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post #1 of 21 Old 05-06-2010, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Bad ride to work

Well never made it to work today - but made it home in one piece and the bike is relatively ok.

I was rolling along and saw ahead a Waste Management roll-off truck, I moved to the right lane as I hate all the dust that comes off of these things, plus it didn't have a tarp across the top.
All of a sudden this fell off a Waste Management truck into my path along with a 1ft section of 2/4 and other crap.



I missed the 2/4 but the piece of concrete got me -





Yep - both front and rear wheels are bent and both tires flat

I used all my long forgotten dirt bike skills in staying upright, and after walking back up with the cop to where the chunk was he pointed out the skid mark and said that my front wheel probably went 2 - 3 ft sideways after hitting and was surprised that I kept it upright.

I contacted the local Waste Management office and finally a district mgr called me back to get a report, he asked if I got a truck #, I told him that i was too busy trying to keep my ass upright to get a truck or tag #.
The county police did a report and hopefully Waste Management steps up and does the right thing, we shall see - if not then it is through my insurance.
Got it home on a neighbors trailer - breifly looked at prices on Bike Bandit - wow !!
Lost a days pay, but have all my skin, my bike is in one piece - so I feel lucky this evening

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If WM doesn't pick up the costs, you should look into having the wheels repaired. Woody can do pretty amazing things with damaged wheels:

http://www.woodyswheelworks.com/
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Thanks - I had heard of them before, hopefully it doesn't come to that.

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Glad your ok. I lost a windsheild to a garbage truck a few years ago. Documented, witnessed, etc. They blew me off. I took them to small claims court. they had the venue changed to civil court, and the judge threw it out faster than it got to his desk. Thier laywers were very well practiced in how to screw you. Hope you fair better. They will ask,How far back were you? Were you following to close behind? Etc.
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Glad your ok. I lost a windsheild to a garbage truck a few years ago. Documented, witnessed, etc. They blew me off. I took them to small claims court. they had the venue changed to civil court, and the judge threw it out faster than it got to his desk. Thier laywers were very well practiced in how to screw you. Hope you fair better. They will ask,How far back were you? Were you following to close behind? Etc.
Yeah I am hoping that since they responded so quickly, they will do the right thing.
The cop said that he sees damage from truck debris very often, roll-off and dump trucks especially, they actually have monthly special units that go after the ones with no tarp covers.

1 other car stopped about 200 yards from where I was and was looking at his front tire, I couldn't get his attention before he pulled off, so no other witnesses unfortunately.

We shall see

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Good your ok, those can be very dangerous situations
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The county police did a report and hopefully Waste Management steps up and does the right thing, we shall see - if not then it is through my insurance.DK
Don't count on Waste Management stepping up. I had a similar encounter with the same type of Waste Management truck a few years ago in my car on the interstate. A 6' steel pipe rolled off the truck and hit me. Did about $1000 damage to the car but I felt lucky. If the pipe had been a foot to the right I would have had the pipe in my chest. The truck stopped and I got the drivers name and truck number but he left before the police showed. The driver denied the incident and said the pipe was in the road already. Got a standard form letter from their lawyer that they are not responsible for things in the road and they backed their lying driver. Needless to say I have not nor will I ever do any business with Waste Management. Hope you have better luck with them.

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Bike parts are replacable, body parts are not. Glad your still in one piece. It could have been alot worse.

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Well never made it to work today - but made it home in one piece and the bike is relatively ok.

I was rolling along and saw ahead a Waste Management roll-off truck, I moved to the right lane as I hate all the dust that comes off of these things, plus it didn't have a tarp across the top.
All of a sudden this fell off a Waste Management truck into my path along with a 1ft section of 2/4 and other crap.



I missed the 2/4 but the piece of concrete got me -





Yep - both front and rear wheels are bent and both tires flat

I used all my long forgotten dirt bike skills in staying upright, and after walking back up with the cop to where the chunk was he pointed out the skid mark and said that my front wheel probably went 2 - 3 ft sideways after hitting and was surprised that I kept it upright.

I contacted the local Waste Management office and finally a district mgr called me back to get a report, he asked if I got a truck #, I told him that i was too busy trying to keep my ass upright to get a truck or tag #.
The county police did a report and hopefully Waste Management steps up and does the right thing, we shall see - if not then it is through my insurance.
Got it home on a neighbors trailer - breifly looked at prices on Bike Bandit - wow !!
Lost a days pay, but have all my skin, my bike is in one piece - so I feel lucky this evening

DK
Scary stuff - glad you're OK and good job of avoidance. I had something similar do in my car windshield and the construction company stepped up to the plate and replace it. Waste Management is a big public company so if you've got good proof you may have a good chance of getting all of your loss including your lost wages. I definitely go after them or if you have collision and comprehensive insurance then it's their job to go after them after they pay you off.

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Last sept I hit a 9" open water valve hole on the highway with no cover and with a passenger on the back, both rims bent both tires flat. My insurance took good care of me plus extras minus my $50 deductible. I got a check for over $3300 from american family because I went to the parts dept at the stealer and got a printout of everything I thought could be damaged like a shock, hardware, bearings and all. I ordered the wheels from ron ayers and saved about $300 just on the wheels and did the work myself, then got a couple of new crowns with the extra money so it all worked out. 2 new rims and tires, 2 new teeth! Good luck and glad you were not hurt.
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