In England, they call this 'bum over noggin.'
I'll be honest with you: I've never really been all that interested in knowing what it's like to come this close to having my head splattered across the pavement in a bicycle accident. In fact, I'd say my level of interest was close to zero. That said, I'm kinda glad that I've seen this harrowing helmet-cam footage taken by an unfortunate—and shockingly coordinated— Londoner during a literal run-in with a car on a drizzly afternoon. Because now that I've seen it, I can say I've got that experience covered.
Or at least as covered as I ever plan on getting it covered. Because, unlike this guy, I would not have landed on my feet. I'm lucky if I land on my feet when I get out of a chair.
For your peace of mind, although this guy was taken "to the hospital in a neck brace and spinal board" for testing, he "escaped with just bruising," he says. The bike, unfortunately, has gone off to a better place.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the driver of the car tried to pin the blame on the bicyclist. That's where the helmet-cam really proved its worth. "Safe to say the video has saved me a lot of hassle and 3 weeks later the cheque has already arrived from the insurance company," the bicyclist explained in the video's description.
(by Dennis DiClaudio)