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post #1 of 19 Old 03-08-2011, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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I got called today for a motorcycle vs vehicle accident. Fortunately the motorcyclist was more or less okay, but pretty shaken. He was going about 50 mph (in a 50) when a car pulled out without seeing him. He slowed to ~40, jumped right before impact, cleared the hood of the car landing on the ground. He had no major injuries and his biggest concern in the ambulance was getting a hold of his girlfriend. None the less, due to mechanism, he was examined thoroughly and taken to the hospital to have around 10 doctors assess him. The bike was totaled and car had minor fender damage.

Just a reminder to keep your eyes peeled and expect the worst as we are invisible.

In case anyone wonders about how it works in my county, in order to meet the criteria to be a trauma activation (taken to a specific trauma hospital and have specialty crews waiting arrival) there are a few ways to do it. Patients can be trauma activated by their condition, their injuries, or the incident. Any motorcycle crash over 20 mph is a trauma activation. Other criteria for comparison are car wrecks over 40 mph or being in the same vehicle as someone who died in the wreck.

What we do is dangerous, so keep your eyes wide and tires down.

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Sobering no doubt.

I suppose you are going to see a lot of this in your chosen profession.

Definitely have to stay aware and have an escape plan.

Glad he was okay.

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Not that it's not always dangerous, but it seems to be the worst in the Spring when people aren't used to seeing motorcycles on the road. I ride like I'm invisible all the time, but am especially wary at this time of year.



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I got called today for a motorcycle vs vehicle accident. Fortunately the motorcyclist was more or less okay, but pretty shaken. He was going about 50 mph (in a 50) when a car pulled out without seeing him. He slowed to ~40, jumped right before impact, cleared the hood of the car landing on the ground...


What we do is dangerous, so keep your eyes wide and tires down.

Thanx for the work you do!

I see forum posts talking about swerving, jumping off, laying her down, etc. but realistically the only sensible thing to do is to reduce speed first and foremost.

Consider, the potential energy at impact is the mass times the velocity squared! Any decrease in the velocity will have a significant reduction in impact energy.

Practice panic stops from the speeds you ride at. Seriously. Learn how to get hard on you brakes without going down. Start off slow but get up to full speed. If all you ever do is practice in parking lots @ 25 mph you won't be prepared for a full on butt clencher @ 60 mph.

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In case anyone wonders about how it works in my county, in order to meet the criteria to be a trauma activation (taken to a specific trauma hospital and have specialty crews waiting arrival) there are a few ways to do it. Patients can be trauma activated by their condition, their injuries, or the incident. Any motorcycle crash over 20 mph is a trauma activation. Other criteria for comparison are car wrecks over 40 mph or being in the same vehicle as someone who died in the wreck.
Can a person opt out of the trauma activation?

The last crash I was involved in was in 2003 and happened at about 60 mph. I needed a visit to the emergency room, but certainly didn't need to go to a trauma hospital.

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Can a person opt out of the trauma activation?

The last crash I was involved in was in 2003 and happened at about 60 mph. I needed a visit to the emergency room, but certainly didn't need to go to a trauma hospital.
Kind of. If you are in the mental capacity to make medical decisions for yourself, then you have the right to choose what treatment and transport you receive. However, the treatment you will receive from a trauma center is much better than any other hospital. Trauma centers are equipped to handle internal bleeding and other major injuries. Their doctors are also much more proficient in assessing a trauma patient in a rapid, thorough method.

In order to refuse the transport to a trauma center, you must first prove that you are oriented to person, place, time, and event. So basically state your name, what city you are in, the year, and what happened (i.e. "I wrecked my bike"). The paramedics will then advise you of the risks of your refusal. They will also most likely have to call the base hospital and speak with a doctor, then have you speak with the doctor. Lastly you will most likely have to sign that you are refusing the treatment or transport.

All in all, the protocols exist to protect the rider and it is impossible to tell if you have internal bleeding without an ultrasound and a CT scan, neither machine is available in an ambulance. So if you like life, I'd recommend just biting your lip and going to the trauma center.

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All in all, the protocols exist to protect the rider and it is impossible to tell if you have internal bleeding without an ultrasound and a CT scan, neither machine is available in an ambulance. So if you like life, I'd recommend just biting your lip and going to the trauma center.
I remember getting checked out by members of the local volunteer fire department and it was fairly clear that, other than a broken hand, I didn't have any other serious injuries. I was still trying to figure out how I could ride the bike back home for a little while.

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Thanks for the reminder. I feel we need to be reminded of this type of situation often. It's so easy to become complacent. Glad the rider was ok.
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I remember getting checked out by members of the local volunteer fire department and it was fairly clear that, other than a broken hand, I didn't have any other serious injuries. I was still trying to figure out how I could ride the bike back home for a little while.
Glad to hear you were all right and a bruised ego was the greatest of your concerns ;-)

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Glad to hear you were all right and a bruised ego was the greatest of your concerns ;-)
Actually, the broken hand, followed closely by the totaled Ducati Monster were the biggest of my concerns.

But the event did cause me to refocus my riding efforts toward being a safer rider. That's still my number one focus when riding on the street.

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