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post #1 of 19 Old 06-14-2018, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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T-Boned on the Highway

The 1st week of April I was T-Bone by an out of control car on the highway. Apparently the driver was cut off and moved onto the shoulder. When he re-entered the road he lost control, cut across 4 lanes of traffice and hit me at a 90 degree angle. It looks like the bulk of the impact was the front of the bike just in front of my leg. I have no memory of the accident. I lost about 24 hours of memory.

I ended up with 6 broken ribs in my upper back, a punctured and collapsed lung, broken sternum, broken collarbone, broken finger and bleeding on the brain. I also sprained both wrists. I spent 5 days in ICU on a ventilator and another 5 days in a step down unit. Currently I'm doing pretty well. I'm still super week and tire quickly. Sneezing is still aweful...hurts like hell...like getting hit with a shovel in the back and center of my chest at the same time.

I returned to work this past Monday after 9 weeks off. I'm easing my way back into work. I'm recovering quickly. Luckily I was in good shape fitness wise. I think that's contributing to my recover. I lost about 20 pounds of muscle which I'm gonna start working on next week.

I've been a believer in ATGATT...now I REALLY am. Despite hitting the ground at highway speed my Aerostich suit left me no scratches...no road rash.
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A Very rough one to go through.
The lung not return to normal?
Good luck and thank you for telling us.

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Sorry for your accident. Hope you recover fully soon.

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Dang, glad you're still around to tell the story. Hope you heal up quickly.

This year I've started wearing a Helite airbag vest on the street. I had a medium speed lowside on the track in April while wearing one, and it worked well. It's pricy and an extra step, but I'd definitely recommend it.
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That's horrible but glad to hear you are healing up!

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Glad you are OK. Sounds terrible. Keep Up the healing!
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Wow man glad you made it! I had to Google ATGATT, I always wear my gear. Except this week I rolled my zx9-r out of the garage and was riding it up the road in front of my house with no helmet, and shorts. It's a dead end Rd with very little traffic, I was going way too fast and almost hit my neighbors pit bull dog.. Scared me, I'm not leaving my house again unless I'm in full gear!
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Wow, hard to consider yourself lucky after you were put through all that. But you are here to tell the story thankfully. Here's to a quick recovery and a safer future.

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post #9 of 19 Old 06-14-2018, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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One more thing I almost forgot. I was on my way to my friend’s house when I got hit. Before I left I connected him to my Google location sharing. When I was over due he messaged me asking why I was at the hospital. Shortly after that he came to the hospital. I was unable to use my phone for about 5 days after. He would never have known what happened for a long time.

Thanks for all the support. I really need to hang out on StromTrooper more often. I spend too much time on TacomaWorld.com
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Happy ending to a bad story. You are lucky for sure, and smart to wear ATGATT. I have been debating getting one of those inflatable vests for extra protection, Hit-Air,Helite and others. In your case, it would have helped a lot.
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