At the end of August I was hit by a car while riding my road bike. Luckily my bike only sustained handlebar tape damage and although my elbow is still a bit sore and can get itchy when I exercise, an ultrasound recently showed that it is merely swollen tissue that is taking a long time to heal. I feel extremely lucky that the rest of my injuries healed up quickly and I haven’t sustained any chronic pain.
That being said, getting compensation for my jersey, helmet and the mere $60 (with labour) to replace my handlebar tape has been a huge hassle. I feel like insurance companies try to make things as difficult as possible to try to reduce their costs by discouraging claims through tedious paperwork and long phone calls.
Through all my phone calls with insurance adjusters and claim intake people, I’ve recounted the collision at least half a dozen times with each call lasting at least 1 hour (not including wait times). I still haven’t gotten all my paperwork finished and filled out by my doctor and physiotherapist either.
Because of this, these past couple of months I’ve been kind of down. I can’t imagine having to go through all this if my injuries were worse or if I had to go in for intense physiotherapy sessions and deal with recounting the collision repeatedly.
If my small collision is having this kind of toll on my spirits, I can’t imagine how hard things must be for people suffering with PTSD.
So when my summons to witness came in, I couldn’t help but take it personally. Despite the police officer warning me that the driver who struck me would probably dispute the traffic ticket (because the fine and demerit points were really high), receiving the court notice made me really angry.
I know the driver is just trying her luck in hopes that either myself or the police officer won’t show up to court so that she can walk away without having to pay the fine and keep the 6 demerit points off of her driving record. But for me, I feel that her trying to dispute this ticket is so disrespectful. Disrespectful of my injuries, disrespectful of all the time that I’ve spent talking to doctors, insurance adjusters and going around and getting everything replaced. Most of all disrespectful of another human being that she could have killed.
Please wish me luck next Wednesday at 9am. I don’t know if I will even have a chance to speak, but I’m going to try to do everything I can so that the driver doesn’t get her ticket dismissed or even have her fines reduced.
Hopefully once this is all over, I will feel like organizing bike rides and brunches again.