Reason over Belief

Literature.Style.Running.Western Philosophy.

Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.

—Deepak Chopra (via lazyyogi)

(Source: lazyyogi)

karlmerckx asked: I just saw your ask on #fuckyeahcycling and your wondering about legal actions to be taken. Was it a hit-and-run or did they stop for you? Also, some reckless driving charges may be in order. Depending on circumstances, some other things may be out there such as forms of assault. Talking to a lawyer would probably be the best thing to do. Even a police officer would be good to talk to just to figure out what charges there could be and such.

Thanks for your advice. The accident occurred in daylight and I was wearing a screaming yellow jacket and have reflective material on my helmet. I don’t know what else I could’ve done differently. As for the driver, once she stopped her minivan, she jumped out hysterically screaming “I wasn’t on my cellphone. I wasn’t on my cellphone, it was the sun in my eyes. Maybe I turned my head for too long. I don’t know what happened!” Obviously comments made in distress to the situation but nonetheless interesting. 

At this point, I am waiting for the police report to be issued so I don’t know if she’s been formally charged with anything. I called her insurance company to file a claim and they asked me to give them a statement. I told them that I would get back to them as I am currently in the process of evaluating the incident. I don’t want them to force me into any narrow corners, so I want to be prepared. Morally speaking, I’m not sure how to handle it. Of course I want them to pay for my medical costs and the gear that was ruined, but what about long-term joint issues with my knees, elbows, and fingers. And what about permanent facial scaring? I read some info. online that says whatever the insurance company offers, ask for double. 

That’s where I’m at. I’m really bummed because biking is my pleasure and I don’t know where to ride in order to keep this from happening again. Telling me that I would have to stick to riding on bike paths is not an option for me.

Thanks again.

Chris