justira ([personal profile] justira) wrote2010-07-28 02:42 pm

Getting hit by a car: not on my list of priorities

So. I have a post planned for today that I am still determined to do. But first, let me tell you, Internets.

Yesterday, while biking home, I got hit by a car.

Yes, I'm okay. Bruised up and pretty grumpy about it, but I am fine. At first I thought the bike was fine too, but turns out one of its pedals is completely borked; I'll have to replace it today.

But dang, guys. Hit by a car.

The depressing thing is that it will probably happen again! I was talking to [personal profile] owlmoose and she seemed kind of appalled to learn that I often bike on sidewalks. It turned out we were just coming from vastly different backgrounds. Her area has bike lanes, bike amenities, and drivers used to bikers. My area has NONE of these things. So it's like of COURSE I bike on the sidewalk? I don't want to get RUN OVER. If it's safe, I definitely jump in the street. But true story, internets: most of the time it ISN'T.

Anyway. The crash itself was pretty amazing. It was a dude turning around a corner way too fast right into me and I didn't even have time to bloody be scared. I didn't think. I swerved, ditched the bike, and apparently FLEW away from the car, because I landed safe and sound, standing up, feet away from the whole incident. The guy jumped out of his car and was just freaking TERRIFIED; I had to keep reassuring him that I was fine. Seriously, I felt bad for the guy.

Also some part of me or my bike wanged his mirror off the car, so I felt pretty bad about that, too. But dude, maybe you shouldn't hit bikers.

Come this morning though, I'm bruised and a bit stiff and mighty grumpy about my bike being borked, since I still had to use it to come in to work today. FFFFFF.

Anyway. So that is why I was so tired yesterday and didn't do anything big to celebrate the big 400 doodle mark and didn't post my post. Massive adrenaline aftershock will do that to you.
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[personal profile] shanaqui 2010-07-28 09:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Those moments in a crash where you just do what you need to do without thought are kind of amazing, in retrospect, aren't they?

I'm glad you are okay. *hug*
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[personal profile] shanaqui 2010-07-29 06:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Totally know that feeling! It's shock and adrenaline and so on. I jumped out of the way of a car crash once, which required very quick thinking: the only safe place was inside another car, and I had to get the door open, get in, and scramble into the other seat so I'd be further away from the point of impact, in about five seconds flat. I made it with time to spare, and I have no idea how. I never ever want to repeat the experience, but wow, I have no idea how I managed to think that fast. It's good to know you can do that, when you have to!
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[identity profile] auronlu.livejournal.com 2010-07-29 06:37 am (UTC)(link)
Holy cow. I am so so glad you're safe, though your fates definitely need to lay off for a while and weave your thread with nice soft gentle rayon!

Massive adrenaline may have prevented you from hurting when it happened, too.
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[personal profile] cesy 2010-09-02 05:33 am (UTC)(link)
I'm so glad you're safe. Bike crashes are scary.