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post #1 of 27 Old 07-19-2006, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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rider down/ dog-gone it!

It is my sad duty to report a local V Strommer has gone down - ME!

I hit a dog (pit bull) early last week, and ended up spending the remainder of the week in the hospital; broken clavicle, ribs. foot, punctured lung, and a generally beat up left side.

I don't think I was doing more than 10mph when I went down, so it plays to the old adage that it low speed crashes are generally worse, as you don't lose any energy by sliding.

All I know is that as soon as I healed enough, I'll be looking to make a new (pitbull) rug to put in front of the fireplace!

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post #2 of 27 Old 07-19-2006, 11:22 AM
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You must have run into something solid, even your bike. I recently got off at triple digits but got away fom the bike and only hit the pavement. The result was a broken hand and wrist, separated shoulder, and road rash around the knee pads and other arm when my jacket sleeve was pushed up past my elbow. I must have hit left hand first and somewhat forward. It's like falling from a great height; it's not the fall that gets you, but the sudden stop. Keep a positive attitude. This too will pass.

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post #3 of 27 Old 07-19-2006, 11:36 AM
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Sorry to hear about your accident, hope you have a speedy recovery. I think I would be more ticked off at the owners of the dog. Did the dog survive?
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post #4 of 27 Old 07-19-2006, 11:42 AM
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What did you land on, or in? Thats about the speed I went down and the bike was much worse than me. If the dog had tags and was loose the owners could possibly be held responsible. Hope you get back in the saddle soon.
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post #5 of 27 Old 07-19-2006, 12:48 PM
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Along with being a responsible motorcyclist, I am also a responsibly pet owner! I don't believe in letting your pets run loose to cause problems. In the state I live in, Florida, the owners could be held responsible for all of your loses, including your hospital bill. Might want to check with a legal representative in your area.
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post #6 of 27 Old 07-19-2006, 01:57 PM
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Clavicle fracture.....that's a fun one to heal, no cast. But I feel for you, with a newly healed clavicle and other bones myself, and wish you a fast recovery.
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post #7 of 27 Old 07-19-2006, 02:33 PM
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The worst I got from my deer, at 45-50mph was a fractured shoulderblade. Like greywolf said, you must'a hit something solid.

Glad you're on the road to mending.
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post #8 of 27 Old 07-19-2006, 09:33 PM
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on the dog subject, and just in the way of education to other readers, there's a pretty foolproof way to avoid them if you have the opportunity to see them up ahead. i just did it tonight as a matter of fact and do it anytime i see a dog on the side of the road whether he's running or not. when you see the dog has seen you, slow a little until it starts to make his sprint (or hopefully doesn't), then gun it. once he picks his line and darts, you're accelerating out of his path and he can't change direction fast enough. i ride in the country all the time and have avoided quite a few dogs this way.

sorry about your incident. i dont' know whether you could have missed him or not and don't mean to imply that. a wreck's a wreck and always a drag, just an FYI to the board on dogs.

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post #9 of 27 Old 07-19-2006, 10:14 PM
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Klong......Heal well, you still have a lot of miles an smiles to enjoy.

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post #10 of 27 Old 07-20-2006, 02:20 PM
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Dog strikes

Klong - sorry to hear of your misfortune. I hope your recovery is speedy and troublefree.

Do you think there was anything you could have done better looking back at the situation or was it just one of those split second out of no where things?

I would think you could go back to the irresponsible dog owner for damages too.

I like Buchjoe's suggestion as to avoid an incursion - thanks Buchjoe.

Years ago I hit a large dog with my Honda Passport C90. Well er....I actually ran over him *bump ....diddy...bump*. I was lucky. The front wheel struck him right at his neck. He must've been going low trying to bite the front tire. I remember never changing my speed ( about 25) - kept 'gettin it and never looked back but for a glance in the rearview to see a dog lying in the middle of the road.

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