barely attached as I grabbed at it on my face. The ambulance arrived and the paramedics quickly put a neck brace on me to prevent any spinal injuries. A trip to the ER, a bunch of X-rays and about 30 stitches in my face later, they let me go home with some serious pain meds.

It has now been about 2 weeks since the accident and the wounds are healing quite well. I still have significant nerve damage in my left arm as it feels like I hit my funny bone in my elbow with a constant tingling feeling, but the orthopedic specialist thinks that I will have a full recovery. It will take some time before I am back to 100% but it is getting better. It is a good thing I was wearing my Giro helmet because I didn’t sustain any head traumas, but the helmet was cracked up a good amount. It was a miracle that I didn’t break any bones.

Here are some pictures of the aftermath:
My face after the 30 stiches.
My bike with the left side chain and seat stays torn off.
The brick wall the guy hit after he hit me twice.

Gad, it sounds scary just to read it. Must have been truly scary to live it. I'm truly sorry you were injured and glad to hear you expect to recover fully, but what has the fact that the driver was Mexican to do with it? And how do you know he was Mexican anyway?
 

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Triodelover said:
Gad, it sounds scary just to read it. Must have been truly scary to live it. I'm truly sorry you were injured and glad to hear you expect to recover fully, but what has the fact that the driver was Mexican to do with it? And how do you know he was Mexican anyway?

Thanks.

I know he was Mexican because the cop that gave him the ticket showed up at the Emergency Room and told me so. What does it have to do with it? Nothing I guess except for maybe adding effect to the story. Have you ever been to Guadalajara or Mexico City? Those guys make Los Angeles drivers look like pacifists.
 

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jitteringjr said:
Thanks.

I know he was Mexican because the cop that gave him the ticket showed up at the Emergency Room and told me so. What does it have to do with it? Nothing I guess except for maybe adding effect to the story. Have you ever been to Guadalajara or Mexico City? Those guys make Los Angeles drivers look like pacifists.

The effect it adds is to make you sound bigoted, and I doubt that was your intent. He was a careless and bad driver. His nationality had nothing to do with it.

If you remove "Mexican" from your post, your accident comes across as just as scary, just as life-threatening, and the driver comes across as just as careless and just as much a road menace. Oh, and if you remove "Mexican", you come across as a lot more open-minded.

Just my 2¢.
 

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The effect it adds is to make you sound bigoted, and I doubt that was your intent. He was a careless and bad driver. His nationality had nothing to do with it.

If you remove "Mexican" from your post, your accident comes across as just as scary, just as life-threatening, and the driver comes across as just as careless and just as much a road menace. Oh, and if you remove "Mexican", you come across as a lot more open-minded.

Just my 2¢.

Good point. It wasn't my intent, but its hard to remove it after we have talked about it in these last posts :(
 

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jitteringjr said:
Good point. It wasn't my intent, but its hard to remove it after we have talked about it in these last posts :(

Actually, you can edit out Mexican and I can edit my first post and delete the second (and you can delete your responses). And no one's the wiser. ;)

I know I'd have a healthy dose of residual anger even after a fortnight. So you've blown off that steam and the software lets us clean things up. If only life was like that.
 

Greg-O

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holy **** man!
glad to hear your ok! also glad to hear that the police caught the guy who hit you. hopefully his insurance will cover you and your bike.

get well soon :)
 

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You poor guy! I had some road rash on my knee and thought THAT was bad, but I can't imagine what you must have gone through. I am so glad that you will have a full recovery.
 

JSWin

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This is a wild story. This driver was hitting the accelerator. I don't know some people. This is not a bike accident it's hit and run. The days you wish you had a camera on yourself. I wonder if he was hung over from the night before. Who knows. Did the guy take off? This is what I wonder. The post doesn't say about that. I'm sorry but that is just wrong.
Immigrants, Lol, I guess they get scared. Some of them don't even have insurance.
 

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