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  • Despite all my best efforts I became an accident statistic last night
  • Premier Icon Lummox
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    Gutted, despite always feeling it would happen but always hoping
    It wouldn’t i t boned a car last night.

    Travelling along long straight well lit road, lit up like a Christmas tree, notice a car pulling up to junction ahead, they
    Stop and I ease off brakes then they just pull straight out In front of me with about 2 bike lengths to go doing about 20ish!

    This led to my best professionals roll accross his bonnet, walloping his windscreen with my right shoulder and landing heavily on left ankle.

    Trip to A and E and result is soft tissue only but bugger me I’m sore today, bike is currently an unknown quantity.

    Driver admitted he didn’t see me, witnesses all confirmed I was extremely visible (the guy looked right at me before pulling out, just didn’t see me)

    Could of been a lot worse but thankfully it wasn’t.

    Stay safe out there kids, pretty sure my owed bike karma helped me out here πŸ˜€

    neilnevill
    Member

    Eek. Hope you mend fast and hope the driver pays for bike and clothing damage etc without hassle.

    Premier Icon stevied
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    Feel your pain but..

    but bugger me I’m sore today

    This won’t help with the soreness 😳

    winch
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    Sounds like you now know what it’s like to fall within a saccade, or rather be catapulted out of a saccade and over someones bonnet. Glad you’re ok and hope all the post accident stuff goes smoothly.

    Superficial
    Member

    I’m sure a lot of accidents happen to inexperienced people, risk takers and bad cyclists. But I also know that no matter how hard you try, it can always happen to you.

    Anyway, healing vibes etc. is the bike ok?

    jekkyl
    Member

    glad to hear you’re relatively okay. Was he breathalysed or questioned by the coppers at all, was he a doddery old fella? Did you get the reg? and perhaps give the coppers a ring.
    How is the bike, was it a commuter special bso?

    ndthornton
    Member

    Did you manage to hang on to your bike as you went over his bonnet?
    I did this with a taxi that pulled out on me – managed to leave a very satisfying gauge with my pedal.

    Premier Icon leftyboy
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    Had similar in May, I was on a cycle path on the pavement and a car turned across me. I cleaned his bonnet and landed in a perfect headstand! Damaged my neck, compression injury, dislocated a finger, moved some small bones in my hand and lost full skin depth on a large part of one knee.

    The driver said ‘Sorry i thought you’d stop’!

    He got a large fine, banned, and a large repair bill after it emerged it wasn’t his first driving without due care!

    shermer75
    Member

    Sounds horrible. At least there’s no broken bones! Hope you’re up and back on the bike soon πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon Lummox
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    thanks for all your well wishes

    bike is/ was a home built genesis cdf, i havent seen it myself but three people struggled to get the front wheel out! That can come later.

    To be fair to everyone they were all ace, lots of caring folk and witnesses all hung around to speak to police and my wife who come got me.

    As much as i’d really like to hate the guy he was a nice older chap who was pretty shook up by it all. I will get someone to check the bike over and i’ll get his insuarance to sort it but i don’t hold any malice towards him. Just wish he’d seen me πŸ˜‰

    As someones said, 7 years of commuting in all weathers taking as many precautions as you reasonably can and last night was my turn.

    just had a look on my gps and i hit his bmw at 23.5 mph!

    Premier Icon funkrodent
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    Sorry to hear this OP. There was a similar thread a few days back. An article about the way the eye works (and how it can miss relatively small objects when scanning) was linked to. It basically gives science to the SMIDSY defence. Particularly of interest to me as I near as dammit pulled into a cyclist on a roundabout (same roundabout I commute round by bike everyday) that I just didn’t see. Scared the beezajus out of me, not least because I realised if I could almost do it then it could equally happen to me.

    Article link below, but it basically explains about how the eye and brain fill in the gaps in the scene when you’re scanning a large area quickly. It’s what the poster above referred to as a saccade. This means that if the cyclist isn’t in one of the snapshots used to create the bigger picture, as far as the brain is concerned they don’t exist.

    Anyway, glad you’re not too hurt. Article explains it a lot better

    What an RAF pilot can teach us about being safe on the road

    Premier Icon benp1
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    Sorry to hear about your accident mate?

    Mind if I ask questions about the lit up like a christmas tree bit? (For my own benefit here!)
    – how many front lights did you have?
    – where they flashing or solid
    – which ones?
    – bar or helmet mounted?
    – was it light or dark? What sort of hi vis clothing were you wearing?

    From the angle (where their lights aren’t on you) then reflective stuff isn’t much use I guess

    ndthornton
    Member

    three people struggled to get the front wheel out!

    From my encounters with Jo public this doesn’t surprise me at all – Wheel is probably fine πŸ˜†

    JCL
    Member

    I await the unrelated ‘yeah but cyclist are always running red lights’ comments.

    camo16
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    There was a similar thread a few days back.

    That was me. The OP’s incident sounds way worse than mine, though. 😯 Hope you recover quickly Lummox.

    My biggest problem was not getting the driver’s details. Bike looked fine (luckily it was the crappy winter one), so I listened to her smidsy talk and rode off, scowling.

    It was only when I had to shell out Β£27 to get both wheels fixed that I got really angry.

    It’s dangerous out there, people!

