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They say its not if but when!. Unfortunately, yesterday was my when.
I cruised about 150 miles to a family reunion yesterday morning. I met up with my bro and we rode part of the way together. Had a great time at the reunion and I headed home around 4pm. I made it about 90 miles when a guy in a Dodge pickup pulled out in front of me and I couldn't stop in time. I did managed to get slowed down significantly to where our collision was likely between 15-25 mph. He pulled out from a cross road intending to go the same direction I was traveling. I saw it happening and was on the brakes and moving to my right. I typically ride in the left 3rd of the lane and the impact happened in the right 3rd of the lane. It was a glancing impact almost a side swipe. My left side impacted at the rear of the trucks cab. I want down on my left side.
I had just passed two ambulances assisting a motorist less than a 1/2 mile behind me so I knew help would be there quickly and it was. A gentleman traveling the opposite direction immediately parked his truck to protect me from other vehicles and came to my aid. He was at my side literally within seconds of me hitting the ground. He was active military and immediately started accessing me. Fortunately my only injury was a very sore leg (I assume impact with the truck and my fuel tank and foot floor board.
The guy that hit me stopped, several witnessed stopped and helped and law and aid were there very quickly. All in all, it could have been SO MUCH WORSE. I ride AGATT and it paid big time. I literally have no scrapes, cuts, abrasions. I have a huge bruise and that's about it.
My gear saved my bacon from a whole lot of road rash. My helmet saved my noggin. After replaying it in my head over and over I think I did a good job. I saw him coming, I hit the brakes and I moved right. I anticipated him pulling out and was watching. He started to move and then stopped. I thought I was in the clear and he wasn't going to go. I took my attention off of the truck and back onto the two cars that pulled out from where the truck was sitting. When I looked back toward the truck it was almost in my lane. The driver of the truck chose to not use the "merge lane" and came all the way into my lane. It happened very fast.
Anyhow, I am good. the bike was rideable and I rode it another 20 miles to the ferry where my wife picked me up and trailered it home. I'm sore and bruised up but I'm good.
The bike is OK too. Its got a lot of road rash but nothing that can't be fixed. I'd guess 3-4k in damage. Mostly cosmetic.
Life is good, God is good!

Tharin
 

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So glad to hear you are OK, that's the main thing. Proper gear works, and you help prove it. It's encouraging that people stopped to assist. Now days it seems at times most people only worry about themselves. Hopefully you soreness will soon be gone. Keep us informed on the cosmetic issues once you access further.
 

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Tharin

you did all the right things: esp

you were wearing all your gear on a long road trip

you were riding defensively and expecting people to do the stupid things people do

Im sure you will go over it again many times in your head.

I would suggest maybe two things, maybe you could have steered around him instead of full on braking, or some of both.

The other thing I would suggest is dont try to guess what the other guy is thinking or doing, or going to do. Treat every vehicle as if it is mysteriously driving around by itself at random. As long as its pointed across your path, and would be able to accelerate infront of you, then be ready for it.

Im glad you posted about this. Driving to work almost everyday I see someone coming up on a cross street too fast, faster than I would be going if I was going to stop. Normally they do stop, often they stop way past the stop line leaving no margin for error, and no opportunity for me to judge if they are going to stand on the brake, or blow thru the stop sign. So at least once a day Im slowing down as a precaution, and most of the time it was not necessary.

But I do it any way, and I will keep doing it, and your accident is the reason why. There have been several times when the other person was pulling out, and I stopped completely, then laid on the horn.

Its kinda annoying having to ride around feeling like a sacrifice tied to a moving altar, knowing anyone could take you out - but thats the deal

and I love to ride, so its the price of being in the game.
 

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Yes, not really anything else you can do.

I'm still attempting to get used to these florida people. Always driving down the wrong way on the road, one way enterances and exits. on and off ramps, and driving randomly across the middle grass.

Never had issues with people driving the wrong way in maryland, except when there was a foot or more of snow.
 

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Good to hear you weren't seriously injured and that the people stopped to help (especially the other driver). I'm sorry it happened to you but hopefully your story will show others how fast it can happen and that wearing all your gear, all the time can save a lot of injuries, even your life.
 

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Yes, not really anything else you can do.

I'm still attempting to get used to these florida people. Always driving down the wrong way on the road, one way enterances and exits. on and off ramps, and driving randomly across the middle grass.

Never had issues with people driving the wrong way in maryland, except when there was a foot or more of snow.
There’s a reason we in other states call them “Floridiots”!
 

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Tharin im so glad it wasn’t any worse for you and your bike. You kept your wits about you and you are here to tell us about it. I hope you heal up quickly.


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Glad to hear you are OK! Riding now with cell phones and traffic circles makes riding a bike even more dangerous. Seems like stop signs, red lights, yield signs and right of way are merely suggestions. Seems everybody has "the other guy will yield" mentality. Myself, I ride super cautious, expecting the other driver to ignore the rules of the road...and me... But the fact that you were properly clothed is another reason to make sure you are suited up every time you go out on the cycle.
 

