I hit a pedestrian last week. From stationary at the lights I turned left and saw chummy about 70ft away in the dark, dressed in black running in the road towards me. Did my lifesaver moved right to go around him, looked back and he’d moved to my right too. I hooted and then realised that he has his headphones on and is looking down at his phone. I know we’re gonna collide even with maximum breaking applied, up comes the rear wheel and I flip the bike (yep, that one) end over end head-butting him in the chest before the bike lands on top of me. Good job the bike has a spongy seat! Turns out chummy was straight out the pub and the Police report will say that he’s clearly intoxicated.
The good news is that I will have to inform my insurers, meaning the car and bike premiums will increase regardless of him trying to claim. Given the current compensation culture we currently live in, coupled with the no-win-no-fee firms out there I expect to hear from chummy soon…
Still, I managed not to punch the mouthy mutha-phucka’s head off! Hats off to Plodthough . They, as expected, were excellent…if a little over prescribed, 4-6 vehicles turned up. First on scene a BMW X5 with personnel carrying assault riffles, a van containing sniffer dog (no, explosives apparently), several other cars - traffic and flatfoots. I do hope City of London Police dont invoice me for that lot!
Hope you are ok. What really annoys me about these situations is if this happened in Germany the expectation is that people have public liability insurance, so there’s no dogma about suing stupid pedestrians that have cost you thousands in damage / premiums increase
Thank you, I’m fine. Bruised elbow for me…must have landed on him! New headlight, choke and decompression levers for the bike.
Brains, I was thinking just that. But he’ll claim poverty, I’m sure.
If he has money to drink beer, he has disposable income. Sue him.
My GF has come off her bike twice through pedestrians stepping out from behind stationary buses. Luckily no damage in all cases beyond a scratched fairing.
I hate to say it but no matter how inebriated, or lost in his headphones world, the guy was, 70 feet was plenty of time for you to stop your vehicle; especially as you had clear sight of him the whole time.
Hope your elbow mends soon.
Yes Michael, had I not done my lifesaver I would have seen him change direction and possibly gone left, but on another day I would have moved to the right without the lifesaver and collided with someone deciding to overtake me cause I’ve slowed down. Given he didnt stop running until I head butting him in the chest, had I been stationary we’d still be having this discussion cause he’d still have run into me.
Aceman, as you know, he’ll still claim to be skint!
Think of the poor sod trying to describe when asked what sort of bike hit him !..
Well funnily enough, plod shared a joke or three about my bike
This is how the zombie outbreak has started, the mix of germs and rust from that bike is now flowing in that pedestrian. maybe that’s why armed police and sniffer dogs where there to take him off and put a few rounds into him once you left?
Hope all goes well tho George and sorry to hear this xxx
Eek, hope all ends well. Tricky to win over a judge and jury when it comes to
innocent pedestrians. Hopefully it won’t go that far
Well funnily enough, plod shared a joke or three about my bike ;-)
I don't believe it,what could they possibly find funny about it!!!!!
Sneaky that sucks dude… I’m surprised more people on here have not hit pedestrians tbh given what they are like and their attitudes
This is another reason I decided to get a camera as everyone is out to get us…
I do hope all pans out for you fella I really do.
Well as Mad-Dog said, he’s probably caught some deadly infection from my bike and died within days!
So the police heard there was a riot? No wander they sent so much enforcement.
On a serious note glad your not too banged up and I hope you not feeling too sore and the riot isn’t any worse for it.
I do hate all this “where there’s blame there’s a claim” culture. Unfortunately chummy may claim, not necessarily claim to get anything out of you but to protect himself in case you claim against him. I think, but am no expert by any means, legally speaking your best bet is to launch a claim against him. The slightly more humane thing to do would be to contact him and see if he’s alright, however that might be risky legally speaking.
we don’t leave the job half done, that’s why
I hit a pedestrian a few months back.
The idiot ran out infront of me whilst I was filtering, but not out from between cars, from my right side where there were no cars. He gave me 5 metres to stop.
Luckily my bike doesn’t weigh much and has brembo brakes, I managed to polish off most of my speed and keep the bike up. I hit him, but not hard.
I had several witnesses come forward, including 2 off duty police officers, to my defence. The guy had headphones in, saw me, but bolted anyway. He got a grilling.
Only issue is if the police don’t file a report (as they didn’t in my case) you can’t take him to a small claims court to claim back damages to your bike.
As for suing, he could do so easily but I’m not sure he would risk it, you have a strong case working for you and if he loses he will have to foot a big bill