My first wipeout on my MB...

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by s_beaudry, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. s_beaudry

    s_beaudry Member

    Well, serious wipeout today on my MB, and it was not my fault!

    I was cruising along in the shoulder of a road (one lane in each direction) going about 15mph when a white car passed me and quickly slammed the brakes on and pulled into the shoulder and partway into the grass.

    This left me no choice but to hit the brakes and go off into the grass. Well hitting the grass at 15mph was ok I was thinking, BUT the first bump I hit hard was enough to loosen the handlebars and send me catapaulting over the now loose handlebars and hitting the ground left shoulder first and then the bike flipping ontop of me and burning my right leg a little until I got it off me.

    Well, after a minute or so I was able to get up with a very badly bruised shoulder, sizeable burn on my leg, cut open hand, and a busted open knee from some part of the bike that busted me open.

    Needless to say the white car pulled away as I was laying on the ground.

    I was a solid 10 miles from home with no one to help me during the day, so I had to slowly cruise back home with my tail between my legs and recover.

    And to top off all the injuries..... the first thing I did when I got home was roll her inside to tighten the handlebars nice and tight.... and wouldn't you know it that the bolt seems to be a metric allen head that I do not have!

    Bad luck for me today.....

  2. RusticoRay

    RusticoRay Member

    You will rise again

    Hope it wont be long before ya ride again. Bad luckm is that guy in Canada in ctitical condition from rairoad trackes and a bunch of members complaining he is spoiling for them ya write. hope recovery is swift
  3. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I was tempted to say that I can't believe people would do such a thing to each other. But after thinking about it for one half of a second I realized that it's all too easy to believe. We've all had close calls with numbskulls throwing a ton and a half of moving weight at us.

    And this jerk had the nerve to just leave the scene. I'm guessing that you had no time to get a license number, but I do hope you filed a police report anyway.

    And once we get laws legitimizing us on the roads we need to work on laws that crack down on these people who try to kill others with their cars. "To protect and to serve" seems to be badly lacking in this department.

    I really am sorry to hear of this. But it sounds like you and your bike are not hurt too badly. At least it wasn't as bad as it could have been.
  4. Ant27

    Ant27 Member

    Man bluegoat sure is right about numbskulls driving. They think because we ride bikes we are not even there sometimes. I really hope nothing was too serious with your injuries or your bike.

    Why do you think this person stopped s_beaudry? It sounds like it was on purpose.
  5. Slay

    Slay Member

    I wonder whythey pulled off like that? to harrass you?

    glad you'll be okay
  6. fetor56

    fetor56 Guest

    It hasn't happened to me but i've heard of car drivers deliberately targeting cyclists to run them off the road(or worse)
    Sorry for your experience,seems were all at risk by the lunatic factor.
  7. One of these days some one is going to target the wrong cyclist and they are going to be in a world of hurt. Around here the cyclists travel in small packs and they are all older graying haired white guys who have a variety of professions.... and when I say profession I mean they are professionals, like Dr's and LAwyers etc. Even when one is ahead the rest are not far behind.

    In that case they would be screwed by the law, which is good.

    but one day someone is going to get driven off the road and they are going to have firearm and then the dirt bag who drove them of the road is going to get hurt as badly if not worse then the cyclist. And I'd have to say that I think it would be possibly justified.
  8. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I'm actually not willing to believe that deliberately running a bicyclist off the road is very common. But swerving at bikes and other harassment is more common than it should be.

    I also hold the opinion that most autos are actually pretty considerate if you make yourself so visible that they simply can not ignore you. I've watched them and most definitely move over and make room when they pass me. Perhaps ten percent don't try as hard as I'd like, maybe the "move-over" is kinda lack-luster. But then there are, perhaps, 1 % who don't seem to feel that they have any responsibility to avoid hitting you at all. Most of us still don't hit us, but it's not because they've done anything to avoid it. I honestly think that they don't give a single bit of thought to the fact there might be bikes or peds on the road. And they don't feel that there's any need for them to think about it.

    This is only a guess, really, but I have a feeling that this white car did what he did for some reason of his own and the fact that s beaudry was there was simply no concern for him. I don't mean to imply that since he didn't mean any harm we shouldn't be mad at him. Just the opposite. Negligence like that should be a jail-able offense. And I do wish that the cops would crack down on idiots like this.
  9. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Something else comes to mind.

    We might be wise to make sure there is some (hopefully small) contact between ourselves and the cars that do this sort of stuff to us. That way when the jerk takes off, he's now committed a hit-and-run.
  10. Slay

    Slay Member

    I think some people are just idiots. Put them in a car and they seem to have a thought induced shield to make themselves seem invincible to their own idiocy.
  11. JemmaUK

    JemmaUK Guest

    sounds deliberate to me... there are people around my way that would do that on purpose just for a laugh..

