First little accident

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by PrettyboyTim, 24 Sep 2007.

  1. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    I had my first commuting accident today. I was heading home, coming up through Kentish Town towards Archway and I had just travelled over a traffic light and was coming up to another where I turn right. I was concerned about a car that was travelling behind me (and whether they were going to leave me enough space in the lane) but spent a little too long checking them out - when I looked forward again I realised that:

    a) The van in front of me was about 3-4 metres away.
    :biggrin: The van in front of me was stationary.
    :biggrin: I was not.

    I slammed on the brakes, but it wasn't enough and I hit the back of the van. My back wheel went up and my helmet bumped into the rear of the van, and my groin went forward into the handlebar stem :biggrin:.

    Luckily, I was fine apart from that annoying 'hit in the nads' feeling, and a feeling of embarrassment. The bus driver to my left seemed to think it was pretty funny after I gave him my best comedy 'I've just been kicked in the balls' expression and made some joke about being in the circus. The lady in the car I'd been worried about pulled up aside next to ask me if I was all right :sad:. Anyway - bike seems fine, after about half a mile the family jewels felt fine, and the helmet has no visible (new) marks on it.

    For an accident, I'm pleased that I got away that lightly, but I guess I need to think about how I can stop it happening again!
  2. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    Sounds painful, Tim! And what about the van you hit? Did the driver say anything?
  3. OP

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    There was no visible damage on the van as far as I could see, and the driver didn't get out. I didn't hit him that hard, so it's possible he didn't notice, especially if he was just stopping at the time as well (it all happened so fast I don't really remember if he was completely still or just stopping at the moment of impact). Having recovered myself I was just thinking I should probably go and say sorry, but then the lights changed and he moved off. It was a BT OpenWorld van, if I recall correctly.
  4. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    Oops!! I've done it myself. Double oops.
  5. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member least, they're the words that are now imprinted on your forehead following the impact! :biggrin:
  6. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    target fixation

    have to learn to not dawdle with rear obs, good position and planning reduces the need to worry about whats behind

    anything you walk away from ...
  7. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Look where you're going?
  8. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Is your front wheel ok?
  9. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    I hit a parked car when I was young cos I was watching my gears change:blush: Did my forks in and I got a fat lip. I'm surprised your bike's ok!
  10. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    My bike's fine, but I'm not the one that's crashed.
  11. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    I'm surprised your bike's ok
  12. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    S Yorks

  13. Christ a BTOpenWorld.Dunno why but I trust these even less.

    Either that or Royal Mail red.
  14. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    I once ran up the rear of a neighbours new 928 Porshe whe I was a kid....... Left a dent but the bloke was OK about it ! My family still wind me up about it and I'm 37
  15. GrahamG

    GrahamG Veteran

    +1! Embarrassing to say the least :biggrin:
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