Originally posted by Chipmunk on 8/6/04
So there I was, listening to Terry Wogan, slowly passing the usual virutally stationary line of traffic, on my way to work. The man driving the taxi decided to pull out to the right, and neither look or signal. That two second window - slow motion - amazing how many words you can think in two seconds.
"I wonder how old Wogan is - Air Con would be good on a C1 - Oh dear - He's pulling out, he hasn't seen me, non ABS brakes on but I'm alongside now, go for the horn - not enough time, swerve? - not enough ti.... CRUNCH - enter a front wing and bumper, knees in, arms folded - over we go, hello tarmac - the number of people who just throw chewing gum on to the road!"
Not hurt - pull red lever, press red button, The crowd - two witnesses came forward - "I saw everything mate" "I've called an ambulance" Are you alright? - why do people not believe you? - you shouldn't be alright! They helped me up with the bike and everyone went merrily on thier way, a tale for the coffee brake (non ABS) Big thanks to the witnesses - they're going to get a card (when I know they support my side - been there before!)
C1 did it's job admirably again and I've got a new storage compartment by the side of the seat-belt clip.
So - the damage - usual fractured dignity and lacerated pride, - mirror broke up, rear/center side panel split into 2, seat belt clip mangled - very surprised at the amount of distortion but it held in the impact and released with the red lever. Left bumper pressed in but not broken, as it was more of a lunge over the front wing & bonnet rather than a slide. (should have seen the other fellow! - front wing and bonnet badly dented, bumper completely detached.)
neeno - neeno - they're here. Plod didn't wanna know - fair enough - I was wearing a lightweight lid (head never touched anything incidentally). Josh and Nicky asked me to sign a I-don't-want-to-go-to-A&E form. - Kind ladies from the dry cleaners made me a coffee and we waited for the RAC to recover.
Off to the insurers on Tuesday, this time if they write it off I'll buy it back - looks an easy fix.
Oh - and can someone turn that F****g Wogan off. - he's going on and on - about cabbies!