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Duncan
02-09-2008, 08:11 AM
While biking out to Gresham to pick up my new-2-me diesel jetta from my mechanic, I was crossing the max at Ruby Junction (190 something and Burnside). Looked behind me, saw no one, angled to take the tracks at 90D angle when I hear a horn, look again and see headlights in my lane. I swerve right, get caught in the tracks, go down. Primer gray 70s American car screams by...

As I lay there, realizing that I have to get off the tracks, it started to rain...All I needed was a pick up truck to make it a country western song.

So yeah, look out for speeding tweekers on Burnside In Gresham.

Duncan

And does anyone have some used yakima Qtowers they want to sell I am buying, because the I have to take apart my bike to get it in the Jetta.

K'Tesh
02-09-2008, 08:47 AM
Ouch! Hope you're not hurt! (and didn't loose your gal, dog, job... and anything else that a Country song requires)

Did you call the cops? When a motorist Harrasses you, and causes you to have an accident, it is something that can be prosecuted.

Read "Harassment of Bicyclists: Harassment by Motorists - Know Your Legal Rights (http://www.stc-law.com/pdf/Pedal_Power_Jun19.pdf)" it's Part III of Pedal Power (I found it on/around pg 79 of the PDF)

Remember I'm not a Lawyer (all I know on the subject came from Pedal Power), but from what you described, I see a possible case for:

Assult in the fourth Degree...
Recklessly Endangering Another Person...
Harrassment...
It could also have Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver attached to it.

This could lead to JAIL for the Jerk behind the wheel. Wouldn't that be awesome to see the look on the Jerk's face if he was jailed? http://forums.mtbr.com/images/smilies/devil.gif

Hope you (and your bike) are Well!
Keep us posted.
K'Tesh

ps I stole the smilies from http://forums.mtbr.com (http://forums.mtbr.com/misc.php?do=getsmilies&editorid=vB_Editor_001) http://forums.mtbr.com/images/smilies/devil.gif

Duncan
02-09-2008, 08:50 AM
sadly I can barely describe the car, less the driver.. I was to busy watching the RR tracks head for my face...

No GF, Dog stayed home (thankfully), just some road rash and bruised ego.

K'Tesh
02-09-2008, 09:24 AM
sadly I can barely describe the car, less the driver.. I was to busy watching the RR tracks head for my face...

No GF, Dog stayed home (thankfully), just some road rash and bruised ego.

Sorry to hear about the rash and the bruised ego...

It inspired me to post this, Road Rash, how to treat it... (http://bikeportland.org/forum/showthread.php?p=9030#post9030), as I haven't seen it pop up on my forum radar.

Take Care!
K'Tesh