And unless you killed it on the first hit, or were wearing high boots, you'd likely have been bitten. The A#1 way to get a rattler to strike is to step on them, and even our 1 meter variety can hit to knee level.
The kind we have here in Oklahoma are much more aggressive. They can launch themselves into the air and strike your face. Rattlesnake bites are more of a joke around here though because we have the anti venom readily available. Sure, it will hurt like hell, but the chances of losing a limb are slim to none. During the summer months, if you are ever in the area, look-up some rattlesnake festivals. That can be a blast.