    Hope you recover ok..

    Jemma xx
  12. s_beaudry

    s_beaudry Member

    I'll tell you, I woke up this morning and I thought my shoulder was broken it hurt so bad!

    It is starting to loosen up now so I am thinking all is well, just badly bruised! 38 years of life and I still have never broken a bone!

    I was wondering if they pulled over quickly maybe to ask me about the bike or something... hard to think someone would bring deliberate harm to me or anyone else like that. I only wish I was able to get the plate number from the car...

    Worst part about this is it is now Sunday, it is sunny and a lovely 72 degrees and I can not ride the MB yet because I did not go out and find a metric allen wrench to tighten up the handlebars.... this is the worst part actually!

    Stay safe and watch those cars...
  13. wayde

    wayde Guest

    It is a shame the guy in canada is in critical condition and maybe he wouldn't be if he were wearing a helmet like the laws say he was supposed to be. Yes i feel bad for the guy but at the same time who's fault is it.

    I would rather he survive and none of us ever be able to ride again but i'd also rather he live and we ride.
  14. RusticoRay

    RusticoRay Member

    Its definatly his fault on the helmet being how the stats are on your side with a helmet. Im just saying its us who are in charge of making motorized bike laws. Letters,and such at people in charge for a start. this fellow bike rider is not resposible for weather you ride or not legally. Im a little sensitive about it seeing how Im still in a local hospital draining my chest cavity since my accident on my Dax Titan. Broken shoulder to be worked on later.Whizzer will have to wait till spring for me to ride it again. Blurb in paper about man needing medical attention.
  15. ozzyu812

    ozzyu812 Member

    If you broke your collar bone you would know it instantly! I've broke both of mine. You wouldn't have been able to get home under your own power if it was broke. The next day is always the worst day after injury.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2008
  16. Snax

    Snax Member

    Exactly. Trade paint - and even fist marks into sheet metal if necessary to 'cushion' the impact. It's like almost hitting a deer with a car. Insurance companies call it your fault if you don't actually hit the deer and you damage your car anyway. The proof is in the contact.

    Anybody pulling that stunt on me won't get away unscathed if I can't brake my way out of it.
  17. Stink Bike

    Stink Bike Member

    I've had a car drive straight at me only to turn away at the last moment.I now have an air horn in a can like the ones used to start sporting events.It gets the idiots attention.
  18. mechcd

    mechcd Member

    Oooh, i'd watch it with that, you might get a little more than a bump if you start beating on peoples cars.

    We have people here on campus that grab onto bumpers for a "free" speed boost. I'll keep it short, but bad things happen. Like brake checking, curb smacking, and getting boxed in. These activities end very badly for the guy on the bike. The town spent a lot of money putting in a bike lane for a reason.

    The police tend agree with the cars because its viewed as getting hit in the rear, and generally its the person that does the hitting that gets to pay the insurance bill.

    However, I sympathize with those who play nice. I'm a 4 way on this, walking, driving, motorcycle, and biking. Anyway you play it, lights help a LOT. Especially blinking red rear lights. Staying about 3 feet from the curb helps me see bicyclists when i'm driving because they are then within my immediate view. I do the same with a motorcycle and my bike in town.

    When my motorcycle blew up and tossed me off, the person behind me stopped to help me get the bike off the road and make sure i was mostly ok. He had to be at work or something and had to leave. I greatly appreciated the few minutes. He found me later that day by chance and bought me lunch. Then about 20 cars went by gawking as i stumbled around with shredded pants and bloody hands. It's amazing how people don't care

    Above all, being able to go the speed limit helps the most :grin: Luckily its 25 mph max here unless you hit the highways
  19. Snax

    Snax Member

    I agree, and certainly didn't mean to imply that one should take the offensive in any way other than to defend yourself. I'm thinking of it more in terms of what is least likely to cause me injury, an open handed deflection with my fingers and palms, or the back of my Kevlar armored gloves in line with my wrist joint. I learned long ago while snowboarding that the wrist always takes the worst of it when you fall palms first.
  20. HERPER

    HERPER Member

    i doubt it was an intentional attack. it would take a pretty cold hearted person to do that. id be more undertsanding if it was some dumbass jerking off to the side quick to get the cell phone or anything..

    this girl i know laura, is just like that. its actually really really scary to drive with her. she will turn around and chat with the back and not look at the road at all... people likeher should not drive.