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post #1 of 23 Old 11-22-2013, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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I was in an accident last friday. Driving on a four lane road in the inside lane. 8 oclock. Dude in a truck tried to do an illegal u from the other lane. I sprained my shoulder bad and tweaked my neck and shoulder. It was like a truck suddenly materialized in front of me. He was TOTALLY at fault and got yelled at by a witness. He has no insurance. Gangbanger dude.

I was in my car.

If I had been on my bike...

Something we don't like to think about, but I've been thinking about it a lot. I'll be spot checking oncoming lanes more carefully from now on.

Please ride safe, guys.




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post #2 of 23 Old 11-22-2013, 09:07 PM
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Thanks for the reminder LJ. Glad you weren't hurt worse. We get into the routine of believing that cagers only F.Up in front of bikes. They do it all the time, even in front of semis. Its just that much worse when they do it in front of a bike.
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Glad it wasn't worse! A good philosophy is to always scan everywhere, and have a healthy case of Paranoia.

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Yikes! Glad to hear you weren't hurt too badly! Much damage to your car?

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Had a 70yr old Harley rider killed here about a week ago. "T" boned a left turners passenger door!

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LJ, sorry you got hurt in that wreck and hope you're on the mend. I take it you were alone in the car? Jeez, if he didn't see a CAR coming he darn sure wouldn't have seen a BIKE. Idiots, never underestimate em'.

Jim, always sorry to hear of a rider getting hurt or killed. Around here starting in spring there are always stories of riders getting in a crash often resulting in death. Usually always older Harley riders (and I'm not Harley bashing, just ride your ride and stating the facts). What happens is these old guys (Ha, my age!) buy a new heavy bike and last rode a dirtbike when they were teenagers. No training, little or no gear, and get dead. Sad. Same is true here to a lesser extent of a young man selecting a 150 HP sportbike as his first ride.

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I was in an accident last friday. Driving on a four lane road in the inside lane. 8 oclock. Dude in a truck tried to do an illegal u from the other lane. I sprained my shoulder bad and tweaked my neck and shoulder. It was like a truck suddenly materialized in front of me. He was TOTALLY at fault and got yelled at by a witness. He has no insurance. Gangbanger dude.

I was in my car.

If I had been on my bike...

Something we don't like to think about, but I've been thinking about it a lot. I'll be spot checking oncoming lanes more carefully from now on.

Please ride safe, guys.

Glad you're still with us. Are you going to be able to get your car fixed?

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Glad you're ok, and that you weren't on your bike. That's one of my worst fears, but we keep riding because we love it.
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post #9 of 23 Old 11-24-2013, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys. I've been offline. Update. I'm OK. Resting my neck/back and my shoulder which, wow, I won't ever chuckle if someone bitches about a sprained shoulder.

The car is amazingly fine. The bumper is a little worse for wear, but the truck was lifted, so I think I went under it up to the end of the bumper. Kind of a mystery. A good one though. Car is drivable. And I think we'll pay off some off some credit card debt with the $300 bucks we got from the insurance.

And yeah, thank goodness the girls weren't in the car.

Haven't been back on the bike, but I will be once my shoulder heals. Until then I'll just watch this perfect riding/fishing weather and curse the jerk who left turned me.

Thanks for the kind words, fellas.




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post #10 of 23 Old 11-26-2013, 02:59 PM
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Flash, it surprises me that Alabama does not require someone to prove that they know how to ride before they issue a motorcycle license. Only written test here, how about Texas?
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