By thebrokentardis - United States - Minneapolis
Today, I got hit by a car while riding my bike to work. In the hospital, every single nurse lectured me about how I wouldn't be here if I wore a helmet, which I'm sure would be really helpful to my broken leg. FML
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  brokkenpiloot  |  3

that is bullcrap.

I am dutch, the Netherlands have a HUGE cycling culture, the biggest in the world. Everybody rides their bike everywhere and there are way more bikes than people in this country.

There's bicycle lanes on almost every street, often seperate from the street itself.


noone does. It's not necesary whatsoever.

  Futacy  |  29

#104- Exactly, you're more likely to die from breaking your neck than a head injury, and helmets don't stop that. Americans do ride faster though, and city developers usually just draw a white line for bikes on heavy traffic roads and call it a day.

  InsanityShard  |  23

Not only do they do that stupid edge line here in Australia, drivers are legally required to keep I think it was 2 meters away from the bikes. Which isn't possible in the space allotted unless the bike goes off the road, which is usually into a deep grassy ditch full of snakes and broken glass and crap.

  slyde32  |  12

accidents happen, the driver will be charged accordingly, and we don't even know the full story. op could have come out of a blind spot, not always the driver's fault

  calucalay  |  13

why sue? so that both if the driver and cyclist have to lose more money? He broke his leg, nothing extremely serious. There is no reason to waste peoples time and money to sue over a broken leg.

  Brandi_Faith  |  33

There are a lot of cyclists that are supposed to drive in the cycling lane but are so far over on the road cars actually have to go into the lane beside them to go around them. So there is a good chance it was the cyclists fault. Either way though Op is an idiot for not wearing a helmet.

  slyde32  |  12

@11 I wasn't referring to a car's blind spot (as in head check area) I'm talking about if op came out from behind a parked car or something to that effect. happened where I live not long ago, luckily the driver had a dash cam to prove he did everything in his power to try and avoid hitting the bloke

  Kougeru  |  12

You cant really "check" a blindspot. You can wait a little bit and hope whatever is there realizes youre doing something (turn signals and such) but thats about it. They're called blindspots for a reason. I'm glad I live in a place where riding backs on the road isn't really legal except in very specific areas. Too dangerous IMO. Mostly because most people are assholes when driving.

  kawiboy459  |  8

Actually most vehicles are built so that if you lean forward or left/right the blind spot would be in a different spot, so you can check everywhere. Of course in some vehicles, like semis, this isn't an option, but chances are he could've checked in his vehicle

  junkman6  |  22

YES!!!!!! After many potential FMLs for idiotic "sue them" comments we finally get the comment! Thank you #3 you made my day a little brighter!

There's been a dry spell on "sue them" comments, don't judge me.

  lexa1love  |  16

Agreed. I am a Nurse and we are required to say stuff like this. The OP got lucky, more often then not there is a serious head or face injury that could have been preventable or less severe with a helmet.

  helloimclaudia  |  30

Here in The Netherlands, everyone rides bikes, nobody wears helmets, and everybody falls when they are young. Result? A painfull knee, or a broken arm or leg. Never a head injury. You have to fall really weird to have an actual head injury..