ogre727
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My First Car Accident - Terrible

Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:25 pm

Hi all,

So I was driving my car on Thursday (actually I was on my way to buy a new computer so I can use the FSX I bought about two years ago).

Anyways, I got to a traffic light and I stopped (it was red). Once I got the green light I started accelerating when this young woman, who was riding her bicycle did not see that she had a red light, failed to stop and got in front of my car. To make things worse, there was construction on the road, and all the equipment and materials blocked the view to my left, where she was coming from.

Altough I stepped on the breaks I hit her. Not too badly as I was only doing about 25 kms/hr when I saw her. I still hit her and she landed on my car and then onto the sidewalk.

I just called her. She broke her leg (not the leg I hit, the other one I think when landing).

Guys, I really feel terrible. I never so much as scratched my car in the 10 years or so I have been driving on a continuous basis. I am careful, never drink and drive (always take a cab), always let a safe distance between my car and the one in front, etc. etc.

But still. The accident keeps playing in my head and I feel terrible. The police was really nice to me and all throughout the whole thing... I need to get over it... but I am having a hard time...
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fatmirjusufi
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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:34 pm

Grüezi Ogre,

I think you don't have to worry. Things like that happens and I'm glad you and that woman are great (even she had some minor wounds) .
At least you have to understand something - it was not your fault. That's more important.

Take care.  Smile
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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:41 pm

Accidents happen, fortunately the women does not have any serious injuries and everything will be fine. I assume you have insurance which can pay for damage. 10 years with not one accident that is pretty good. And it was not your fault either nothing you could do about it. I had two accidents in less than a year. Both were not my fault, one a guy made a illegal left turn right in front of my car while I was going through an intersection. Other I was stopped in traffic and a guy rear ended me which was not fun either but no injuries that was the most important thing, neither were my fault so no penalty and the cars came back good as new.

Dont worry about it everyone has an accident sometime.
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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:56 pm



Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 2):
I assume you have insurance which can pay for damage.

Isn’t it more like her insurance that has to pay? It wasn’t Ogre’s fault, so why should his insurance have to pay even one centime?
 
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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:00 pm

Despite the leg injury, no one is seriously hurt. No one was killed.

On the scale of things - not a terrible accident.

One thing you might consider changing in your driving habits is intersections and red lights.

A company my father worked for instituted a policy long ago that required company drivers to wait when the lights changed to not be the first vehicle through the light. Now I know that is not always possible.

But in my personal experience in Dallas where we have a lot of red lights with three lanes of traffic in each direction it has paid off. In the 23 years I've lived here, four times while I wait to start across a light, occasionally with horns honking behind me - a driver beside me who pulled out into the intersection has been t-boned by someone trying to beat the yellow/red light.

I approach every intersection, especially starting from red lights - as if some idiot is going to run the light and try to kill me.
 
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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:20 pm



Quoting RFields5421 (Reply 4):
Despite the leg injury, no one is seriously hurt. No one was killed.

On the scale of things - not a terrible accident.

One thing you might consider changing in your driving habits is intersections and red lights.

A company my father worked for instituted a policy long ago that required company drivers to wait when the lights changed to not be the first vehicle through the light. Now I know that is not always possible.

But in my personal experience in Dallas where we have a lot of red lights with three lanes of traffic in each direction it has paid off. In the 23 years I've lived here, four times while I wait to start across a light, occasionally with horns honking behind me - a driver beside me who pulled out into the intersection has been t-boned by someone trying to beat the yellow/red light.

I approach every intersection, especially starting from red lights - as if some idiot is going to run the light and try to kill me

Or just delay the departure...which I think you said you do  Smile
Today I was driving back from the Airport...and a roadwork light...5 cars obviously went through the red light as mine was on green and the road section was only 50 feet...so that was stupid...
 
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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:39 pm

Thanks for your messages. Yes, I do have insurance, so that part should be Ok.

Regarding some of the ideas, Zurich is rather small, so you are always kind of bound to be the first car through the light  Smile

Delaying the start sounds like a good idea.
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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:00 pm



Quoting Ogre727 (Reply 6):
Yes, I do have insurance, so that part should be Ok.

