I Was Hit By A Van, Ended Up In A&E, Pictures Of Bike And Rider Enclosed.

20 07 2010

I  was ready to congratulate myself, I had done a 18% hill on my MTB and was on for a 20 mile commute, on a MTB, with off-road tyres, The elevation of the Col De Tameside can be seen below (Video uploading at the moment to youtube too)

I climbed past Werneth Low golf club before turning round and heading to work.

I got to Rusholme, Manchester and was around 2/3 miles to work, I was heading though a green light, there was a white van on the other side of the road, he was turning right, across my lane and into a side street on my left, See the picture below for an idea.

Me The Cyclist RED Car (Only I was going straight) Van was the Blue Car, There was No Green Car

I was over the junction when he pulled out, I screamed and I do mean SCREAMED, unclipped, hit the brakes but it was all in vain, he hit me with the front corner of his van, I was still screaming while he hit me, I somersaulted around 5 times, I hit the ground the back of my head first, then my back, I was in agony, I screamed “you stupid ***** **** **** *** ****** ******* ****” then it all went dark.

The next thing  I’m surrounded by paramedics, on oxygen, in a neck brace and strapped to a spinal board, the pain isn’t something I could ever put into words, As I am loaded into the ambulance I head the driver say “He must have hit the back of my van after I cleared the junction, I didn’t hear him hit, just screaming, so I stopped” at this point I had to be held down to the board, although I was strapped down and I was fighting to get up, there was no way I was going to allow him to get away with it, lucky there were a couple of witness that corroborated my account of the collision.

I had been knocked from Wilmslow road to half way down a bloody side street for god sake !

NEVER One To Miss a Photo opportunity !

The police came to see me in hospital and confirmed that the driver has been charged with “Driving Without Due Care & Attention” That was a weight off my mind for sure, It was down to the witnesses, the police said the driver said “I was lost” I was calm by the point and told the officer that I screamed at the driver and at no point did he look at the road he was crossing (Wimslow Road, so not a minor road) accidents happen, but he could have killed me, if I hadn’t unclipped and got my leg ready to push me back then due to the angle of the bonnet that hit me I WOULD have ended up under his wheels.

Going for the Casual look !

Im ok, mentally I am struggling with what happened and physically im beat up BUT nothing is broken and it could have been so much worse than it was, it’s a good job that one of the 2 road users were paying attention to what was going on, shame it wasnt the driver of the 4tonne killing machine !

To make it worse, I was on my 2 day old Cube and it looks like a right off:

Cube Ltd Comp After Accident

Lessons Learnt from Today:

Spinal Boards HURT !

Van’s Hurt

Neck Braces stop you breathing

I NEED to wear my helmet from now on

Being in a ambulance with the lights and sirens on is way too cool :D

This will be harder to get over mentally than physically

Finally I just wanted to thank the passers-by, the witnesses , the paramedics, the doctors and the police,all of whom were bloody amazing and without you all only god knows where I would be now !

As for the van driver ? Well mate if you read this I don’t think my kids are too happy with you !!!!!!!!

**************EDIT: Got up this morning (21st July) and passed out in the kitchen :0(*******************

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48 responses

20 07 2010
SwindonCyclist

Crikey – isn’t this two incidents in a week.

Glad I’m down here and not cycling with you.

Congrats for getting a mountain bike up that road too!

Did you have your camera on?

20 07 2010
39stonecyclist

This puts the other incident into the shade tho.

Your right Swindon seems a better place to cycle then up here.

Cheers

Sure did, Video is in upload mode as we speak.

20 07 2010
Matt

Glad your ok, hope the mental thing doesnt put you off riding.

As for Swindon being better for cycling, I think thats about all it has going for it (I can say that, I live way to close to the place!)

20 07 2010
39stonecyclist

Cheers Mate, Not sure I feel OK LOL

Anywhere has to be better than this loody place !!!!

That said the driver wasnt a local !

Nowt will put me off riding, just gonna have a few days to recover tho !

Gaz

20 07 2010
ian...

Blimey Gaz – two in a week.

A real shame about your new bike, but THE main thing is that you are okay.

