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My first little bump

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by summerdays, 29 Apr 2008.

  1. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Well it had to happen sometime... I was waiting to turn right off a busy(ish) road (Northumbria Drive in Henleaze) in a right filter box behind another cyclist. A lorry/truck thing: X363 XBR waiting to pull out right finally became so impatient that he pulled out and caught the back of my bike. I was unbalanced but not onto the ground - nice scuff marks on the mudguards - but at least the brand new bike seems OK. I yelled at him ... his reply I should have waited further up - in other words parrallel with the other cyclist waiting to turn right. Should I have ....?

    I was suprised by how shaken up I was considering that it was all at low speed and that I didn't end up on the ground. Made me realise that anything even slightly more major would leave me very very shaken up.
     
  2. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Oooh, unlucky you. Here's a choccy and a hot cuppa, hope you feel better soon. Given that it was a lorry, chances are it's a company vehicle. I'd report it to the police, and claim for the mudguard on his insurance. Sure, it's a small amount of money, but he needs the lesson on driving, clearly. This is also how his transport manager is likely to find out about his misdemeanor, and a good route for you to complain to the company as well.

    Here's some gen on finding out about vehicle registrations:
    http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=997.0
     
  3. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    Sorry to hear about that. His comments are totally incorrect you are entitled to wait where you you like.

    Glad you are OK
     
  4. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    What a self-gratification artist! :angry::angry:
     
  5. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    Even if you were waiting in the wrong place, which you weren't, it hardly excuses him driving into you.
     
  6. MERV

    MERV New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road
    Some of these people in their metal boxes go completely loopy.
     
  7. mr_cellophane

    mr_cellophane Veteran

    Location:
    Essex
    I check vehicle registrations on www.askmid.co.uk. You have to tell a white lie that you own the vehicle, but it checks it is insured and if so confirms the make and model

    This was a FORD (U.K) PICK UP - DOUBL
     
  8. OP
    OP
    summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Thank you for the sympathy and tea ...

    Sorry I'm not registered with YACF so I can't see that topic

    But what can I do with the information - I rang the police but they said there isn't a system to record this ... that the only charge would be careless driving and that given the minor nature without witnesses (in a more serious incident I don't know I would think to get witnesses), that the CPS wouldn't do anything.

    I can almost see the word camera dancing before my eyes....
     
  9. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    You should still report it to get an incident number, then use it to get to their insurance to make the mudguard claim.
     
  10. Trillian

    Trillian New Member

    ask them if there is a system to record a collision with another vehicle or not

    you are, in the eyes of the law a vehicle, the lorry has collided with you, and by the sounds of it, has left the scene of the accident

    the police just can't be bothered and thus should be hastled
     
  11. Yup. What Trillian said. 4 sure.
     
  12. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    It is increasable how lazy the police are when it come to these things, just because we choose to ride a bike doesn't mean we don't have the right to be protected by the law....
     
  13. OP
    OP
    summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    I'm feeling worse this morning as I keep thinking what if he had knocked me off properly ... I think I would have fallen towards the lorry. I've got to go back through the same junction this morning ...
     
  14. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Shame, sympathies. This can be very mentally intimidating. One thing that works for me is to use the extra mental pressure to focus on your cyclecraft, riding more smoothly and putting effort into owning your space on the road.
     
  15. Maz

    Maz Guru

    I thought this thread was going to have some ultrasound scan pics. :evil:
    Glad you are OK, summerdays.

    I nearly got knocked off at this RAB this a.m. I was already on it and the driver tries to join in front of me, beeping like I'd done summat wrong.:sad: