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  • The other car waving her through has no impact on the liability. She chose to cross your lane of traffic so it's her fault. Do what everyone else has said above me, and be ultra careful in future. I've had so many close calls in the same situation.

    Absolutely.
    Waving others through is dangerous for just this reason.
    My driving instructor taught me never to wave others through, nor to be 'waved' without assessing the situation myself.
    The dozy **** who hit you did not do this and should not be allowed to squirm free.
    I'd suggest you do go through all official channels and list every single additional expense this crash is causing you, every day.

  • Does anyone know a good place to get the frame/fork alignment checked out?

  • Any bike workshop should have an alignment tool.

  • I really don't see how riding in a bike lane to the left of stationary traffic makes me in any way liable.

    I cycle the CS7 everyday. Gaps usually form in the stationary traffic when drivers leave space for oncoming traffic. So when I see a gap, I slow down and/or stop. On several occasions other cyclists decided to undertake me as I did so, very narrowly avoiding the car turning in our path. Should one of those people get hit, who would be responsible?
    If you want to claim you'll have to be ready for the other side to argue, and write your statement accordingly.

  • Left house early today for important meeting and got side swiped on the way in.. Shoulder slowly starting to hurt like fuck.. Will have to go and sit aimlessly in A&E soon... Great start to the week...

    At least i have witnesses/video/details and now off to read the "what to do thread"

  • Absolutely.
    Waving others through is dangerous for just this reason.
    My driving instructor taught me never to wave others through, nor to be 'waved' without assessing the situation myself.

    This.

    In addition, one shouldn't let people out/through against the right of way, as other road users may not be aware of your actions.

    Obviously this is hard to stick to when traffic is solid, and there are no natural gaps for drivers to turn into...

  • This.

    In addition, one shouldn't let people out/through against the right of way, as other road users may not be aware of your actions.

    Obviously this is hard to stick to when traffic is solid, and there are no natural gaps for drivers to turn into...

    People get rather miffed if I don't respond to their 'kindness' when they wave me through their lane with no regard to adjacent lane(s).

  • Not as miffed as they'd be if you hit them at 20mph, swerving to avoid some twat that they hadn't seen sneaking into the gap they just waved you through. Sounds like you have the right attitude to me.

  • Not as miffed as they'd be if you hit them at 20mph, swerving to avoid some twat that they hadn't seen sneaking into the gap they just waved you through. Sounds like you have the right attitude to me.

    Oh indeed.
    Point is flagging through is DANGEROUS!

  • Well the good news is the frame and fork are fine.

    The bad news is the driver isn't answering my calls or returning my texts.

  • Have you got in touch with the police yet?

    If she had walked over to your bike and started smashing it with a sledgehammer, you probably would have. Whereas she actually did something more reckless and dangerous to you, and now she's trying to shirk her responsibility.

    And before you do get in touch with them, send her a text or leave her a message explaining that's exactly what you're going to do. And then ignore her calls/texts.

  • Near Lords Cricket ground this morning...
    I was trackstanding by the lights, they then turned green and I went to pedal but my cog slipped and I didn't go anywhere, as I was falling the van behind me knocked my rear wheel and I fell harder and hit my knee smack on the concrete got a small cut and a large bruise, it hurts when I walk and ride, when I got to my destination I checked my bike and now my frame and rear wheel are bent, wheel can be straightened but frame around the dropout seems pretty bad :/
    Seems I'll have to spend my money on that instead of the Spok from Primitive Robot :/
    Fucking sucks that I can't get a spok, and I learned riding clipless and breakless with a bad knee is really hard.
    Indra

  • Knocked off on yesterday evening. Started to pull away from the line at a crossroads to go straight across when I noticed a car on the other road not stopping for pedestrian at a crossing so stopped. Can't have travelled more than a foot and half before stopping and the car behind ran into the back of me. Fortunately they were turning left so it was more of a sideways glance which, although it sent me tumbling, didn't cause any damage.

    Gallingly the driver didn't take it well when I took it upon myself to check myself and my bike out before getting out of their way. Tempered themselves when I pointed out that they were very lucky that they hadn't caused any injuries or damage. Almost disappointed about that as I was furious and wanted to give them a proper kicking. Mainly because I was headed south to see today's road race and it would have been an arse-ache to have to deal with that as well.

