Mate got hit by car, mrs not keen on me cycling anymore...

ishaqmir

Regular
Hi everyone

I’m relatively new to road cycling, been cycling for about 6 months and absolutely love it, regardless of the weather, as long as I have the right clothing for it.

Now recently I got my mate into cycling who hasn‘t cycled for over a year and he started to really enjoy riding with me. Last Sunday was only his 3rd ride with me and he tagged along with me from Solihull to Coventry (I had work that day). I couldn’t believe my eyes when I crossed the roundabout safely but looked back to see that the same driver who had given me way had not seen my mate behind me and ran over his back wheel. Anyways, there was me and another 2 cyclists that saw everything, and the taxi driver who ran him over also came out and admitted he didnt see the cyclist. My mate ended up with a fractured wrist and has had to take a break from driving and work for 4-6 weeks. He is going through the drivers insurance company etc.

I was absolutely shocked on Sunday and felt very upset. Didnt feel like cycling anymore. Also, when I got home I had to tell the Mrs everything as she would have found out anyway. She is now saying she doesnt want me to cycle anymore...

What would everyone’s advice be in this situation so that I can quickly and safely get back onto the road again... also, any advice I could give to my friend so that I can encourage him to cycle with me again once he‘s fully recovered?
 

classic33

Legendary Member
Find quieter roads, to build your confidence back up and/or change the times(If possible) that you're on the roads.
 

dave r

Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner
Hi everyone

I’m relatively new to road cycling, been cycling for about 6 months and absolutely love it, regardless of the weather, as long as I have the right clothing for it.

Now recently I got my mate into cycling who hasn‘t cycled for over a year and he started to really enjoy riding with me. Last Sunday was only his 3rd ride with me and he tagged along with me from Solihull to Coventry (I had work that day). I couldn’t believe my eyes when I crossed the roundabout safely but looked back to see that the same driver who had given me way had not seen my mate behind me and ran over his back wheel. Anyways, there was me and another 2 cyclists that saw everything, and the taxi driver who ran him over also came out and admitted he didnt see the cyclist. My mate ended up with a fractured wrist and has had to take a break from driving and work for 4-6 weeks. He is going through the drivers insurance company etc.

I was absolutely shocked on Sunday and felt very upset. Didnt feel like cycling anymore. Also, when I got home I had to tell the Mrs everything as she would have found out anyway. She is now saying she doesnt want me to cycle anymore...

What would everyone’s advice be in this situation so that I can quickly and safely get back onto the road again... also, any advice I could give to my friend so that I can encourage him to cycle with me again once he‘s fully recovered?
Which roundabout was it? What area of Coventry are you heading for?
 
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ishaqmir

Regular
Which roundabout was it? What area of Coventry are you heading for?
we were still in Solihull at the big Catherine de Barnes roundabout which comes after Hampton Lane, just had to ride straight over, 2nd exit to Hampton in Arden. I always ride it on a Sunday to work, never had any problems, hardly any traffic on a Sunday morning...
 

dave r

Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner
we were still in Solihull at the big Catherine de Barnes roundabout which comes after Hampton Lane, just had to ride straight over, 2nd exit to Hampton in Arden. I always ride it on a Sunday to work, never had any problems, hardly any traffic on a Sunday morning...
I know where you are, I haven't been that way for a long time.
 

Sharky

Veteran
Location
Kent
Don't want to sound harsh to you or your mate, but you wouldn't stop driving if your mate had a bump in the car.

No matter how you cut it, it's still a very safe activity and you know the old saying about lightening striking twice. :okay:
Reminds me of what my old physics teacher said. If lightening never strikes twice, then lightening conductors would not be very effective after the first strike.
 

dave r

Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner
we were still in Solihull at the big Catherine de Barnes roundabout which comes after Hampton Lane, just had to ride straight over, 2nd exit to Hampton in Arden. I always ride it on a Sunday to work, never had any problems, hardly any traffic on a Sunday morning...
I've been refreshing my memory on google maps, there ain't many options round there and that is a quiet route between Cov and Solihull.
 

vickster

Legendary Member
https://www.cyclechat.net/threads/accident-advice.226114/
Point your friend in the direction of this link. If he is injured and is going to lose income, he may want to consider claiming against the driver and using a solicitor is the best way to do it. Companies like Leigh Day, Slater & Gordon and Bott &Co have specialist teams if he's not already sorted.

Consider getting some legal cover and 3rd party indemnity insurance if you don't have it already.

As above, you really just have to get back on the horse as soon as possible in a way that works for you
 
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