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  1. #1
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    Dog versus cyclist :(

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    BF and I were out for a short ride on Saturday and I was cruising along a bit ahead of him when out of nowhere a dog ran out and hit my front tire. I believe he meant to chase me as he did 3 weeks ago while I was riding with a friend past the same farm. Long story short I had no time to react other than to reach for my brakes before he wiped me out. I fractured my pelvis in 2 places and also my sacrum. OWIE! Doc says no surgery because they are stable but 6-8 weeks recovery.

    The dog was fine and the owner started out pretty rude. She asked why I would come down a road when I knew there was a dog that chased bike riders. BF was really ticked off. He rides the same road almost every day and had never seen it before.

    I am very fortunate that BF is living with me now and is currently unemployed cause he is having to do everything for me. This could become a problem though if I miss too much work.

    Oh and Dara (Trek Madone 5.1) survived with minor scratches to the brake hood and a large scuff mark to my new Selle San Marco saddle I have some road rash on my left side and the worst is my elbow. Somehow my Sheebeast shorts show no signs of anything even though I was scraped up under neath them.
    Last edited by arielmoon; 03-30-2009 at 09:19 AM.

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    Oh that TOTALLY SUCKS. I am sorry to hear!
    What are the rules about loose dogs in Florida? How crazy was that response?
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    Ew, ow, ow! That sucks. Take it easy, 'kay? I hope you recover quickly.
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    The owner sounds like a real pain, how unsafe to let your dog run out! The dog could be just as hurt, did she think of that? Sending healing vibes your way.
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    How awful! That sounds so painful.

    Is there any way to hold the dog owner accountable? Let your insurance company go after her for your medical expenses?

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    Have you considered getting a lawyer? Any dog leash or fencing laws in the area?

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    Oh my, what a terrible accident! I'm so glad you weren't hurt worse. I hope you heal quickly and will be back in the saddle soon.

    As for the negligent dog owner--he's on borrowed time before something much worse happens to either him or the dog.

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    The owner was having no part of taking responsibility for the incident but I have her phone number and I know who she is. I also have another witness to say that the dog has done it before. I am going to see what my insurance covers and if I loose time at work I may have to take action to cover my expenses. I am not a sue happy person but she is liable and I can not afford to get in debt (any more than I already am) over this.

    It was totally random and dogs will be dogs but she could at least close her gate to prevent such a thing. She carried on about how confining the dog would be cruel and at one point told my BF maybe she would have him put down. He immediately told her I would be really mad if she did that.

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    What an irresponsible dog owner. I don't know of any state that allows owners to let their dogs run loose. You shouldn't let her get away with this. The next time the dog, or the biker, may be killed. I wish you a speedy recovery, but do get an attorney and sue the clod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arielmoon View Post
    I am not a sue happy person but she is liable and I can not afford to get in debt (any more than I already am) over this.

    She carried on about how confining the dog would be cruel and at one point told my BF maybe she would have him put down. He immediately told her I would be really mad if she did that.
    On the first point, you should be able to find a lawyer who will take this on a contingency basis. At the very least, you should recover your medical expenses plus an amount for pain and suffering, and certainly lost wages if you have to be out of work.

    On the second, she thinks her options are to let the dog run wild or kill it? I just wonder what happened to her little gray cells upstairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norsegoddess View Post
    On the second, she thinks her options are to let the dog run wild or kill it? I just wonder what happened to her little gray cells upstairs.
    I don't get logic like that either.
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    I hope you get a lawyer for several reasons, the least of which is to teach that woman about responsibility.
    Since you had a serious accident because of that dog, can't you talk to law enforcement (sheriff, police, dog catcher) and report the dog/ dog owner?

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    wow. I am so sorry to hear this. If I were in that position I would be seething.

    That dog and owner must be reported to animal control.
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    Good luck with the healing process. Be good to yourself - and as nice to BF as you can.

    I can hear DH if he were confronted with the "I may as well put the dog down if I have to lock him up" line. He'd offer to help with either one, preferably the former. He's thoughtful that way and does believe in calling bluffs.

    And I agree, see a lawyer, it might help with insurance sometime down the road.
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    Sheesh, here you are with broken bones and she wants to explain it away because she doesn't want to be CRUEL?

    I'm so sorry. I hope you go after her.

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