Just got hit by a car!

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Tom, Oct 23, 2007.

  1. Tom

    Tom Active Member

    I'm going down the road in the bike lane... all the sudden someone passes me, then makes a right hand turn into a driveway. They slowed down like they saw me and were gonna let me by, but turned right as i was about to pass them in the bike lane. I skidded and bumped into their trunk, no injuries to my bike or myself. I rode up next to the guy and shouted profanities in his face while he tried to justify himself. I told him that I had the right of way and he needs to open his eyes...

    Scary stuff!

  2. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    glad you made it through with no probs/injuries
    good you were alert enough to stop in time
  3. OldPete

    OldPete Guest

    You might feel sore or injured in about three days.
    I am not saying sue him but you should have gotten his CDL# and plate# at the very least.

    Just my two cents. Glad you and the bike seem OK.
  4. Dockspa1

    Dockspa1 Guest

    I know that feeling and it's hard to shake off. Makes you start assuming everyone will be like him (the driver or idiot).
    Did you get his numbers Tom?
  5. I would have decked him. He wouldn't have retailiated or anything for he knew he was wrong. And you would have felt better.
    Kids,don't try that at home. That is left to trained professionals.
  6. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Glad your okay.
  7. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    I'm glad you are okay too. Sorry they pulled that on you.
  8. turbo/chaos

    turbo/chaos Guest

    dude that is not cool but you got unscaved lucky man i got messed up from my fisrt incounter but have found out that they dont care in parking lots but dont keep an eye out for bikes

    its like oooo look its a bike i have time to turn ooo dang his fast ( bbrraakkee)
    we almost got hit by a car again i swear later man
  9. iRide Customs

    iRide Customs Member

    Glad to hear you came out unscathed!
  10. Tom

    Tom Active Member

    lol i hope i left a mark on his trunk!
  11. uncle_punk13

    uncle_punk13 Guest

    Dude! I Can't even begin to tell you how many close calls I've had, and twice i've actually been hit. I'm so glad you're okay, and that your ride is okay. It may take a few to shake it but you will.
    I learned in my Motorcycle safety course that you have to assume that drivers not only will not see you but don't want to see you, therefore you must be aware in 360 degrees at all times and assume the worst, therefore ride prepared to avoid and dodge, and brake and all that.
    Again I'm sooo very glad you are okay!!!!!!!!
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  12. spunout

    spunout Member

    WHEW! could've been alot worse, friend. glad you're okay.

    that seems to be the most common occurence I've seen yet. had contact with 2 cars in the last year, and COUNTLESS near-misses. i thank Wakan Tanka for good brakes every day, it seems.

    the little rear-view mirror on my glasses has really helped. i can see the car approach, and if they have the signal on, i know what to do.
  13. Tom

    Tom Active Member

    I wonder what exactly the law says. Do bikers have the full right of way in the bike lane? I guess it depends on where you are.
  14. sabrewalt

    sabrewalt Guest


    In Texas, They consider Bike riders Pedestrians so it's a see and avoid thing for the car driver according to a local cop I talked to...His advice was: "Don't hit one" Kill a bike rider that is going about his business and manslaughter can be brought against you. Makes me wonder why when these morons have 3 clear lanes to choose, they stay in the one that is right up against you and pass you with it floored... Compensating for something small I guess.
  15. I always just assume drivers are all idiots in bad moods and as much as it feels good to be right, it feels better to be alive or to not get hurt.
  16. Tom

    Tom Active Member

    seriously. I just need a super loud horn to notify drivers when they make a mistake.
  17. wavygravy

    wavygravy Guest

    one thing ive learned in many years of rideing is ride like they dont see ya & give your self lots of space between vehicles! really good rear view mirrors are a must! & super good brakes!! i hope it didnt leave marks on you!! i on the otherhand have had lots of marks over the years, due to myself & others! thats why im goin to motoredbikes! the terminal speed isnt as fast- less broken bones! ride on tom!!!
  18. OldPete

    OldPete Guest

    Ca DMV code says cars can pull into the bike lane 200' before they make a right turn but do not have the right of way over a bicycle. I just read that two days ago.

    At an intersection, bicycles can pull into the rt car lane to leave the rt turn lane open for cars. Then pull back into the bicycle lane after they clear the intersection.
  19. OldPete

    OldPete Guest

    Works good and any of five sounds can be selected via jumpers. I like the one that sounds like a fire engine horn while crossing an intersection.


    One of these will be on my next motorcycle but a 12V battery like augi is using will support it. 139 dBA!! That ought to get some attention.


    Or you could go with one of those canned air horns used of small boats. A handgun would work too. :D