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post #1 of 18 Old 11-24-2013, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Friday morning on the way to work an unattentive driver made a left turn from a side street and forced me off of the roadway. I caught sight of him at the last minute and hit the emergency lane to my right in an attempt to avoid him. But his SUV turned wide and he was partly in the emergency lane also so the only out I had was the shoulder grass. With it being wet Bermuda Grass it was like ice so I low sided my KTM at about 45MPH. After sliding around 75 feet I finally came to a stop and started gathering my senses.

I looked up and noticed the driver that ran me off the road had stopped too and was checking on me. He was almost in tears because he said that he never saw me! (Which I find unsettling because I wear a Hi-Viz jacket and ride with high beam head lights on during the daytime.) He only heard tire screeching and saw me going down. The typical statement but I was just happy that he stopped. Once I got my senses back I checked myself out and found that I was just sore in my hip and shoulders for the ground contact but everything moved! It looked like my riding gear had taken the brunt of the impact. The armor in my jacket was in the correct places and it really saved me.

After getting the local PD and FD on scene. A collision report was filed and I felt well enough to ride the KTM home. It only sustained a small amount of damage to the hand guards, foot bracket and my tool tube. I went to the local urgent care and got a once over from the docs who only found some bruising. I felt very blessed.

So everyone if you ride wear the gear! I have always been a ATGATT person and this just reinforces my belief in proper gear. I don't have the best or most expensive but it works better than flip flops, t-shirts and shorts. :mrgreen:

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post #2 of 18 Old 11-24-2013, 11:04 AM
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Good reminder, glad your whole.


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Appreciate your taking the time to reinforce what we understand about ATGATT. Sounds like it saved your a** BIGtime!

Glad you're okay!
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Thanks for the reminder. Glad you're OK and hopefully the driver of the SUV will be more aware of his surroundings at least for a little while. Always ride defensively and ATGATT....

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Thanks for your report. It proves again that visibility is a big problem. Have you considered a headlight modulator? I am paranoid about not being seen and the modulator make drivers stare at me, so I hope it will make a difference.

Some additional thoughts about the problem (motion camouflage) are here:
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Thanks for the post we can all use a reminder. I'm glad you're OK..........TD

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Thanks for sharing your experience. It reinforces the fact that it's important to wear good protective gear when riding. My personal motto is "Dress for the fall, not for the ride."

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ATGATT is the only way to go, high viz can help in some situations but not all as your post shows. We always have to drive for everybody else on the highway and glad to hear you survived to tell the story.
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Friday morning on the way to work an unattentive driver made a left turn from a side street and forced me off of the roadway. I caught sight of him at the last minute and hit the emergency lane to my right in an attempt to avoid him. But his SUV turned wide and he was partly in the emergency lane also so the only out I had was the shoulder grass. With it being wet Bermuda Grass it was like ice so I low sided my KTM at about 45MPH. After sliding around 75 feet I finally came to a stop and started gathering my senses.

I looked up and noticed the driver that ran me off the road had stopped too and was checking on me. He was almost in tears because he said that he never saw me! (Which I find unsettling because I wear a Hi-Viz jacket and ride with high beam head lights on during the daytime.)
I'm glad you are okay!

Sounds like a classic SMIDSY situation. Take a look at the links in my signature to get some sense of why it happened and why step you can do that might help avoid it in the future.

Hi beams are counterproductive as they essentially blind the drivers and make it almost impossible for them to know a bike is coming at them, how fast it's going and where it is. High beams might have helped if you had a bike with lousy headlights but not on a Strom or any bike with good lights.

From what I have seen and read the benefits of HI-VIZ are very minor (if there are any at all) in a SMIDSY situation. People can see you a miile away but those people aren't the ones that are running into you. The SMIDSY crash is different in that it isn't just about people seeing you it is about the drivers perceiving you and understanding you are there and a threat. It involves different parts of the brain.


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Yes, need to remember wear the gear, ya never know when you'll need it!

Great to hear your OK and thanks for the reminder!

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