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Driving to work almost everyday I see someone coming up on a cross street too fast, faster than I would be going if I was going to stop. Normally they do stop, often they stop way past the stop line leaving no margin for error, and no opportunity for me to judge if they are going to stand on the brake, or blow thru the stop sign..
The ones that give me a nice shot of adrenaline, are the ones that come to a stop, then right before you get to them they decide to move forward a couple feet. Always get's a "****!" out of me.
 

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^ there is another driver dynamic that happens

Im lucky, people around here are really good at stopping when they are making a left turn, or pulling out from a parking lot, and waiting for approaching motorcycles. They are nice about it to the point that most will stop when they have more than enough time to make the turn, sometimes when they have several seconds

but... I still have to slow down as I approach them so I have control if they decide to just go, or if they stopped because they are looking at their phone, and they dont see me at all

and that sets up another situation - if I slow down too much they will think Im giving them time to go, they hesitate, and then pull out in front of me after sitting there for 5 seconds - its a very delicate balance

Riding to work on a street with several farms I saw a squirrel kinda bouncing across the street - taking few steps, stopping, a few steps...

so I beeped my horn as I slowed down, there was no one behind me, and just as I get past the squirrel on the shoulder a lady in a Subaru is backing out of a driveway infront of me
and she just backs out right into the street, I had to stop completely.

Then as she pulls away in the same direction as me, she waves like (hey! Thanks for slowing down and letting me out)

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There were no other cars on the street. I thought this over all the way to work, and I hope what happened was she saw me slow down a bit, and I BeepBeep'd the horn, so she thought I was telling her to go ahead.

She could not have seen the squirrel.

The only other possibility is she did not look or did not see me at all, until I was stopped behind her car in the middle of the street.
 

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thanks for posting this. It's a reminder to always be ready for it. Glad to you hear you are ok other than a bruise.

On the bright side, do you get a new bike out of insurance? Did they write it off considering the amount of damage?
 

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I meet with the adjuster on July 1. I took it to the shop earlier this week and they told me we are gonna be close to a total. They hadn't ran all the numbers so we'll see. I'm kinda mixed on the idea. Its been a great bike and had zero issues before the accident. That said, I also don't like the idea of having a bike that has been in an accident. I doubt I can replace it for what they will give me so.......I'll just wait and see how it plays out.
I'm still pretty dang sore. Below my knee on my left leg is painful to the touch and walking. It kinda sucks hobbling around.
Funny note-the guys insurance called on Thursday and wanted me to settle the medical side for $1000. They said that should cover my doctor bills and lost wages--I laughed---and then got pissed!
 

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Wow Tharin, a whopping 1k? Geez, amazing they would insult your intelligence for such a low figure. Hang tough and I suggest you don’t sign anything until you are 100% medically cleared, just my .02 cents worth.


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Well, two weeks post accident and I'm feeling much better. Leg is way less swollen and for the most part feels OK. My shin is still extremely sore. I had a doc appt with an orthopedics doctor and they took more xrays. They say all is good and just soft tissue injury. So, time should heal me up good.
I'm having a little trouble with insurance. One of my helmet communicators was lost during the accident. I use the Cardo Scalarider Q3. Insurance said they will replace the Q3 with a new one (new model) but it appears that the new model (packtalk bold) will not work 100% with the Q3. I really need to get the duo set. Not sure if I can get insurance to purchase both but I'm going to try. As for my gear (coat, pants, boots and helmet) it appears they will replace 100%. Thats cool.
Still haven't heard an estimate on the bike. Should hear something this week.
I'm bummed, I head to Yellow Stone Nation Park next week for a family vacation. My brother and I talked about taking our bikes and cruise around a little. Can't happen now. No gear and no bike.
As I said in my original post-I'm alive and walking-I really can't be too bummed.
Stay safe all,

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Good to hear you're on the mend, Tharin. It does suck about this screwing up your vacation plans, but like you said, you're alive and relatively unscathed. It could've been a lot worse. Hopefully your insurance will come through for you on your bike, hopefully soon. Don't give up on the communicator. I'm not sure how insurance works where you are but here they're supposed to get you back up and running like you were before the accident, and if the new communicator won't work with the old one, that's not going to be the case. It wasn't your fault and you shouldn't have to pay out of pocket for anything. They can go after his insurance company to cover it.
 

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... My brother and I talked about taking our bikes and cruise around a little. Can't happen now. No gear and no bike.
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I did not get a license till I was in my 50s.

About a year after I got my VS650 I started looking at the bikes on craigslist. There were a lot of bikes that I missed out on owning over those 50 years, because I was only riding enduro bikes thru the woods and on trails...

Two years ago I decided to put a windshield and fork deflectors on the 650 to see how it would do on long distance 75mph thruway trips. Was disappointed, it was tolerable, and better than riding that fast with no windshield, but quickly realized I needed a bigger bike for longer trips...

so now I have a naked royal star and the 650

all those years I was looking at Honda 750/4 and yamaha 750/triple, Yamaha SR400 "thumper", goldwings, BMWs... I kept stopping myself with "I cant ride two bikes - I only need one".

Having two bikes in the garage is nice, they both have their own purpose, and each one can replace the other for a while if necessary.
 
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