Again I ask: Why does it matter if you have insurance or not, when the accident was not your fault?
 
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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:58 pm



Quoting Aero145 (Reply 7):
Again I ask: Why does it matter if you have insurance or not, when the accident was not your fault?

Because under swiss law even if I am not guilty I might still have to pay a fine. Crazy. But true.
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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:01 pm



Quoting Ogre727 (Reply 8):
Because under swiss law even if I am not guilty I might still have to pay a fine. Crazy. But true.

Yeah, Swiss Rules! Big grin
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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:18 pm



Quoting Ogre727 (Reply 8):
Because under swiss law even if I am not guilty I might still have to pay a fine. Crazy. But true.

 rotfl  Okay how the hell can that be?
I’m waiting on a red light at an intersection, and somebody rear-ends me. Both cars are a complete mess, and the somebody that crashed into me has to go to the hospital. Should I have to pay a fine for being on the road? Not enough to pay taxes?

Quoting FatmirJusufi (Reply 9):
Yeah, Swiss Rules! 

Ow?
 
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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:03 pm



Quoting Aero145 (Reply 3):
Isn’t it more like her insurance that has to pay? It wasn’t Ogre’s fault, so why should his insurance have to pay even one centime?



Quoting Aero145 (Reply 10):
I’m waiting on a red light at an intersection, and somebody rear-ends me. Both cars are a complete mess, and the somebody that crashed into me has to go to the hospital. Should I have to pay a fine for being on the road? Not enough to pay taxes?

The two accidents I was involved in both of the other drivers were at fault, both received moving violations for what they did so no problem for paying for damage right? Wrong. If I actually want my car to be fixed in less than 5 months I had to report it to my insurance company. They pay for the damage I pay the deductible and than they take the other drivers insurance companies to court so they get their money back and I get my money back. How ever the first accident driver had a suspended license and no insurance so we are just stuck with the Bill. Things like that happen often in Miami many uninsured drivers out there. The other accident I had went to traffic court and now I guess just waiting for the process to get my money back. This guy thankfully was licensed and had insurance.

But if someone hits you and even if it was not your fault at all and you go to the hospital etc.. If they don't have insurance than your stuck with the bill. At least that's the way it works in the US. Than of course in the US the Law Suit capital of the world you not only have to cover your car and medical expensive if god forbid you caused an accident but also personal liability because so many people out there go after more than medical and repair bills. So it just adds to the cost of insurance.
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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:16 pm

Sorry to hear about your accident, must be really traumatic. The worst I've done is run over a pigeon on my bike, and that had me in shudders. Must be pretty hard if it's a person. Confident you'll get through it though  Smile

Quoting Ogre727 (Reply 8):
Because under Swiss law even if I am not guilty I might still have to pay a fine. Crazy. But true.

I think they basically consider that in an accident between a car and a bike, the car is pretty much automatically at fault. Stupid. Some cyclists (me included probably) do terribly irresponsible things and expect people to deal with it. Arg.

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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:56 pm



Quoting RFields5421 (Reply 4):
But in my personal experience in Dallas where we have a lot of red lights with three lanes of traffic in each direction it has paid off. In the 23 years

Great advice - I used to do the exact same thing when I lived in Phoenix - because there were far too many red light runners and lots of t-bone accidents in intersections. Here in California, we have ALOT of red-light cameras that keeps the number of red-light runners down - well, somewhat.  Silly
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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:23 pm

I know you must feel bad, and I'm sure most of us would feel exactly the same way. I think in the end you have to remember, whether by accident or not, she ran the red light. Would you expect other people to avoid hitting you if you sailed through a red? Through carelessness, or perhaps just a moment of inattention, she put herself at risk. In the ideal case you would have been able to avoid her but that isn't always possible.
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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:40 pm

I've had a lot of problems here with cyclists lately - "20-something's" weaving in and out of places at a fairly high speed (maybe 20-30 km/hr) and seemingly expecting motorists to treat them with the same caution as motorists should with children.