    * sends out positive vibes *

    Premier Icon rockhopperbike
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    I noticed you said the impact speed was around 23mph, I know that from my bike commuting days, cage drivers just don’t expect a cyclist to be riding at those speeds- I guess we will see more of this kind of incident if the ebikes take off in sales- they are running around 15mph just on battery? – so could easily get up to 20 with a bit of pedalling.

    Hope you come out of it okay !

    Healing vibes OP.

    But how many red lights did you jump prior to the incident? Working out the karma quota here. πŸ˜‰

    Premier Icon amedias
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    Hope you heal quick OP, sounds like a nasty bump πŸ™

    billytinkle
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    Glad you’re generally OK fella, bikes can be replaced easily enough!

    edlong
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    Glad you’re (relatively) okay from what could have been a much worse incident.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Unlucky for meeting blind billy BMW driver. Healing vibes and all that. And I appreciate greatly that no-one has (yet) tried to put the blame on you.

    tomkerton
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    Hope it stops hurting soon mate, very interesting and well written post.

    PS does 23.5 mph dent a Beemer? Please tell me it did!

    Premier Icon Lummox
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    23.5 does indeed bend a Beemer I’ve now discovered, chap just contacted me with his insurance company details.

    To answer Christmas tree question

    Bike
    p7 Bastid on medium setting pointing down, exposure flash on flash on front, front wheel has reflective spoke things for side vision, rear has led on flash and exposure flare on solid.

    Me
    Exposure joystick on helmet with redeye micro
    Reflective cuffs on legs and gore soft shell with lots of reflective detailing.

    Road was streetlight lit and a 30limit, also junction was 20m ish from roundabout. That I was travelling straight ahead at.

    Premier Icon imnotverygood
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    Well no wonder he couldn’t see you 😯

    Premier Icon Lummox
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    Maybe he thought I was a UFO?

    eyerideit
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    Glad you’re not too bad.

    More importantly how’s the bike, will Mr Beemer driver be coughing up for a new one?

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I find myself moving out towards the middle of the road when passing cars at t junctions in the hope that if they do pull out I can avoid them.

    Get well soon, hope the bike’s not a write-off.

    brakes
    Member

    I think perhaps you were wearing too many lights πŸ˜‰
    maybe he thought the flashing one was an indicator, although being a BMW driver he won’t know what they’re for.

    glad you’re ok.

    Saccades
    Member

    winch – Member
    Sounds like you now know what it’s like to fall within a saccade, or rather be catapulted out of a saccade and over someones bonnet. Glad you’re ok and hope all the post accident stuff goes smoothly.

    Oi! Don’t blame me…

    πŸ˜‰

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    The driver said ‘Sorry i thought you’d stop’!

    An honest driver.

    The “I didn’t see you” line is often a lie, and using it as a driver will keep you out of court.

    Admitting that you underestimated the speed of a bike, and took the dangerous risk that it would slow down for you, knowing full well that a bike can’t hurt you in your car, is a rare thing.

    monkeyfudger
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    At least it had a bonnet to sail over, beats battering into a slab sided people carrier/van! I was smacked on a roundabout last year, driver took me out by hitting my back wheel as I almost managed to go round him with my ninja like skillz ( πŸ˜‰ ) rear rack/track nuts took an awesomely awesome gouge out of his front bumper and the old Langster came away completely unscathed.

    Hope you’re back on the bike/with new bike soon.

    Premier Icon benp1
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    blimey, you really were lit up, that is an impressive array of lighting and visibility equipment!

    Even more baffling you were hit!

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    a couple of years ago i got taken down by a 8 year old kid on a microscooter hopping off the pavement in front of me(this was daylight) I was travelling at warp speed

    we both went down, he was fine I went OTB and landed on my ankle, 9 weeks off work with a broken heal bone

    heal up!

    carlosg
    Member

    Hope the OP is ok, I had a similar accident in ’97 but connected with the rear passenger door of a ford escort. My knee shattered the window and I ended up with a ruptured patella tendon.
    Get your bike checked by a shop and yourself by the doctor.

    shermer75
    Member

    Bloody hell that’s a lot of light!! As nice as the guy sounds, and he does sound like one of the good guys, I’m not sure if he should be driving…

    rwamartin
    Member

    I think one of the problems these days is that cars are driving with their lights on all the time. Not only are the lights dazzling, they make it difficult to pick out other road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists. In built up areas the lighting on most vehicles is excessive. If there was less on them, or perhaps better placed, a well lit cyclist would be easier to see.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Everyone makes mistakes when driving or riding, sadly. Hard to know what to do really. Is it fair to ban someone because of one incident? Even though it could’ve been fatal?

    Premier Icon I_did_dab
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    Even though it could’ve been fatal?

    Fair to get the police involved for this reason…

    asterix
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    Everyone makes mistakes when driving or riding, sadly. Hard to know what to do really. Is it fair to ban someone because of one incident? Even though it could’ve been fatal?

    +1

    it is hard to decide – that’s why we have a system with judges who at least can benefit from seeing lots of cases and who can try to brings some consistency / balance (even if they make the odd decision too)

    oldgit
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    I’ve skipped from the opening post straigt to this.

    Driver admitted he didn’t see me, witnesses all confirmed I was extremely visible (the guy looked right at me before pulling out, just didn’t see me)

    I used to commute using a Joystick, that broke recently and I’ve been using my Seca race lights. Since using them I’ve had no end of close calls. I can see people can see me, but then pull out/in front when I’m right on them. It happens so often it’s clearly the lights…too bright for a slow moving vehicle?

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