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  1. #1
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    Well, My Summer's Over

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    I was hit by a huge truck while riding on the Centennial trail on Wednesday. Broken ribs, unbelievable amount of pain and swelling over most of the left side of my body, and I am one unhappy camper. I just cancelled my STP registration and have my finger hovering over the cancel button for a tour in Idaho in August.

    I was hit while riding through an area of the trail that runs through kind of an industrial area. The truck was in the driveway for one of the businesses. I stopped, made eye contact with the driver and assumed he was waiting for me to cross. By the time I was half way across the cross walk, he'd decided to pull out. I was screaming, "Hey! hey! hey! as his grill continued to loom closer and closer on my left side, and I remember thinking, I don't friggin believe it! as the grill made contact with my torso. Jump cut in consciousness, and I am writhing and bellowing in the street with the wind knocked out of me. I remember sirens and somebody running up with a chair, because I had started to get up, because I didn't want to lie back on the busy road like I was belatedly directed to do. The EMTs insisted that I needed to go to the hospital, where it was determined that if I was seriously injured, I would be in more pain. An officer came in and took my statement and tried to insinuate the accident was my fault because he didn't think I had the right of way. (pretty sure I did) He also said that I had caused an awful lot of damage to the truck, but my bike (the Bacchetta Bellandare) didn't appear to be damaged at all! (The back wheel had been run over and wasn't really rolling any more when we picked it up) .
    I've had two days to reflect on it, and I am getting angrier and angrier by the minute. It could have been so much worse, though. If I'd been riding my tadpole trike, which is way lower than the bellandare, he would have rolled over me and crushed my body. If I'd been riding the tricross, I would have been higher off the ground and being violently flung to the ground would have done more damage to me.

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  2. #2
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    Ouch!
    I'm very sorry this happened to you! Give yourself a little time to gather your wits before making decisions about August.

    Sending wishes for peace and healing.
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  3. #3
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    Laura, I am glad you're alive, girl. I am wishing you well.

    And get a lawyer with bike case expertise! John Duggan is a well known local name. MM_QFC also knows a good lawyer. PM if you need her email.
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    So sorry that this happened and so glad you survived! Sending prayers and wishes for healing.

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    Oh wow. So glad you weren't more seriously hurt.

    I agree about talking to a lawyer.

    I hope you feel better soon.

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    Thanks for all the kind words. I was only planning to get a lawyer if the insurance co gave me trouble. Do I really need a lawyer?

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    Oh man lauraelmore, that's awful. You should be angry - furious! Hope you heal up quickly.

    You need a lawyer. You think the insurance company and the trucking company don't have dozens of them?
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    Laura, it's the right-of-way exchange with the police that made me think you should consult a lawyer.
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    You need a lawyer. My DH has one for his case against the woman who turned left in front of him last year.
    Insurance companies do all sorts of things that are not nice. Get a copy of the police report and see if there were any witnesses.
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    Holy cow, glad you're still here to tell the tale!!

    I'll second Crankin, get a lawyer now. Pretty much no one is on your side in these things so getting someone to represent you and your needs is very important.

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    First off, I'm glad that the accident wasn't more serious! Take some time to let your body heal, and like all the others have mentioned... get yourself a lawyer. You are going to need someone to look out for you, no one else is going to... especially the insurance companies. AND definitely get a copy of the police report.

    Take care, and heal quickly.

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    How scary! So glad you weren't hurt worse! What a stupid mistake on the driver's part. And the officer, well totally ridiculous! So sorry for your pain and ruined summer. There are some really busy areas on that trail! But this still should not have happened and totally not your fault! Take the summer to rest in the backyard lounge chair and get back at it as soon as you are ready. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
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    I agree, get a lawyer. It already sounds like they are trying to put the blame on you and I can guarantee insurance companies aren't any better.

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    Well, my insurance company (State Farm) says THEY consider me a pedestrian, and totally in the right. We have no fault personal injury coverage of $10,000 which should cover everything, but they will be pursuing coverage from the truck driver's insurance. I don't think the driver was a professional truck driver, just some young (dumb @$$) with a taste in trucks too large for his particular driving skill set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lauraelmore1033 View Post
    Well, my insurance company (State Farm) says THEY consider me a pedestrian, and totally in the right. We have no fault personal injury coverage of $10,000 which should cover everything, but they will be pursuing coverage from the truck driver's insurance. I don't think the driver was a professional truck driver, just some young (dumb @$$) with a taste in trucks too large for his particular driving skill set.
    Good for that. It's a relief not to have to deal with being 'at fault' in such a situation.

    But more importantly, how do you feel? Are you healing?
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

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