First big accident

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Tynan, 25 Sep 2007.

  1. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    5.50 last evening, tearing down Adelaide road watching the potholes, looked up to see an enormous Freelander turning right from the oppo lane, and feet in front of me

    didn't so much as twitch before piling into it just in front of the door, way over the top, somersault and landed headfirst and rotating into the gutter and across the curb, ouch

    stayed down without thinking, caught the curb across my right side, stunned/shock, the happy chatter of witnesses that saw everything, a top bloke that was 'right behind you' was excellent, keep me talking, bandaged a man sized scrape down my right arm that made a frankly alarming puddle of blood in the road

    started to be helped up after a while, thinking i was fairly ok. and went back down again with a yelp as something hurt big time in right shoulder

    coppers and ambulances all arrived in good order

    ooh there was another cyclists chattering away in the background telling me how impressive the accident had been, he's done that but nothing like as high or as far, it was superb etc

    and whoever called the ambulance told them i was doing '25-30' at the time

    erm thanks for that, I wish. maybe 25

    four hours in the Royal Free, x-rays, all ok barring a close fracture of the tip of the Acromio-clavicular joint, top of the shoulder to us laymen

    a jolly Irish male nurse scrubbed all the grit and dirt and dried blood out of the man sized scrape, ouch, and stuck great big very sticky dressings onto my hairy arm

    two red and two white pills for what feels like every single muscle on the right side of my torso being strained and torn, that really hurts

    erm that's it really, two- three weeks in a sling, fracture clinic in two weeks

    what of that lovely four month old Cannondale you cry? Both wheels making cicus clown shapes, mudguards disassembled, the Lbs will have to assess thereafter

    got drivers details from the cops, it was his mum's car and he was a100m from home, tsk

    really sore but could have been shags worse so no complaints here, I realy should have seen it earlier but i think he just went for the turn without slowing to beat the car behind me

    ooh and my head/helmet gave the road a firm tap as part of the landing, the liner is cracked right through for about an inch above the point of tap, nice one Giro

    rest of this week off for sure, to practice wincing and yelping, won't be much getting picked up from the floor today

    ooh, and the dhb 2006 bib longs that arrived during the day and were put on for testing 15 minutes prior were really excellent, and as an added bonus, nice and warm in the hossy

  2. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK

    Glad you lived to tell the tale.... Sounds spectacular!

    I'm sure I've read that sometimes it helps not to have time to react, because your reaction would generally be to tense up, making any fall worse. Still, you'd rather not be in the position at all I guess...

    Hope the week off isn't marred by too much pain;). Is Giro one of the companies that offer a discounted helmet replacement after an accident?
  3. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Behind a desk
    Spectacular shunt, well done.

    Glad you're ok and no serious harm. Remember to keep the painkillers next to the bed so that you can take a couple first thing, otherwise getting out of bed can be a bugger.

    Keep records of absolutely every expense associated with this - bike, clothing, loss of earnings, physio, massage etc.

    Fricking 4x4s. I'd cull the lot of them.
  4. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Phew - glad it's nothing major. The key things to remember for the claim are the constant back pain, the personality change, the impotence, the nightmares, the flashbacks.................:biggrin:
  5. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    Commiserations!! Here's a hot cuppa and an air hug. Wouldn't want to hurt the shoulder or road rash.
  6. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Guildford / London
    Glad you're ok Tynan, a nasty accident for sure.

    Not much I can say really other than "Get well soon" !! Seriously though, take it easy the next few days as you've had a BIG shock to the system.
  7. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    No luck Tynan. Glad to see your fingers are still up to typing! Going by your description of the accident you are a very lucky ducky. Hope you get fully recompensed and back to full fitness asap.
  8. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Nasty! Glad you're still alive to tell the tale!
  9. OP

    Tynan Veteran

    thank-you one and all, lucky indeed although I've alwa been lucky in the matter of major impacts, this would be the first time I've needed the hospital, still, landing on the curb isn't a good idea

    that initial thread was painfully picked out with the left hand I thank you to know although they're both going now, shoulder's fine as long it doesn't take any arm weight or generally do anything

    LBS mechanice doesn't like the look of the forks or the frame, the words 'write off' have been uttered, being given the proper check now

    perhaps sir gets the chance to get a proper road bike after all, go even faster erm ... umm ...

    and fear not on the PI claim, the lady wife is a barrister and is rightly indignant about someone hurting the light of her life (something likek that) already taken plenty of snaps of me in the hospital, asking the nurse to get out of the way and stopping him dressing the scrape so she could get a snap

    I've seen the one of the arm pre clean and it's impressive, I'll post that later on for oohs and aahs

    And she's rather peeved that what will doubtless be freak show side show bruises are yet to appear (us old fellas take time to get proper sore and bruised)

    suspect junior will be getting a fairly big one on mummy's insurance

    thanks again all, appreciated
  10. Sounds Nasty:ohmy:, hope you recover soon
  11. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Ouch - best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    (And a nice, shiny new bike, natch :biggrin: )
  12. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    I think this story is a complete load of bollocks to try and upstage prettyboytim's accident. Remember who we're dealing with here.
  13. OP

    Tynan Veteran


    good man bonj

    stand by later for pictures of the scrape, some sundry grazes and a well buggered bike

    and some bruises for the weekend

    you horrid man
  14. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    could be any injury pictures you've looked up on the internet bimbly. All a bit too conveniently dramatic for my liking, mate - heroic somersault, pool of blood, hard enough to get straight up again, hmmm...just a bit suspicious
  15. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Behind a desk
    Yeah, now you mention it Bonj, the timing is a BIT suspicious.
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