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bensewell

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bensewell says:

Knocked off bike for 1st time Advice please

I was knocked off my bike today around 17:20pm.  I was going home on my usual route home.  I was traveling on the A61 from Sheffield towards Barnsley in the right hand lane of the dual carriageway as i usually do. 

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A white car pulled out from across the other side of the road coming from Chaucer Road towards Wilcox Road and didn't see me.  I braked very hard and hit his back passenger (offside) wheel.  I came of the bike onto the floor. 

I got up, picked my bike up and wheeled it onto Wilcox Road where the White Car had pulled over.  An ambulance was called for safety and to check me out.  I have a bruised side and ankle and my bike is a scratched a little bit on the nearside, the forks / handlebars are a little out of line and some liquid came out of the bike when it fell on its side, also the bar end on the nearside came off.  I rode the bike home very slowly and noticed the front brake is very juddery and the handlebar was out of line. 

I have the details of an independent witness who saw the incident as he was traveling in same direction in the left hand lane of road. 

On summary it was obvious that the driver pulled out of the junction quickly to cut across the two lanes of traffic to try and beat the car in the left hand lane to get across the dual carriageway and didn't see my bike in the right lane and continued to come across the road in my path.

I'm not that bruised up but it really shook me up before this i managed 7k without any problems, just down to this idiot who didn't look properly.  I could see him coming at me so good job i started braking quick or I'd be over the bonnet or in his back window.

So I've reported it to the insurance and got his details at the time. 

What would you advise me to do? 

Definitely new helmet time though, although i can't remember banging my head it was that quick it might have so best be safe than sorry i think?

Was a bit scary mary lifting a bike from the floor on a dual carriageway road like a game of frogger.

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slider72

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slider72 says:

document everything

sorry to here about your 'collision' & pleased to here you are ok.

document anything you send/recieve etc, same as emails send them to yourself aswell.

anything sent through the post send it recorded delivery.

& keep it all in order in a folder.

 

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Steveyman

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Steveyman says:

Ben

I read your post again and suddenly realised I was in a very similar situation once.

I was 17 years old not long passed my test and driving a Hillman Imp on my way to college. (This was in 1983)

I was in the outside lane of a dual carriageway approching a set of traffic lights. They had just changed to green so I maintained a steady speed.

Next thing was a car suddenly pulled out of the inside lane straight out in front of me causing me to do an emergency stop. The brakes on a Hillman Imp were rubbish, but as I was skidding there was a side junction to the right so instead of ploughing into the back of the car that had pulled out infront of me I started aiming for the junction. Unfortunately I overshot the junction and hit the bollard on the central reservation causing me to spin around. I remember the bang when my right side rear wheel hit the curb of the central reservation.

At this point I was in a bit of shock, car was bent and didn't know who to have a go at because I didn't know who it was that pulled out on me.

A guy came over asking if I was ok, he said he saw what happened and gave me his details. At first I thought it was him that caused me to crash, and I kept thinking who the hell was it that pulled out on me?

I went to my insurance, told them what I knew that happened and the name and address of the guy that I spoke to, although I still didn't really know who he was.

Sometime later, may have been 6 - 12 months I had a strange looking letter through the door, not like I seen before. It was from the law courts in Birmingham basically telling me that the woman of the vehicle involved im my incident had been found guilty of careless driving and I recall I had compensation of £300.

The funny thing was I remember thinking, I don't rembember seeing anyone apart from the guy, no ambulance or police arrived at the scene, I certainly don't remember seeing a woman. My conclusion was she must have drove off.

I am grateful for the guy who stopped by as a witness.

Get as much info as you can and witnesses. Call for an ambulance to get you checked over. You might feel ok at the time but might suffer later. Get the police involved.

And let the insurance sort it out, it might take time but you never know.

Hope you get back on the road soon:smile

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Rob1000RR

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Rob1000RR says:

Sorry bensewell

to hear about the crash,some drivers just do not see bikes,they are so wrapped up in there own world surrounded by the car stereo and car body that they forget there are other road users.bloody idiots some of em!an all they manage to say is sorry mate,i didnt see you!Well they would have if they flippin looked properly in the first place.i had it happen to me and the insurers are quick to take your money but the minute they get a claim it becomes a bit of a battle!my advice,get yourself checked out properly and nail the driver that caused the crash as much as you can,no messing! i think all drivers that are the cause of the accident should automatically loose there licence until they are competent to be on the road again,that would probably make em think a bit more especially if it was advertised enough!we pay enough to the government so the least they could do is back us up a little by starting with a big shake up?ie;road conditions and drivers of cars,buses and lorries even bikes that were to blame for rtas.Good luck with it all .:doubt: 

 

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philehidiot

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philehidiot says:

Car stereo?!

You'd be so lucky - they're now listening to mp3 players with earphones in..... bet they the sound isolating type as well.... GRRRRR.

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Boult

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Boult says:

I'm with slowLearner

take your time to consider things in your own time.

You don't have to go with whichever legal firm your insurance company sells the details of this accident to  -  ask a question of MCN's legal expert. In the the end, you can choose the legal firm you want if you want to go down that route (I went with White Dalton but I should imagine all specialist bike lawyers are as good as each other).

Don't be rushed - I believe you've got 3 years to put any claim in.

Glad to hear you survived this one - don't let it put you off :smile

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bensewell

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bensewell says:

Thyings have started happening

So the bike is being picked up tomorrow and a hire bike dropped off with courtesy free to keep helmit.

My neck and shoulders are giving me some right jip.  Going off to the docs i think to double check.  And legs aching like i've been whacked with a bat.  Hey ho back on the road tomorrow again :)

They have asked me if i want to make a personal injury claim so i have given my details and will wait and see.  I'll put up more info on here when i know whats going on.  I really hope the bike is fixed because i can't be arsed with getting another bike and they will probably offer me rock bottom prices anyway.

Watch this space.!

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bensewell

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bensewell says:

Legal Rep

Would you recommend using a non-insurance solicitor to recover my costs?  I don't trust these sham companies some of the solicitors use.

I've learn't a massive insurance lesson with all this as well.

I went through Devitt and they sub-broker all the policy so i end up talking to three companies about the relevant part of my policy e.g.  Bike, Legal and Medical.  A right faff..  Will be paying more next time.  Cheap isnt always best.

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fuzzrr

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fuzzrr says:

Ben

Get hold of ACIC off the legal section on here to take care of all your legal issues. The 'legal team' you will be given by your insurers will suck ass. You do not have to use the solicitors they apoint you with.

And dont forget when you go for your check up...... Whiplash tends to creep up on you over night :winkie:

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bensewell

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bensewell says:

Cheers

I think i will make the most of this opportunity.  I'm back on two wheels tomorrow though, yeah!

I'm kind of being selfish hear but hope its written off then i can get a bit of  cash together and do the DAS course and maybe a bigger bike.  It will be the wet season soon anyway so I'm planning on going on work using the train until it gets better.  I haven't missed a day yet on the YBR from Feb until last week.  Out in all weathers but not risking the ice / snowy weather.

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bensewell

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bensewell says:

Legal Rep

So i could just contact ACIC and they could take over my case for me?

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