I hope the driver gets a rollocking – not in a revenge sort of way, just to make him realise how dangerous it is not paying attention behind the wheel.

Have a good rest ;>)

21 07 2010
39stonecyclist

Hi Mate

Yeah, ok, ermm, actually I have just passed out and feel a million times worse than yesterday BUT i’ alive and thats all I can hope for right now !

The way Ifeel im not bothered about the bike, i’ll get it sorted tho.

As for the driver ? %&* *&%$&* ***$*$& *$&%^%

20 07 2010
Tim

Good God, you’re having quite a week! Hope you’re better soon.

21 07 2010
39stonecyclist

LOL Thanks Mate

21 07 2010
martinsj2

Very sorry to hear about this but happy to see you are on the mend. You’ve accomplished way too much to let some loon in a van knock you off the road. Get well soon and I look forward to reading about your continued adventures!

21 07 2010
39stonecyclist

Thanks mate, I have been in a huge fight for the last 2 years, I aint gonna let almost being killed stop me, Its just gonna be a few days/weeks before Im back on form.

21 07 2010
southlondoncyclist

I dare say you may be able to claim off the van driver for the damage to the bike.

Having had one proper off and a rather scary near miss myself, both from drivers turning right from a major to minor I know it is a horrid experience. I think the problem is you can see the driver and in theory they should have seen you……..
Consequently the only way to avoid collisions are normally good brakes and cat like reactions!

Glad your OK tho and hope you heal well, both inside and out :-)

21 07 2010
39stonecyclist

Yeah, with him being charged it would be pretty simple, if time consuming.

The ironic thing is tho, I did have cat like reaction and hydraulic brakes, crazy !

Thanks mate

21 07 2010
John the Monkey

If you’re in CTC, their legal bods are very good – if not, lots of folk recommend Bikeline.

See Bollo’s post on Cycle-Chat for some detail on what to expect, feel free to mail me if you want any into from my experience. Photograph (or get someone to photograph) your injuries NOW, and record the progress of healing. Keep a diary of what hurts, when, and how it affects what you do. Go over the bike carefully and record & photograph every scratched up & dinged part – also do this with your kit.

Oh, and get well soon, sounds like it could have been worse!

21 07 2010
39stonecyclist

Thanks mate, Appreciate that and your right, had I not have been paying attention I would have been under his wheels !

21 07 2010
Richard Phillips

Wow! Just glad you are OK. Every cyclist has been in that situation, having to trust that the car turning in front has seen you. Take it easy for a few days, bad news on the bike, hope you can claim against the van drivers insurance. All the best, Richard

21 07 2010
39stonecyclist

Thanks Richard mate, appreciate your comments, i’ll get the bike and rider sorted in the end :D

Gaz

21 07 2010
Jim

Gaz,

Came across your blog via cyclechat a few weeks ago, been following since. Seriously impressed with what you’ve achieved for yourself.

With regards to getting over this mentally, I was in a major car crash when I was 16 (passenger) just two weeks before I was due to start driving lessons. When I was well enough, I decided the only way to get over it was to finally take those lessons and pass. So my recommendation is ease yourself back into it as soon as the achy bits will allow. You wont regret it, and you do like climbing hills afterall :D !.

Get well soon.

Jim in Denton

p.s. a WVM let me out of a junction this monring, so they’re not all bad! (just most of em!)

21 07 2010
39stonecyclist

Hi Jim Mate

Glad you are enjoying the blog, shame you had to read about something like this tho.

I think mentally I was to put all my anger into my cranks and just get it out that way, physically I cant walk yet ! so once the 2 come together i’ll be on it.

Thanks and your right, I was praising one for staying behind me in Didsbury only the other day.

Gaz

21 07 2010
Geoff

Hi Gaz
That sounded nasty mate, I am relived your OK’ish! and that the Police are prosecuting, his insurance company WILL have a hard time wriggling out of your claim but unfortunately try they will.

So I suggest getting yourself an ambulance chaser (God I hate them but when needs must…) its a clear enough cut case even for their feeble evaluation people!

