Not quite as dramatic as it sounds, but still true.
While biking home last week, a bus making a stop pulled up next me so quickly that my ghetto brakes were of no help. To avoid crashing into the people getting off the bus, I turned instead into the parked car next to me. I got off balance and flew the other way into the stopped bus. Luckily, I wear a helmet (only person in all of Argentina to do so) so I survived without a scratch. It was still scary, though. When I told my boss about what happened, he grabbed my shoulders, looked deeply into my eyes, and pleaded with me to be VERY careful.
Roads in Argentina are notoriously dangerous. There are no stop signs and few stop lights. Enter cross-sections at your own risk! Braking for pedestrians is not a common practice, even when the cross signs are green.