ok also; I do think I was very lucky. but I was mumbling “oh, what a nice driver” when I found out that the driver had stayed on the scene and given his details and my best mate was like “no, he did the bare minimum”. she’s right, of course.
but in comparison he does seem really really nice. when I was in the emergency department one of the nurses told me there was another young female cyclist in the department who had been hit by a car, passed out, and when she came to it was gone and she was alone and hurt.
I couldn’t believe how awful that was. I mentioned that to my other friend who came to the hospital with me and she was like “yeah, that’s what happened to [mutual friend] — she was knocked off her bike and they just dragged her unconscious to the side of the road and she woke up alone hours later”.
after I was hit I assure you that I was in no state to start recording numberplates and thinking of who to sue. I just really badly needed someone to help me. I didn’t give a shit whose fault the crash was and I still kinda don’t. Even if your legal circumstances are really extreme, like you’re on the run from a murderously corrupt local police force or something, I don’t see why you wouldn’t at the very least call the ambulance once you were a safe distance away. I didn’t realise how common it is for drivers to just panic and leave. nice move.
I guess I have discovered my least controversial strongly held opinion: hit and run drivers are the lowest of the low.