I hit a guy’s car today. I was riding between the lane and the parked cars, hit a bad patch of pavement, got a bit shaken up, looked down, looked up, realized the van in front of me had stopped, slammed on my brake, and hit the back. No big deal, I wasn’t that hurt, except my bar went into the guy’s light.
He asked me if I was okay, I said that I was.
I grabbed my bike and got ready to leave, and then noticed the light.
He told me I had to replace it.
I was late for work, had slept like 3 hours last night (not for lack of trying for 8), and was a bit shaken up. I asked what I had to do.
He quoted me a price- about $50- asked for ID, and since I wanted to avoid any insurance/police fuss (I don’t have a clean driving record and my bike was lacking in reflectors, lights, only had one brake, no bell- I expected to get into quite the conundrum, and at the least get fined for more than the cost of the light), I asked if I could just give him cash. He said I could, so I did.
And we parted ways. Looking back on the event, I probably messed up. Tarckbike, tell me how to not do so in the future!
Also my shoulder is starting to hurt where I hit the car. I wasn’t going very fast. Should I see a doctor?