And you should get enough out of it for a new bike at least, even after they have taken the lion share.

Get well soon and try to resist getting back on the bike too quickly you WILL need time to heal.

Geoff

21 07 2010
39stonecyclist

Geoff Mate

Your right, I have wittness, the police are kicking his arse, im in a state and yet they will do all they can to get out of it.

Your right, its a good job the Sube is un-ridable and the Surosa is in bits :(

Gaz

21 07 2010
ian...

Gaz, re: the ambulance chasers. Sure I’ve read somewhere that the company ctc use are one of the well known ones off the telly.

I sincerely hope you get back in the saddle asap, but if you ain’t 100% then don’t rush. A good rest won’t do you any harm, and neither will a few nerves to begin with when you get back on the bike ;o)

21 07 2010
39stonecyclist

Hi mate, I believe they use Russell Jones, Walker, but will confirm once I have my head round things better, I wrote everything down to ensure I dont forget anything.

Your right, not sure when its gonna be and I am already nervy about it now :(

21 07 2010
SwindonCyclist

I read on some other chaps blog up your end about a collision he had with a van, and then a woman driving her car at him a couple of days after a taxi driver rammed the back of him.

They gave up cycling for self preservation, but the bug slowly wound him back in.

You’ll be fine mate – confidence is what you need, and a couple of normal non commute rides to get yourself back into the swing.

If I lived any closer, I’d offer to accompany you – but am glad I don’t have to cycle round your end.

21 07 2010
39stonecyclist

I have to say the standard of driving on Mancheester’ roads isnt great, but cycling is who I am, it will be hard but I cant quit on myself, not now, not so close to my goals and not ever.

Thats a kind offer, thank you, but one I cant take up, hopfully Swindon is better for cycling tho !

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21 07 2010
mark shaw

Been following your blog quite a while now at least you are ok, your two independant witnesses are worth their weight in gold that is why the cops have reported the WVM for due care.. only settle for a large compo claim

21 07 2010
39stonecyclist

I do hope he gets the book thrown at him , having passed out twice today and the mount of pain im in , all because he didnt look just makes me so mad.

Thanks for your comment tho, glad your enjoying the blog

21 07 2010
mark shaw

I used to live in hyde and work in Manchester, so I know a lot of the places you mention and film, get back on the bike soon and keep on blogging

21 07 2010
39stonecyclist

Cheers mate, Not sure when it will be BUT i’ll be back !!!!

22 07 2010
Clive Chapman

Bloody hell! Glad you’re ok!

22 07 2010
39stonecyclist

Tell me about it mate, Not sure ok is the right word, alive yes, ok ? not really LOL

22 07 2010
Richard Hughes

So sorry to read this! I hope you get better soon and get back on the bike. I also hope you’re able to make a decent claim against the driver!

Take care and hang in there.

22 07 2010
39stonecyclist

Thanks mate, appreciate that.

A claim should be ok if I decide thats what im gonna do, with the driver being charged n all.

Gaz

22 07 2010
gerald

all the best gaz – get well soon – don’t rush it and you’ll get there.

22 07 2010
39stonecyclist

Cheers Man, Appreciae your comments

Gaz

22 07 2010
welshcyclist

Very upsetting to read about your experience, but very pleased to hear that you are OK. When will these people learn to pay attention to our presence on the roads?

22 07 2010
39stonecyclist

Cheers man, I just hope a charge of “Without due care and attention” will help eh ? Nahhh maybe not !

Gaz

22 07 2010
Peter Martin

Bloody hell mate – absolutely gutted to read this. Scares the bejeepers right out of me… Any chance with your compo you could buy me a winter bike? ;-) just kiddin mate, I hope your recoup is swift and your remuneration hefty!

Seriously mate I think I’m gona have to stop reading your blog before I give up my bike and return to my fly fishin whiskey swiggin ways of old… Not to mention the double burger and chips on the way home! ;-)

PM

22 07 2010
39stonecyclist

Aye tell me about it buddy :( but crap happens eh .

