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Last Tuesday night I was riding along minding my own business when a guy in a white SUV jumped three lanes and slammed on his brakes in front of me. I think when I crashed into the back of him I was going 15-20 and he was going 10-15mph. I had no where to go...well maybe I could have swerved to the left of him. However, he could have been making a left turn. So much for always having a bail out route. The bike is fine the crash bars did what they do. One front turn signal is broken. The fender has a crack. My balls hurt from hitting the tank and my shoulder and hip are sore from hitting the ground. I almost got run over by a mini van when I was on the ground.

A guy on a bicycle stopped to help pick up the moto and checked it out. The SUV just took off. I swear I was going through it's rear window. The guy on the bike told me the SUV hit the breaks hard enough the front wheels skidded a bit. He thought the driver was turning left and then went straight. He tried to get his plates but could not.


The day before I practicing panic stops in a parking lot. I'm so glad I was doing that. I'll continue to practice. I think I might have been able to avoid the collision had I swerved to the right and split the lane with the vehicle to my right. I didnt' leave enough bail out space. Also I was a bit tired and should have driven my truck.

The next day I went to work a little beat up. My nuts hurt but I wasn't too concerned. Until I went to the bathroom and noticed how swollen they were...and bruised. I called my Dr to make an appointment but there was nothing available for a week. The person on the phone suggested urgent care. Urgent care ordered an ultrasound a few hours later. A few minutes after the ultra sound the Urgent Care doc called and told me I had to go to the nearest ER immediately and request a urologist for a possible ruptured testicle. Several tests later I was released with a diagnosis of contusion of the testicle and testicular hematoma. I was given a prescription for Hydrocodone which, at the time, I did not intend to fill. It didn't hurt that much. The next day I could barely walk as I hobbled into the pharmacy to get the prescription filled. Even with hydrocodone the pain was immense. It's been a week, the pain is less but it'll still surprise me. The swelling is still there and the bruising is getting better.

Apparently this injury is rare but less rare on motorcycles and bicycles.

Gentleman out there please take care of your bits while riding. Don't do what I did.
 

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Holy hell! Words cannot express how sorry I am that that happened to you...

Probably a long shot, but see if there were any cameras around that intersection. Or get a dashcam to record stuff like that.
 

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Brother, ice can be the family jewels best friend, eases pain and reduces swelling!
 

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+1 on icing ASAP to reduce swelling. Guess you'll have to play away games for awhile ;-) Glad the outcome wasn't much worse!

Many years back I stepped out of a car into an indentation. My foot went down and it felt like it shifted 45°. My ankle just made a loud POP and I went right to the ground screaming. Friends helped me into the hotel room and I stuck my entire foot in a trash can filled with ice on & off for the next hour. It took 3 days before I was able to walk normally. To this day it can still go out on me if I'm not careful. For that reason, I carry one of those sports chemical ice packs in my IFAK just in case.
 

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I would be sure the police or sheriff gets as much of the license number as possible. (Did your witness get anything?) Also, the make/model/color of the SUV. Its driver is a felon, now. Running helps establish culpability. If that driver can be found, you will likely be able to recover something from him. Even if he is underinsured, he may well not be judgment-proof.

It's the existence of A-holes like that and uninsured idiots that motivates me to carry MC insurance, with under-insured other motorist coverage, even though legally I need not be insured. (In Washington, they must figure motorcycles are much less capable of damaging others.)
 

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At least you minimized the damage by practicing panic stops, which probably helped.
The nut sack discoloration and swelling will probably take a week or 3 to completely resolve. That's how long it took when I dropped the bike on its side, with me still in riding position.
Glad the d-bag did not hit you.
 

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My friend, I hurt just reading it.

Here's to your speedy recover!
 

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Thanks for all the support. I've only been on this forum for a short time. So far I really like it.

No cameras in the area. My witness didn't get anything at all. I've been researching a dash cam system for the bike for the last couple of days.

I'm thinking of taking a second intermediate motorcycle safety course. I took the beginner one in April.

I'm doing much better. There is very little pain and the swelling is slowly going down. I'm still icing frequently. I work as a chef so finding time to sit and ice while at work is next to impossible so I do it often while out of work. I rode in to work instead of taking my truck today. It felt really good to ride again.
 

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Otis24,
Although it doesn't sound like it was your fault, I would try to learn any lessons you can from this unfortunate accident. I was struck from behind by another motorcyclist while in a group ride. It was certainly not my fault, but I am damn sure I DO NOT follow too closely when group riding. And, I also only ride with cyclists whose riding skills I am familiar with.

Glad to hear you and the "boys" are better. Stay as far away from any and everyone while riding. :smile2:
 

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NUTS

hey otis24, glad to hear that you and the boys are healing up. Reminds me of a happening years ago. I was riding an enduro and going thru the woods, rode off of a ravine, over the bars, nuts hit the guages, laying in the ravine, and two women who had seen the whole thing came over to see if I was OK, and I said, hit my nuts on the guages. Give me a minute to catch my breath. Never forget that one.
 

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One can only hope you find some cute young thing to kiss and make it better!
Sounds horrible. All of my mishaps haven't involved reproductive bits! Get well soon!
 

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Did you report this to the police, it sounds like the guy may have done it on purpose, and if he did, he may have done it to others, you may be able to find his license plate number from that.

The Police can make a note about it at any rate, they can watch for reports about a White SUV taking out Motorcyclists, so the next time it happens, there may be more information.

Short of wearing an athletic supporter when riding, there isn't much we can do to protect ourselves down there for this kind of crash. We are sitting legs open on top of a tank of gas and flying into a whack of instruments.

Get well soon.
 

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Last Tuesday night I was riding along minding my own business when a guy in a white SUV jumped three lanes and slammed on his brakes in front of me. I think when I crashed into the back of him I was going 15-20 and he was going 10-15mph. I had no where to go...
What you need is one of these........:wink2:

 

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Bad news there otis24, hope you and the boys are healing promptly and be riding again soon ;)
Thanks for the "heads up" about protecting the nads. That swollen testicle must've been quite a spectacle.
Your experience should lead us to become more sackreligious ;)
 

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Man that's bad luck there otis24, glad you're on the mend. I've had this happen but not quite to the ground... but it is one of the reasons I wear a helmet-cam (sony actioncam) now... maybe I should add my infielder's cup to my riding protection :0

Where did this happen? Didn't find your location on your profile...
 

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This was in San Jose Ca. I'm doing much better. The hematoma hasn't fully subsided so my left nut is still bigger than the right. But, it's slowly normalizing. At least it's small enough that it doesn't get in the way all time.

Reminds me of an old joke -

"Should I be concerned that I have one testicle that's bigger than the other two?"
 

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Hope you feel better soon.

My general practitioner told me once about one of his clients who broke his pelvis in similar crash.

I had a 70 to 0 emergency stop the other day on beltway, stopped 3 feet clear. Judging by your story my 4-pot upgrade have paid off.
 
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