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post #1 of 21 Old 05-23-2011, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Morning Commute gone awry

Left for work at 6:00 am as normal; all the gear. Get to the first stop light, stop, check rear mirror, check left, hear brakes?? grab throttle and, damn too slow, become a hood ornament for a full size van.

Didn't walk away because some neck and shoulder pain so didn't move until the ambulance shows up. Doc at emergency room takes xrays and says everything looks well. At home after only 3 hours with pain reliever (motrin) and muscle relaxants.

Thanks God for gear.

Front part of bike looks pretty good, rear not so much:

Rear Left

Rear Right

Front Right

Front Left



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post #2 of 21 Old 05-23-2011, 01:44 PM
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Yikes! Glad you're (apparently) okay, looks like your head made a serious impact on the windshield there.
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post #3 of 21 Old 05-23-2011, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Delegate1k View Post

At home after only 3 hours with pain reliever (motrin) and muscle relaxants.
Very glad to hear you are ok!
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post #4 of 21 Old 05-23-2011, 01:51 PM
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Glad your doing well enough to be talking to us. Just the same, take it easy for awhile until you know everythings OK. It takes time for somethings to show up after an accident. (Why Insurance is quick to pressure for settlements) Hope everything works out. And looking forward to seeing you on the road again.
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post #5 of 21 Old 05-23-2011, 01:51 PM
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Yikes.. Please let us know what Gear you were wearing and how you think it performed! Glad you came through OK!

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post #6 of 21 Old 05-23-2011, 01:54 PM
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Get well soon, coulda been so much worse... especially with the nice star on the windshield. I've seen the results from people making those with their skull and they weren't leaving the hospital in three hours. Helmets work.

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post #7 of 21 Old 05-23-2011, 02:00 PM
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Glad you are OK. Good thing there was no real hood ornament or you may have had it rammed up your nether regions. This is one thing we all worry about and there is only so much you can do to avoid a rear ending. Take care and hope you have many healthy rides in the future.

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post #8 of 21 Old 05-23-2011, 02:14 PM
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That sucks, glad you're okay, could have been worse.

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post #9 of 21 Old 05-23-2011, 02:24 PM
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Get well. Follow all the doc's instructions and rehab routines.

Separate the insurance claims into separate parts.
--Protective gear
--Your injuries

It is OK to settle on the stuff as soon as you agree with the offer. Take all the time you need to heal before you settle on the medical. If you feel like the insurance company is trying to stiff you, discuss things with an attorney. Lawyers cost you money, so be wary of their charges, but sometimes they are very worthwhile.

Get a copy of the police report. Be sure it is accurate. Keep in touch and enjoy the new bike the insurance will buy for you.

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post #10 of 21 Old 05-23-2011, 02:30 PM
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I'm glad you were able to walk away.

I hope you acquire a new ride, and retain the courage to ride it.

Surviving the total destruction of a motorcycle is a harrowing event, and
the memories will stay with you a long time. You know why I know this,
but the details are irrelevant.

I hope you have already resolved to ride again soon. I did, and rejoice.

Your luck can only improve.

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