I just about clipped a guy last week. He was riding down a sidewalk at 20 km/hr. I didn't see him on the sidewalk, I turned right at an intersection, in front of him, and just missed him. I don't know if I would have been at fault. I was shocked first, then extremely p.o.'d.

I'd like to see the cops writing a few traffic tickets for cyclists. I have a bike myself, but I ride it with the traffic rules in mind.
 
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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:59 pm



Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 15):
I just about clipped a guy last week. He was riding down a sidewalk at 20 km/hr. I didn't see him on the sidewalk, I turned right at an intersection, in front of him, and just missed him. I don't know if I would have been at fault. I was shocked first, then extremely p.o.'d.

Why wouldn’t you be at fault? If he’s allowed riding on the sidewalk, and he would have crashed into you, you would be at fault.

I once was biking around 30 km/hr and crashed into a car driving out of a car park. The driver was at fault, as he didn’t wait - just drove straight onto the road without checking for pedestrians or cyclists.
 
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Tue Jul 21, 2009 11:15 pm

I have had one accident that was my fault and one that was not. Both times I was scared just like you but I in order to conquer this, I got behind the wheel looking carefully for hazards. Good luck and remember, this happens to the best of us. Driving 10yrs w/o being in an accident is pretty good in my book.

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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:23 pm



Quoting Aero145 (Reply 16):
Why wouldn't you be at fault? If he's allowed riding on the sidewalk, and

Well, as far as I know, riding bikes on the sidewalk is not permitted. It is dangerous for pedestrians.

I had another incident with a bike tonight on the way home from work involving a merge after an intersection. It is too complicated for me to explain but the young lady on the bike was full of indignation at my inability to give way to her.

I ride a bike myself. I've done two long bike trips through the Netherlands and Belgium. Biking is a great way to get around. But the cyclists in my city seem to be either self-righteous yuppies brimming with bourgeois entitlement or else tattooed pot-heads crazily riding around bare from the waist up (males anyway).
 
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Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:28 am

Well good to know. In some places, it is allowed biking on the sidewalk, but as this was not the case, the biker was at fault of course.

What amuses me while biking, is that when I have the right of way, and someone kind of clips me, and I show that I dislike it (no, I do not give the bird, if you were expecting that), he gets pissed at me. Stupid drivers!

Talking about

Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 18):
self-righteous yuppies brimming with bourgeois entitlement or else tattooed pot-heads crazily riding around bare from the waist up

I have come across a few of those while I’ve been biking. I am very aware of my rights and others’ rights in traffic, and I feel bad being a biker when I see how those aforementioned bikers bike!
 
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Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:47 am



Quoting Ogre727 (Thread starter):
young woman, who was riding her bicycle did not see that she had a red light, failed to stop and got in front of my car.

Her fault for not obeying road rules. Maybe she should have broken both her legs..one less cyclist on the road  devil 

Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 15):
I've had a lot of problems here with cyclists lately

I hate cyclists. They are a bane to society. They behave as though the road rules don't apply to them. Just now I saw three riding abreast occupying a whole lane on a road where the speed limit is 80km/h. Dammit stay in your damn cycle lane! Idiots. One of these days I will probably lose it and run over one of those spandex-hugging a@$#@. 'Share the road' my a$$.
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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:37 pm



Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 20):
I hate cyclists. They are a bane to society.

Well nice to hear!

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 20):
They behave as though the road rules don't apply to them. Just now I saw three riding abreast occupying a whole lane on a road where the speed limit is 80km/h. Dammit stay in your damn cycle lane! Idiots. One of these days I will probably lose it and run over one of those spandex-hugging a@$#@. 'Share the road' my a$$.

