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Is there a "just doored" section because it just happened to me 10 minutes ago

I was just doored heading east on Diversey ave a couple blocks west of Racine ave by a hispanic man who didn't speak much english at all and drove off immediately after I tried "talking" to him about it. I didn't get a plate number because I was in a daze and I still am. I have road rash on my arms, but I seem to be ok... I think. I have weird head, shoulder and neck pain. Luckily I was wearing my helmet today because it cracked on the ground on impact. Otherwise there would probably be skull bits all over the pavement.

I didn't even know what happened, I just felt impact and my head smacked the ground. I'm ashamed that I don't have health insurance, but I just can't afford it.

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If you have automobile insurance, or if you are covered on the automobile insurance of another person or company, then your accident is likely covered under the uninsured motorist coverage provision of that policy. You are the victim of a hit and run.

As it seems like you received at least minimal care and will be making a full recovery, it might be a good time to focus on *prevention* so this doesn't happen again.

For the record, I was doored a couple months ago for the first time in 10 years of commuter bicycling in the city. I was pretty proud of myself for my safety record until I looked away from "straight ahead" for a split second and smacked into a door just opened by someone. I did not fall to the ground and was only minimally bruised on an upper arm, or so I thought until the next day. Long story, but off-topic.

The reason *anyone* gets doored is because he or she is riding too close to the parked cars (I was). Read up on the Chicago City Bike Ordinances... there is considerable justification for riding out in the middle of the lane away from the parked cars. See these:

http://www.chicagobikes.org/bikelaws/?show=chicago

http://www.chicagobikes.org/bikelaws/?show=search&terms=bike lane

Notice the references to "sub-standard lane widths"... if the lane is not wide enough to *safely* accommodate both a bicycle and a motor vehicle, the bike is allowed to take the entire lane. Of course, it should be considered that most car drivers are probably not aware of this. Still, my experience is that even if the driver honks at me, they will give me a wide berth as they pass... probably better than trying to weasel past me in the same lane, forcing me too close to the parked cars. I learned my lesson!

A couple other suggestions for helpful equipment: a rear-view mirror is essential, I think; also, a compressed-air-powered horn has come in handy several times. ;-)

Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery!

Steve Weeks, DDS

 

The frustrations of getting doored continue for a long time. I was doored on Ridge in Rogers Park on November 1, 2010. I called 911 when the guy in the car woudn't. Took a ride in the ambulance (with my bike, which was good). No cops showed up, and I never got any information from the doorer. In May 2012, I got a call from a collection agency hired by the City. I asked them to mail me a bill. No bill came. In June 2012, I called Department of Revenue. I was told a bill would be faxed to my office. No bill came. Today, I got into a shouting match with Department of Revnue. Woman there told me she could not send me a bill, because the file "has been referred to collection." I called the collection agency and asked to have the bill faxed. I was told that would take time because it had to be cleared with an attorney. I want to pay my bill, but they make it really hard. And the City is going to pay a chunk of what I end up paying to a collection agency for no reason.

Hey guys with the recent replies please read the discussion from from the first page and pay close attention to the dates... maybe I should edit the thread title.

And again thanks for all the help and support. I feel a bit better and I've got a follow up appointment to see a doctor in like a month Community Health Clinic on Chicago ave.

Good to hear you didn't get doored again today :-)

Was wondering how you were doing- thanks for the update.

If only all car makers would make all their doors open this way!!! Or at least slide open like van doors.

Glad to hear you're doing ok. Your health is most important here. Secondly how is your bicycle running? I and I'm sure many others would be willing to help you fix it or replace it when and if you're up for riding in the future.

I like Physicians Immediate Care. No appointment necessary they have about 6 locations around the city.
No waiting like in an emergency room, which for most bike accidents that you can walk or ride away from, you could wait forever in an ER, and owe a lot when you leave...
Staff are really kind and efficient. They helped me after my crash and I've been going there for years....
Reasonable fees, the take credit cards....you may be able to negotiate fee....
I also recommend dr. Kim Beith at totalwellness for chiropractic care, which may help you head and neck pain. You may feel worse in the second week, too. I hope you feel better soon.

Actually, that was Natasha Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave's daughter:

http://articles.cnn.com/2009-03-19/entertainment/richardson.paramed...

She could have been saved had she not declined help at first.

Steve



Steven E Gross said:

Seek a Doctor NOW Remember what happened to Vanessa Regrave?

She woke up dead from a head injury. Stroger is the place to go. Dizzy? Diall 911

+1.

Speak up, Minh.

Marco Rayos said:

Glad to hear you're doing ok. Your health is most important here. Secondly how is your bicycle running? I and I'm sure many others would be willing to help you fix it or replace it when and if you're up for riding in the future.

I'm feeling a lot better now, but I still get mild headaches. My bike is in decent condition, the front wheel needed to be trued and I had that done at bikelane on Milwaukee ave.

Right now I might end up moving in with my parents in Los Angeles because I was laid off a few months ago and now I'm having difficulty finding any kind of work. I worked in the technical side of healthcare management and I have a lot of office experience, but the market seems to be saturated and I think having an asian name like mine is working against me when they see it on a resume because they probably think I'm an immigrant and won't fit into the culture of their workplace even though I was born in Chicago. Now I'm thinking the car culture will just run me over in a place like Los Angeles. Run-on sentence/drunk rant over.

h' said:

+1.

Speak up, Minh.

Marco Rayos said:

Glad to hear you're doing ok. Your health is most important here. Secondly how is your bicycle running? I and I'm sure many others would be willing to help you fix it or replace it when and if you're up for riding in the future.

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