Posted 03 August 2012 - 01:20 AM
First time being struck by a car... I got lucky, and thankfully I'm alright.
I commute to work most days, and it is a 30 mile round trip. I regularaly mix up my route to and from work to keep things fresh and fun. This particular night, I decided to take Lindbergh Blvd home. Even though there are Share the Road signs, I typically avoid this road when there is any traffic. I work until midnight, so traffic is usually nonexistent no matter what route I take home at this hour. I was riding to the far right of the lane, going North bound on Lindbergh approaching Ladue Rd. Then, very unexpectedly, there was a hard smack to the left/back side of my rib cage. It happened in a flash, and luckily I managed to keep my bike up right. Then I saw a large, white, Chevy SUV in front of me. They wern't stopping, nor were they speeding away. I started to assume they weren't going to stop to make sure I was alright, so I accelerated towards them yelling "Hey! You just hit me!!!"
The driver then stopped his vehicle. I saw the window was down, and the first thing that came out of my mouth was, "How in the F*** did you hit me!?" He said that he didn't see my lights, and asked me if I was alright. I said I thought so, and moved towards the back of his vehicle to take a picture of his license plate as quickly as I could, in case he drove off. The driver got out of his vehicle and came to make sure I was ok. He appologized sincerly, and told me that he honestly didn't see my lights. I looked at his passenger side mirror, and noticed it was folded backwards. Thankfully it was the kind that does fold in, because I know that lessened the impact. He offered to exchange insurance information, and kept asking to make sure I was alright. Thankfully I was. I declinded his insurance and to call the police. We had a brief discussion about paying attention and keeping an eye out for other modes of transportation, telling him that bikes are more popular than ever and only gaining popularity. The driver drove off, and I finished my commute home. I had one head light mounted to my handlebars, and a tail light mounted to my seat post. I now realize that this must not be enough. I saw once, a joke in one of my Velo News magzines, about a guy who wrapped himself in christmas lights. Starting to find it less funny, and more genius! I'll be adding atleast one more light to the back of my helmet for starters.
Safe riding everyone!