Cyclist films his own road accident, miraculously saves life

"The second time I rode into London in an effort to gain some fitness, rather than take the train, ended like this," says YouTube user cyclejack. "This" being an idiot in a car deciding to ignore him, ramming and sending him and his bicycle into the air. Miraculously, he wasn't injured, just bruised.

I was travelling around 22mph through Romford. Drizzly conditions so I was being cautious around bends and roundabouts. I didn't expect this!

I just about got my hands to the brakes (it can just be seen on the frame before impact) but I had no chance of stopping.

I'm not quite sure how I wasn't seen. I'm over 6ft and was wearing a bright blue jacket. If I was seen then it's a very bad judgement in my speed.

After a very uncomfortable trip to the hospital in a neck brace and spinal board and various x-rays I escaped with just bruising. So I consider myself lucky.

At the time the driver was apologetic and was informed by the police that I was recording my ride and seemed to admit fault. But when it came to my insurance claim against her she disputed it. Safe to say the video has saved me a lot of hassle and 3 weeks later the cheque has already arrived from the insurance company.

Sadly, other cyclists are not that lucky.


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DISCUSSION

That's right, most cyclists are not that lucky. As a daily bike commuter, it blows my mind that this guy was doing 22MPH on a wet street in fairly busy traffic; leaving no margin of safety if a driver makes a mistake. People make mistakes.

Yes, it was her fault. Absolutely. He's in the right. What good would that do him if he ended up with broken legs, a fractured pelvis, and brain damage?

Some bikers fail to comprehend that the Law of the Land will not protect them from the Laws of Physics. A 200 pound bike/human at 22MPH will ALWAYS lose to a 3000 pound car at 30MPH. Always. F=MA.