Tags: motorcycle, motorcycle accident, motorcycle safety
Just got hit by a truck 1.5 blocks from home this afternoon. Dislocated finger, loads of bruises, nothing broken no internal damage. 4 hours in the ER. Man they work FAST when you say “I just got hit by a car while riding a motorcycle and my neck hurts.”
My bike? She’s more than likely totaled. Front end is wobbling, every part is snapped or smashed. Gas tank is punctured. Crash bars bent, saddlebag is cracked and broken, brake pedal is bent, throttle cable ripped off, right grip ripped clean through the metal, mirror snapped at the bolt. Windshield mount is mangled, light bar snapped in half, turn signal broke off. Chrome floorboard cover is ground on the side. The front end of the bike is wobbling in the neck. The guys that stopped to help were all bikers and they pushed it to my house. The one guys said that it simply won’t track straight at all and that’s not a good sign. Front rim might be bent too. The cop who came is also a biker, he said he’s never seen this much damage that wasn’t a write-off.
The driver? That motherfu….that *guy* tried to slip inside my right-hand turn. I was signalling for almost a full block, I triple-tapped the brakes BEFORE I slowed for my stop, I dropped into first, let off the clutch, leaned in to start the turn and BAM. He slipped inside ON MY RIGHT while I was making a right-hand turn. He even argued with the COP that I ran into him! The cop told me that he said to the guy “Buddy, that’s just not how it works. All these witnesses saw him leading you down this one lane road for more than 100 yards. You cannot under any conditions be on that side of him, so even if he did turn into you, it’s still 100% your fault.”
I didn’t turn into him, BTW. He scraped the curb with his tire, he had to go so far over to the right to get between me and the turn. I was going maybe 5 miles an hour, and I had already started my turn when he tried to go around me on the inside of a right hand turn. He hit me going about 20 mph.It was just like you see in the movies…every moment is burned into my brain in exquisite detail. I knew the instant I felt the jolt. I thought “That gold Ford just hit me.” Then I thought “What the fuck is he doing on my right?” Then I thought “Holy shit my head just bounced off the ground.” And then I leaped up and tore after the guy. The witnesses thought I was going to pull him out of the truck and kill him. The cop told me that the first call was “motorcycle/vehicle accident” but then right after they got a call that the “biker was enraged and might hurt the driver.”
Yeah. I was mad. I just could not fathom why on earth anyone would think it was okay to come to the inside of someone making aright hand turn. And also? I HAD JUST GOTTEN HIT BY A TRUCK THAT TOTALED MY BIKE.
The driver was cited for passing on the right, and he does have valid insurance, so I am going after him with everything I got. Probably going to file some sort of personal injury lawsuit as well. Gonna talk that over with a lawyer ASAP.
The pluses: Armored leather jacket protected all my stuff. Skull Crush helmet, although non-DOT, was absolutely amazing. I smacked my forehead flat on the road, not a scratch, no headache, no concussion, no nothing. Those helmets are everything the company says they are. Also, the crash bars & hard saddlebags on the motorcycle protected my lower body. The real damage to me came from the fact that my LEFT hand stayed trapped between the handlebar and the clutch lever, and that’s what dislocated my finger. I was wearing armored gloves as well, and the knuckles on my right hand glove are scraped. Hand is fine though. WEAR YOUR PROTECTION. WEAR A HELMET. WEAR A JACKET. NEVER WEAR SHORTS, ALWAYS WEAR LEATHER BOOTS.
I AM UNDAUNTED. I will ride again, as soon as I can get a new bike and, well, the pain goes away.