    I'm fairly certain that this is the second time this driver has executed some nonsense around me in this area. Will be keeping an eye out for them in the future.

  • Similarly I got my rear wheel bumped by a taxi driver, but managed to stay on. I went a little mental, he told me to shut up and kept pointing at the other driver. He was obviously banking on the driver in front pushing a tight overtake on a bus pulling out; which I had stopped for a good 5 seconds earlier. When they didn't he could only swerve at me. Perfectly understandable when you put it like that isn't it?

    For some reason the liability for rear impact collisions means nothing to a lot of drivers.

    Incidentally, not 1 minute before, the same cabbie overtook me very close at speed while coming into red lights. Self-entitled moron.

  • I had a car door opened on me fully the other week. I was probably doing 15-20mph overtaking a parked car when the driver swung his door open FAST and full. No time to brake or swerve and so I hit the inside of his door flush, with my chest. Massive bruising.
    His response was "Holy sh!t dude, how fast were you going?", to which I asked if he was blaming me, which he was. :O
    He just didn't look in his mirrors, the turnip. It resulted in him have one hell of a bent door on his new car.

    In a Thundercats style ending, I suppose the message to this story is to try and give more than a doors width when overtaking cars, even if it means holding up traffic. I also look to see if there's anyone in the car beforehand. It amazes me how many people see you coming and still have their door open.

  • Did you report the incident to the police?

    You should read the "What to do in case of an accident" thread.

  • Someone's been doored on my commute, the driver drove away. Pottergate, Norwich. The cyclist had concussion and whiplash.

  • Did you report the incident to the police?

    You should read the "What to do in case of an accident" thread.

  • change the record :)

  • Fuck him, drivers are 100% culpable for dooring.

  • I did hear that motorist can be fined up to ¬£1000 for dooring. Karma was restored seeing that my bike was bike whereas his door wouldn't close :)
    After having it out with him, he did finally say sorry. In future I probably would report it just so I have comeback if I needed an operation paying for, or the bike collapsed a week later.

  • I was doored last Monday on my way home from work. I was going quite fast Trinity Road on the bus lane and passing a Royal Mail minivan standing on a bus stop the driver opened the doors just in front of my face and BOOM! I fly over 10 meters and hit the ground. Fortunately and I would say miraculously (don't use a helmet) except of bruises on left arm and left knee I was fine. My bike has suffered, downtube has been dented and bent a little, front wheel is not true and brake levers are bent and scratched badly. I spent over a year on restoration of this bike so it's something more for me than just a bike...
    The driver didn't see me in mirrors. Probably, for few seconds I became invisible. Sorry for that. This super power (or curse) I posses (and probably many of cyclist here) always manifest in not appropriate moment... But in general the guy was shocked and very sorry.
    By coincidence there was a patrol of police on the other side of the road and one of the officers was on the scene seconds after it happened so he took a report and I've got all the details. The ambulance was called as well, but after quick examination left. I'll be claiming damages for my bicycle.

    Dooring is a criminal offence:
    http://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/ever-been­-doored-it-is-actually-illegal/

  • Not wishing any specific ill will on the driver, but are you considering pressing charges?

    Whilst I appreciate that you are in a position to claim for damages through insurance, what happened was a directly due to negligent and technically illegal behaviour. There is a principle at stake here that I think is all too frequently overlooked when the default option is to go down the insurance route.

    Presuming on it's absence from your description, I'm a little disappointed that the police failed to issue even an Fixed Penalty Notice to the driver. Should the driver be involved in a similar incident in the future then without the record on their licence it will be harder to establish a pattern of negligent behaviour.

  • Hello

    A few weeks ago I had an accident. Into the side/back of a car on E+C, he braked suddenly. Bike frame trashed, clavicle broken. I really don't remember it much, helmet saved me but was quite dazed. It may well have been my fault but I couldn't say either way for sure.

    Just got a phone call, the driver asking "what are we going to do about it". Apparently I broke his rear headlight. I don't have car insurance on my bike funnily enough so I just said "I'm not going to pay for your light, or anything do with your car" and hung up.

    Has he got any legal recourse? Because I'm minded to just ignore him.

    After I collided with him I went over his roof and into the side of a black cab, denting the door, haven't heard from him though....

  • You were clearly following too close. Do the right thing and pay for the damage to his car.

    In the future it'd be worth joining British Cycling or a club as it's a cheap way of getting 3rd party insurance.

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