And what about the ones that are extra careful on the road and are often more aware of what’s behind them than many drivers that only need to look in mirrors?  sarcastic 

What you described are people that make the life for the good cyclists more miserable than bad drivers. It’s as all of us are the same, ya?  grumpy 

And talking about ”spandex-hugging asses”: I also, when driving, sometimes want to drive over them while they’re taking an awful lot of space on a (70)-road (where there’s a sign ”no cyclists on the road”). So not only drivers feel like you do…
 
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Sun Jul 26, 2009 5:02 pm

Ronglimeng, you should see New York.
IN New York, esp. in Manhattan it is so crowded with pedestrians, that bike pedestrian accidents are common. Bikers routinely treat pedestrians with the same attitude that SUVs treat bikers. Crossing at the green anywhere near Central Park in nice weather is a dangerous game, because bikers *will* run red lights and *will not* stop for peds. A colleague from work was rammed by a red light running biker who cursed at her "spat on her" and rode away. She broke her wrist and was out for two weeks.

I think I am going to start Critical Pedestrian Mass so that two-wheeled SUVs (bikers) will know to treat peds with the same respect as cars should treat bikes.

PS I am all for bike lanes and cars respecting bikers, that means cars shouldn't door bikes. bikes have just as much right as cars to navigate streets. But with that right comes responsibilities. Bikes are vehicles. Thus they have to obey traffic signs, they don't get to run red lights and whack or scatter peds, they shouldn't go to the right of a car in the right hand lane who might be turning (great way to get clipped)
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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Sun Jul 26, 2009 5:48 pm



Quoting Csavel (Reply 22):
bikes have just as much right as cars to navigate streets

But they need far more attention and respect because they are the most dangerous form of road travel. They need quite a long time for stopping, fall easily, and are not very noticeable.

Quoting Csavel (Reply 22):
they shouldn't go to the right of a car in the right hand lane who might be turning

Why not? Where I am, the cars in the right lane HAVE to stop for cyclists in a bike lane. It’s the law. And not surprising either. It’s far easier for a driver to wait for a cyclist to go by than a cyclist trying to cross from his lane over three other lanes to a turn lane for going left.
 
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Sun Jul 26, 2009 6:32 pm



Quoting Aero145 (Reply 23):
Quoting Csavel (Reply 22):
they shouldn't go to the right of a car in the right hand lane who might be turning

Why not? Where I am, the cars in the right lane HAVE to stop for cyclists in a bike lane. It’s the law. And not surprising either. It’s far easier for a driver to wait for a cyclist to go by than a cyclist trying to cross from his lane over three other lanes to a turn lane for going left.

I meant when there is no bike lane. That is the rightmost lane is a lane where cars and bikes share. If a bike lane, then a car isn't really in the rightmost lane.
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Sun Jul 26, 2009 8:21 pm

Oh I see. When I’m biking where there is no freakin’ lane  biting  , the people who want to turn have to wait for the cyclists to pass. How would it otherwise work? Sometimes they overtake quickly and turn into the sideroad, although it’s a bit scary for the cyclist, it’s still better than having to stop and check for every sideroad one needs to pass.
 
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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:41 am

Hello All

Hey was she good looking?? Bring her some flowers and maybe you could start something. I have heard of stranger ways to find a girlfriend or wife.

Cheers

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RE: My First Car Accident - Terrible

Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:05 pm



Quoting Swatpamike (Reply 26):
Hey was she good looking?? Bring her some flowers and maybe you could start something. I have heard of stranger ways to find a girlfriend or wife.

Well, I went to visit her yesterday to the hospital and she WAS very good looking. Although not only am I married, but also as it turns out I would be more interested in her boyfriend (not that good looking btw).

So here's the deal. She has multiple fractures in her left ankle, which she broke when she fell down from the bike after I hit her (I hit her on the right leg). She went through two operations and will be wearing a cast for 6 weeks. Not too bad for as horrible as it chould have been (she was not wearing a helmet, for instance).

She is an incredibly nice young lady who felt really bad about what happened. There are a couple interesting things I learned from my visit to the hospital yesterday:

1) Apparently she will not sue me or anything of that sort. She felt really bad about the accident. So in the end I might not have to pay a fine or anything. Good news.

2) The boyfriend was about half a block away from the accident when it happened (awful for him). Once the police arrived, the police went out of their way to let this guy know that I looked like a good person, I guess to prevent him from becoming angry at me, or whatever... isn't that weird? I found it amazing.
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