Wednesday, April 25, 2007

collision







Here are some pics of my bike after the accident. I cannot believe the crank arm bent that way and I made it through with no broken bones. The impact knocked me out of my left shoe.
The driver failed to yield the right-of-way while turning left and plowed into me as I was going through the intersection. My head took a hard hit but I am thankful to the people at Giro for making a strong helmet: the Atmos. The driver was a 22 year old guy who actually dropped a get-well card into my mailbox and rang the doorbell to express his concern and regret for not seeing me. I told him we were both lucky.

James

3 comments:

Dave Beals said...

James,

Awesome pictures. You were indeed lucky. The insurance guy's comments are typical, and probably thought that the bike could be replaced for $300. I had a similar experience with my insurance company when one of my bikes was stolen. It was an old (but nice) reynolds 531 with nearly everything upgraded. I had to send in receipts and pages out of bike catalogs to prove the true cost of the bike. The insurance examiner was a young girl who just could not believe that a pair of Look pedals cost 150.00. I hope your experience with your ins company is better and i hope that your recovery is quick. If you are up to riding and need a bike, let me know. I can loan you one of mine (57cm).

James said...

Thanks Dave,
Recovery is going ok. Bike stuff is way too expensive, seriously. I never pay full price since I wait for sales, closeouts, hand-me-downs, and bike shop hookups. Looking at the bill for replacing everything I was somewhat shocked as well. Insurance coverage is a crazy business.

Zazu said...

Good words.