Forget a winter bike mate, infact your right you should stop cycling, it eill be a shame ut dont worry about your Trek mate, send it me, i’ll ride it like I stole it :D hehe only kidding mate :D

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3 08 2010
Dave

Hey Gaz,

Sorry to hear about your RTC, but glad to see you’re back on two wheels!

It’s vital that you stay on your bike.
No disrespect meant, but; if you have a propensity for weight gain, then keeping fit is the best way to keep your weight under control. :)

I wouldn’t say that Manchester drivers are any worse/better than any other place, however, as you’ve found, it only takes one inattentive idiot to make it a bad day! :(

I rode to Manchester today (Mon 2nd Aug) and out of the thousands of vehicles I’d passed, or been passed by, I only found two.

One was an idiot who was on his mobile.
I pointed this out.
The lights were red long enough for me to tell him the statistics: mobile users are 4-times more likely to be in an accident, stats similar to the effects of drink driving, which is seen as socially unacceptable.

He didn’t like me telling him off and asked if I was the police.
I said “No, I’m the kind of person you might hit one day because you’re paying more attention to the phone than the road.

The lights changed, and although he was arguing with me, I wasn’t interested and simply said “Look man, you’re in the wrong and you know it. Grow up and accept it!”

The other incident was a left hook on Ashton Old Road.
Guy overtook me, turned left (forcing me to brake fairly hard) into side street.

I noticed he was turning into a car rental place, so I stopped and went to the car park where he was stopping.

I’m not the kind of person for screaming and swearing, so I was stern, but polite.

To make a long story short, I explained what he’d done, and that from my perspective it was a pretty daft thing to do and that waiting an extra couple of seconds and turning after I’d passed the side road would have been safer.

He apologised, and I gave him the thumbs up saying “Just be a little more careful in the future, okay”

Judginf from your blog, you’re something like me, pretty calm about things.

Pointing fingers and raising voices only leads to road rage and arguements that don’t get anywhere.

Everyone makes mistakes… I’m no different.

Unfortunately, I’ve started to rant a bit…. I do that at times! ;)
I’ll shut up now! :)

So, hope the aches are leaving.

Keep on pedalling!

Cheers

Dave

3 08 2010
39stonecyclist

Hi Dave Mate

Thanks for your message of support, really appreciate it.

You’re right about time off the bike, seems I just pile the weight on, apart from when I was on Holiday, any enfoced time off the bike normally results in a few pounds gained !

Your probs right, there are good and bad drivers EVERYWHERE, I have been waved out of Jct’s by van drivers, given room by them etc etc and then one hits me, its the way of the world really !

Yup it seems we are alike, no matter how bad the situation I have never ever gone looking for someone (until Mr Nissan) and its very very rare for me to sware at someone let alone shout, I just let 99% of things pass over, like water off a ducks back !

Everyone does indeed make mistakes….. I have done it…..and I am sure I will again…Whats important is to learn from them and when they are pointed out to you is take them on the chin like an adult, as opposed to going on the offencive !

Aches are still everywhere but I am giving myself a beating at the moment, so its to be expected

thanks very much again for your comment mate

Gaz

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18 10 2010
May

OMG… I was hit by a Van in July. I feel your pain. The driver who hit me did not get a ticket and got off the hook while I’m currently going through treatment for my neck, back, and head injuries. I had hearing lose for a few weeks, which was scary. Now, I’m expereincing double vision and can’t stand the light. How did this all happened? I was riding on the sidewalk heading down the hill to catch the bike path, came to the intersection and saw this big green van coming fast. He had a stop sign but I was afraid that he would not stop, so I stopped first. Waited to see what his actions were before I proceed. I look at him straight in the eyes and he had a stop sign. He did stop completely but outside of his legal area. So I though it was safe for me to continue. I proceed out on the crosswalk and BAM! next thing I know, I’m down and the police and ambulance all around me. Thought I did everything right and still got hit. What is wrogn with these drivers?

18 10 2010
39stonecyclist

Scary isnt it, there isnt any sight of a settlement in my claim, despite the van driver being charged by the police, all good fun eh ?

One day, Van drivers will learn not to rus us cyclists off the road !!!!!

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