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post #1 of 45 Old 09-23-2010, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Abrupt End To My Riding Season

Last Saturday I was faced with a bad situation. I was riding 35mph on a road with one lane each way. As I approach a small road on the right, a car appeared and stopped.I moved to the middle of the road to make myself more visible as there was a mailbox obstructing the drivers view. I watched the driver look my way and made eye contact. My focus progressed to the road ahead and the traffic on both lanes of travel. The next thing I see is the car pull out maybe 15 feet from me . I swerved hard left then back right again to avoid the traffic in the other lane. It proved too much to stay upright and down I went, landing on my left side and sliding and rolling back over to my side of the road. I was assisted by a group of bikers on a poker run, all of whom were off duty paramedics, firefighters and police officers who witnessed the crash. To a man they agreed that I had no chance and did the best anyone could under the circumstances. The driver of course said the usual"I'm sorry-I didn't see you" despite the hi vis jacket.
The end result is a small patch of road rash on my left arm, a huge 10"x10" ugly bruise on my left hip and two fractures of my right wrist that will not require surgery.
My full set of gear took the brunt, gloves, pants and helmet are done for, but my jacket looks fine. The bike has been looked at by the insurance co. $3700 in damage, but that was the drivers agent, mine is going to look on Monday. Good thing I had the Givi engine guards installed last month!
Too bad though-Fall is my favorite time to ride.
As always-be careful out there!

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post #2 of 45 Old 09-23-2010, 10:29 PM
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Glad to hear you're relatively ok. Wishing you (and your bike) a speedy recovery. Hope to see you back on the road soon!

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post #3 of 45 Old 09-23-2010, 11:25 PM
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I watched the driver look my way and made eye contact. ..."I'm sorry-I didn't see you"
Seeing is not noticing. Eye contact is not brain contact.

Sherlock Holmes to Dr. Watson: "I see no more than you, but I have trained myself to notice what I see."

ATGATT. All The Gear All The Time. Would any different gear have protected you better?

Take your time settling with that guy's insurance company. Be sure you are made whole--bike, protective gear, you. Get the police report as soon as possible and check it for accuracy and completeness. Get corrections made if necessary and possible.

Best of luck. Get well.

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post #4 of 45 Old 09-24-2010, 12:10 AM
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Seeing is not noticing. Eye contact is not brain contact.

True. There is also the issue of how much time do you spend on making sure the other drivers brain is working? So many objects, so litle time. Maybe a quick beep of the horn?
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post #5 of 45 Old 09-24-2010, 12:17 AM
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I've started turning on my high beams in these situations.

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post #6 of 45 Old 09-24-2010, 12:29 AM
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wow - glad you're "OK"......bet you've been running the sequence in you head over and over and over, trying to find out if there were any trap doors you coulda squeezed thru.....don't let it drive you nuttz.

Once again, bravo for wearing your gear. Every bit helps!

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post #7 of 45 Old 09-24-2010, 12:51 AM
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Glad you are OK.

Best riding advice I ever got: assume you are invisible. I ride like nobody can see me.

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post #8 of 45 Old 09-24-2010, 01:19 AM
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Glad you are "relatively" OK. Broken wrist and damaged bike...not good.

I've taken to SMIDSY maneuvers, but even that probably wouldn't have helped in your situation. The driver was brain-dead.

And I agree with the 'take your time' approach to settling with insurance...you need the bike and gear, as well as future medical issues, addressed. Get as many witness statements as possible.

Again, glad to hear you survived to ride another day!

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Sorry to read of your crash. Heal well,and keep the advil close by.

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post #10 of 45 Old 09-24-2010, 06:43 AM
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well, any crash you can walk away from...

as others have said, take your time with insurance. the first offer is usually a "go away" lowball they hope you take. get a real world, full on quality estamate from a shop you trust. he should be paying for your gear, and your pain and suffering, too.
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