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Old 10-22-2012, 01:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I'm in the minor care center right now.

Here's how I ended up here.

I was on my way to the gym. I had my helmet, gauntlet gloves, and mesh jacket on, shorts and tennis shoes.

I came up to an intersection, and a car pulled out in front of me. I slowed down, using both breaks. Then as soon as the car cleared the intersection another car crawled into the intersection and STOPPED RIGHT in front of me.
I couldn't stop and had no where to go. So I pulled the front brake real tight and the rear brake real tight. Well I flipped forward and landed on the ground. Pretty much on my hands and elbows. I'm actually not hurt bad, my left elbow took quite a bit of the impact and is really sore. It hurts to bend it a little and hurts to put pressure on it.

So basically the jacket and gloves took all the impact.

I walked away with a sore elbow, and dissapointed because the bike is a little beat up.

It has a broke. Left foot peg, both mirrors broken, broken left turn signal and scratched left fairing.

So that's where I am now. Everything happened so fast. An off duty police officer saw the whole thing and said I did everything right.

I'm just bummed becaus the bike needs some attention.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Glad to hear you got lucky and landed on your gear instead of your less protected bits.

Did you, or your bike make contact with either of the cars or did you basically do an unintended stoppie and dump yourself?
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Try the brakes next time, instead of the breaks.


So I'm assuming the drivers violated your right of way, did anyone get ticketed? They should be paying for the damage if they are at fault here
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No contact was made. I did an unintended stoppie. I was really close to hitting the truck, but from what I was told there was no contact. And unfortunately, it happened so fast I can't remember everything.

Oh well...... On a lighter note..... I did my first stoppie today!!

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No one got a ticket. The officer told me they can't file it as a wreck because no contact.

I got his insurance info though. I would really like the bike fixed.

Haha yea.... Idk why I said break.... Haha
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No one got a ticket. The officer told me they can't file it as a wreck because no contact.

I got his insurance info though. I would really like the bike fixed.

Haha yea.... Idk why I said break.... Haha
Bullshit. He could have TOTALLY written a ticket. There doesn't need to be contact. It's the same thing as running a stop sign.

It'd be like if you were in a car and were forced to swerve off the road to avoid hitting him.


Glad you are alright. Curious why you went to the docs though... if you just banged up your elbow?

Or did you just want to get some xrays to be safe? I guess if it's hurting bad enough where you think you might have chipped a bone or something, it makes sense.

But it takes a LOT to get me to a doctors office. Stuff either has to be leaking out of places it shouldn't or stuff needs to be reoriented in a way that it wasn't in when I woke up that morning.
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Yes, just impeding the flow of traffic is ticketable, and there was a personal injury involved

contact his insurance, if smart they will just pay
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I agree with Kevin, the motorist should have been ticketed. He/she VIOLATED your right of way which precipitated the accident. Left turning cars always have to yield the right of way. At least you didn't get hurt worse considering you were wearing shorts and gym shoes. Even though no tickets were issued, I'd document all witness statements and look into getting a lawyer quickly. Injuries have a habit of coming back later. Personally, I injured my shoulder at work but kept telling myself that I was okay and that the stiffness would eventually go away. After six months, it didn't and I had to get my torn rotator cuff operated on. Fortunately, everything was covered by my employer's insurance no questions asked.

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Thanks guys, thanks kevinwilly.

I don't understand why no ticket was issued but both officers said there has to be contact, otherwise they write something else, it's a paper stating there was a wreck but I caused myself to go down.

So basically because I did what I learned in the msf.... The right thing, I apparently screwed myself. Because if I had hit the truck he would be 100% liable. But instead, the only way he could give me his insurance info is if he is "willing" to hand the paper to me to take a photo of. I don't understand that at all.
Which he had no problem giving me the insurance info.

My elbow is actually hurting pretty bad now. I'm not a fan of sitting and waiting in the dr either. But I need to know if my elbow is chipped or anything before I lift weights. Basically I Just wanna be on the safe side and get checked out.
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Mike, I am gonna call the insurance when I get home. And get a lawyer if necessary. I took a photo of the truck license plate and will take photos of my bike when I get home. I'll post em here too.

On a side note.... I have been wanting to get some Kevlar pants and riding boots, I've just been really short on cash.

I think I want to get a tougher jacket too. Even though the jacket is padded I'm still in pain.
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So basically because I did what I learned in the msf.... The right thing, I apparently screwed myself. Because if I had hit the truck he would be 100% liable. But instead, the only way he could give me his insurance info is if he is "willing" to hand the paper to me to take a photo of. I don't understand that at all..

There's the life lesson - doing the Right thing will often result in screwing yourself.

My wife got the plate of a hit and run driver, and I wish to god she hadn't, it's probably going to end up costing us $150k+, all because of how the System works


Still, I picked up a stray dog the other day that was in the road, and was told I was legally responsible for it, and they wouldn't come get it. Doh. Oh well, you do the Right thing because it's the Right thing.
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Well, at least they didn't ticket you for failure to maintain control of your vehicle.

Heal up quick, and think about ways to prevent this from happening again.
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Mike, I am gonna call the insurance when I get home. And get a lawyer if necessary. I took a photo of the truck license plate and will take photos of my bike when I get home. I'll post em here too.

On a side note.... I have been wanting to get some Kevlar pants and riding boots, I've just been really short on cash.

I think I want to get a tougher jacket too. Even though the jacket is padded I'm still in pain.
A tougher jacket won't do much, unless you have the cruddy foam armor in your jacket right now instead of the CE certified stuff.

What the jacket is made out of doesn't matter. Maybe look into better armor inserts, is all.

What brand/model is your jacket?
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A tougher jacket won't do much, unless you have the cruddy foam armor in your jacket right now instead of the CE certified stuff.

What the jacket is made out of doesn't matter. Maybe look into better armor inserts, is all.
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There are generally two types of damage you get in a crash: impact and abrasion. With the exception of your helmet, your gear really only limits the abrasion damage. There aren't any pants or jacket on the market that will keep you from getting hurt if you slide into, say, a light post at 55mph. CE armor is better than nothing, but its still nowhere near a silver bullet.

What I'm wondering is, did you rash through or tear your jacket?
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