I was chatting with a customer today and he told me about the time, several years ago, that he was hit by a car. He was struck pretty badly and claims he wouldn’t be here today if he hadn’t been wearing a helmet.
I asked him if he broke anything. He said, no, but he did lose a lot of skin.
I asked him if he hired a lawyer. He said, yes. I asked him how much he got. He said $70,000 and the lawyer took thirty.
It reminded me of another time I heard a story, back when I worked in an office, but this time it sounded like the pedestrian was deliberately trying to get a payday. All week, our team was working till the wee hours of the morning. The previous night, one of my colleagues was taking a limo service from the office to his home. On 42nd Street, at right about Grand Central, a homeless guy threw himself onto the limo’s hood while the car was moving. We assumed it was to try and get a payout from the driver’s insurance company. We were amazed. Now I wonder if it doesn’t happen a lot more often.
I also wonder, now, if this doesn’t explain why so many of the stories I hear about cyclists being hit, involve a hit-and-run driver.