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post #1 of 12 Old 09-17-2010, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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My "09" had 3,300 miles on it. Last night coming home from work, a idiot turned left in front of me. I had the green light had a HI VIZ vest on and was doing 45 MPH. It was a split second and that was it. All I could do too stand and apply both brakes hard. The car hit my left side front fork square and hard at the wheel. I went flying over the hood rolling and landed on my feet right in front of his car. A county cop saw the whole thing right has it happened. The only thing that happened to me was a slight scratch on my right knee. He got out of his car and appologized like 5 times. I just look at him and ask "WHY did you do that?" The cop asked are you ok? I had to look at myself and said yes. Then I went into a "LOOK AT MY BIKE" !!! Thing still in slight shock. This bike was not even given a chance to turn into a oil burner. Not five months into it. And some douche bag turns into me while looking at me the whole time. God was sitting on the bike with me last night. The thought of this is going to hurt when I saw this IDIOT turn in front of was the last thought before he nailed me. It was surreal as it all unfolded in front of me. Has the roll off wrecker put my bike on the truck. It was only then I really felt greatful I was not hurt! My bike can be replaced. He was giving the ticket. I just got a hold of his insurance company and filed my claim.
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-17-2010, 11:35 AM
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My "09" had 3,300 miles on it. Last night coming home from work, a idiot turned left in front of me. I had the green light had a HI VIZ vest on and was doing 45 MPH. It was a split second and that was it. All I could do too stand and apply both brakes hard. The car hit my left side front fork square and hard at the wheel. I went flying over the hood rolling and landed on my feet right in front of his car. A county cop saw the whole thing right has it happened. The only thing that happened to me was a slight scratch on my right knee. He got out of his car and appologized like 5 times. I just look at him and ask "WHY did you do that?" The cop asked are you ok? I had to look at myself and said yes. Then I went into a "LOOK AT MY BIKE" !!! Thing still in slight shock. This bike was not even given a chance to turn into a oil burner. Not five months into it. And some douche bag turns into me while looking at me the whole time. God was sitting on the bike with me last night. The thought of this is going to hurt when I saw this IDIOT turn in front of was the last thought before he nailed me. It was surreal as it all unfolded in front of me. Has the roll off wrecker put my bike on the truck. It was only then I really felt greatful I was not hurt! My bike can be replaced. He was giving the ticket. I just got a hold of his insurance company and filed my claim.
Lucky (sort of).

So what was he doing? Texting?

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post #3 of 12 Old 09-17-2010, 11:50 AM
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Thank God your OK. Your bike can be fixed or replaced, like you said. You just never know, be on the look out boys.
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post #4 of 12 Old 09-17-2010, 11:53 AM
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God was sitting on the bike with me last night.
He should have been sitting in the other guy's car, telling him to pay attention!!

Glad to hear you're OK, and remember that the bike can be replaced, where a broken body can't.. At least you had the luck of having a law officer to witness the entire thing.. I'm not an ambulance chaser, but it might not hurt to talk to a lawyer on the matter, and if ANYTHING doesn't feel right for the next few days, go see a doctor!!
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post #5 of 12 Old 09-17-2010, 12:01 PM
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The best part of this is that you can post the details, rather than us read about it in an obit. I won't minimize your loss, but I will advise you to restock your karma!

I'd be insisting that the other driver's insurance carrier get you on a rental bike, as that is your source of transportation. They are obligated to replace with a "same class vehicle". That will speed a settlement and give you a toy until the settlement happens. The other option would be for them to pay you loss of use, around $100.00 a day.

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post #6 of 12 Old 09-17-2010, 01:48 PM
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Glad you are OK! It's a Risk! However you being aware saved your life! Imagine if you weren't you might have taken a bad fall!

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post #7 of 12 Old 09-17-2010, 02:32 PM
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Great that you came out of it okay.

Unforseen medical issues can surface later though, so don't be in a hurry to settle with the other guys insurance company. They are on the hook for all your medical expenses as well as fixing/replacing your bike. If you need massage therapy or chiro, etc. that could be weeks or even months down the line. You have 2 years before you have to settle or sue through the courts, so take your time to make sure you're okay.

Also, you might want to report the accident to your insurers if you haven't already - they are legally obliged to represent you and as you're not at fault your premiums won't be affected. (Should that be effected?? I never get that one right).
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post #8 of 12 Old 09-17-2010, 03:15 PM
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All good advice and I have none to add, but I'm glad you're ok and sorry it happened.




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post #9 of 12 Old 09-17-2010, 10:44 PM
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Yours is story we all read, and thinkk, "Damn, that coulda been me." So glad you were able to walk away mad. Keep at it, let your insurance company know and they will give you guidance on how to proceed.

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post #10 of 12 Old 09-18-2010, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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get this

This guy has NO insurance. Had too file a uninsured motorist claim thru my insurance company. Looks like small claims court is in his near future of things to do.
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