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  • Did you talk to one of the solicitors recommended in the what to do in case of an accident thread yet? Sounds like you still have some avenues open to me - it just depends on how dogged you want to be.

  • I've contacted the insurance company of the rental car company again - they should have vehicle insurance even if the driver wasn't covered on her policy.
    I guess if this fails I will need to go down the small claims route.
    I've previously spoken to a solicitor but as there was no personal injury its punitively expensive to pursue this in any way other than on my own.

  • I have a driver I cannot contact
    You should be able to get her contact details from the hire company. Write to them and ask. You may need to apply for a court order to have them release the details.

  • Also, go back to the police and make a complaint. They should be following up on this more. "No personal injury" is a shitty excuse for abject laziness.

  • I've also contacted the police again and they seemed rather unimpressed that I should be bothering them.
    "We sent you a letter informing you that the case was closed. What more do you want us to do about it?" was their opening gambit.
    sigh

  • Ask for their complaints procedure. Ask to speak to a constable, not a civvy.

  • I'm now waiting to hear back from the hire car insurance company and the police.
    I'll wait to hear what they have to say before deciding who to complain to next.

  • Never give in.

    Be the remorseless, unstoppable, vengeful angel. My recent experience in court as a witness was enlightening in as much as I saw firsthand the concerted attempt of the defendant and her legal team to wiggle out from under.

    Do it.

  • slip on a corner of a sewage cover this morning in the rain, banged my elbow...great start of the month and first day of work, now got a stupid bump on my elbow and cant lift anything over my head without making a face...

  • ^ ouch. Stopped on wet gutter cobbles last week, was soon dispatched to the floor, like an ice rink. No injuries thankfully.

  • 8:50, zebra crossing on Gt Russel Street, just East of Bury Place:

    A middle aged guy in fluoro doesn't spot the pedestrian crossing and passes on my right. He spots the ped at the last second and slams the brakes on and up goes the back wheel. I'm thinking "oh shit---endo!", but the wheel slips to the side and he goes down quite gently.

    I hop off to check he's ok (he is) but the first thing he does is apologise to the ped and call himself out. Doubt you're on here but hope there isn't much bruising.

  • I crashed into a ped on the way home last night. She stepped out without looking and I couldn't stop in time. She's fine, a couple of grazes and a bruised thigh.

    I came out a bit worse, was clipped in and I'm pretty sure I went up and over straight onto my right elbow/side. Got a very sore shoulder and some superficial cuts ands scrapes, and my bike needs a check over, the wheel is bent and I think my forks are cracked.

    This morning I can't move my right arm any higher than my shoulder so going to go into the walk in later to make sure there's nothing serious.

    She was incredibly apologetic and took all the blame and offered to pay for any damage.

  • Ouch. I'd consider getting checked out at the hospital. Better safe than sorry. A&e at uch is lightening fast during the days if you are near.

    Glad she acknowledged blame. Most refuse to accept an incident could possibly be their own fault

  • Ouch. I'd consider getting checked out at the hospital. Better safe than sorry. A&e at uch is lightening fast during the days if you are near.

    Glad she acknowledged blame. Most refuse to accept an incident could possibly be their own fault

    Thanks man, good idea about UCH. I'm only up in Islington at the moment and will ask to leave a bit early.

    Let's hope she coughs up after she's got over the shock!

  • At the top of Maida Vale right by edgware road I was speeding along this afternoon in the rain :/ bad idea.
    I got to the first set of lights and slipped through just as they were going to amber, this woman then turned out from the left and I began to skid but it barely slowed me down, I hit the side of her care pretty fast, cut my arm. and twisted my bars round.
    I was about to start cycling again when I see another fixed gear rider staring with his mouth open lol
    Moral of the story, run a front brake especially in the rain.
    mini rant over.

  • Shit James! HealTFU! Hope you're alright man.

    Tried to trackstand...failed to trackstand...fell over. Uninteresting story thread >>>

  • really, a front brake may help you stop better?

    heresy on the fixie skidder forum

    hope you are not too bruised, but yes 2 brakes are better than one

  • Motorcyclist toppled 2012-10 @22.02 on wet surface Bayswater Road outside Lancaster Gate Tube. Was passing #46 bus. We witnessed from back of black cab. Bus driver was helping.
    Hope you're OK mate. We couldn't help.

  • Riding the road bike home last night was awful, felt like i was getting 0 power out of my brakes even with salmon koolstops on the front, standard sram rival pads on the back

  • invest in some swisstop green. You wont look back. Brilliant wet weather performance. One of the best upgrades you can make really

  • Although I have a feeling that the stock pad on the sram rival may be a swisstop green already? I know they are standard on force.

  • Mal had her first SMIDSY this morning. Woman drove out from side street into her. Driver was very apologetic, which is lucky for her as it was close to home and I could've been down there to rip her a new one.

    Just like me she has mad skills though and avoided serious damage. Couple of cuts. She came home and I straightened her bars and sent her back out.

    She works hard for the money.. so hard for the money..

  • Although I have a feeling that the stock pad on the sram rival may be a swisstop green already? I know they are standard on force.

    Ah this makes more sense now my front and rear are definitely different but ill check what my rear one is..

  • If the rear one is a swisstop, as a temporary bodge I would consider swapping the pads back to front so you can have them on your stronger brake.

  • I fell off this morning. No damage to bike and just a few small bruises. It was totally avoidable on my part.

    I was stationary at a red light in primary with a car and small lorry in front of me. Light changes to green, traffic moves off (as do I). Ped steps out in front of car. Small lorry rear ends car, I rear end the lorry. I was only doing about 5mph at the time and went down in installments.

    a) I should have allowed more space between me and the lorry

    b) I should have been paying more attention to the road ahead as I had the chance to react to the stopped lorry quicker if I had brake covered and was paying attention.

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