Deer vs Me

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by goodburbon, Oct 9, 2016.

  1. goodburbon

    goodburbon Been here awhile

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    3:30AM. On my way to work. Deer steps out in front of me from a hill too close for me to slow down. I have "flail chest", a broken collarbone, and pulmonary contusions. Yay.
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  2. Suitcase

    Suitcase 2 wheeled hobo

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    Survive this Amigo ...heal fast and saddle up soon. Bikes come and go ..ADV Riders go on and on.....
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  3. FredBGG

    FredBGG Long timer

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    Damn. Sorry to hear about your injuries.
    I had a deer crash just 6 weeks ago.
    Flail Chest is very serious. I wish you the best!
    It's painful as hell because you can rest a broken leg, but you can't stop breathing.

    Just a heads up. Be very conscious of the addiction risks of pain killers. You will need them and should use them,
    but get in the frame of mind that you might have to fight the addition. Best to be ready for everything.

    If you can get yourself an electric hospital bed for you recovery. It will help a lot.
    A friend of mine had similar injuries to yours and he said the bed was a game changer.
    Plenty of adjustability and handles for getting up and down.

    Deer can really come out of nowhere in a fraction of a second. All you need is a small slope off the road, a couple of bushes or a ditch and
    deer can pop out with absolutely no warning, day or night. It can even happen in residential areas and very little we can do about it.

    I'm really glad to hear you are still with us. Going down at 3:30am is no joke.
    How soon did you get help?
    Can you tell us more about how you hit and how you went down?
    How much do you think your gear helped?
    I see in the photo where you are laying down beside the road that you had a vest on, was that a visibility vest or by any chance an air bag vest?
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  4. goodburbon

    goodburbon Been here awhile

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    It's a winding 2 lane road through a canyon. There are never any deer beyond the first half mile on either end, until tonight. Was cruising somewhere between 40 and 60. I saw the deer and started scrubbing speed gingerly as it wasn't in the road.

    Just as I got to her she jumped into the road, too close to stop. I leaned left to go around and hopefully get past her but she stopped. I hit her hind quarters. The bike shattered and lurchedAt that point I thought I might be able to ride it out but the deer had pulled my handlebars to the right and Ithe front was still off the ground.

    The front end came down and pulled the bike out from under me, I don't recall anything from that point until I was able to voice call my wife. I had gone down on my left side.

    My wife called our ems and rushed to me. She got there in 20 minutes, ems got there in 40.
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  5. goodburbon

    goodburbon Been here awhile

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    Arrows are all broken ribs
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  6. LostInPA

    LostInPA Professional American

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    Dang. Hope you feel better soon and wish you a speedy recovery.
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  7. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    40 minutes for EMS to arrive?

    Damn, you're very lucky.

    Gear work as needed?
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  8. NesquikNinja

    NesquikNinja Long timer

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    You are an extremely tough SOB
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  9. Boricua

    Boricua Been here awhile

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    Too many deer. Best solution, eat more venison.
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  10. mudmonster

    mudmonster Been here awhile

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    Good to see that you survived and are getting better,we have a similar problem down under only its with Kangaroos and I've had a couple of run ins with them as well .
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  11. RxRick

    RxRick Seeker of Trout

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    Gawd I hate those things. I hope you heal quick.

    --RxRick
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  12. toy4fun

    toy4fun GET out of the way

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    Someone posted an article several days ago that said the deer population in this country is the largest it has ever been and this animal kills more people in the US than any other. Would a air bag vest helped reduce your injuries and it does not look like you had auxillary lighting. Life is good and your still in it!
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  13. Bugnatr

    Bugnatr professional n00b

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    Hang in there and heal well. Deer just suck.
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  14. branthopolis

    branthopolis Long time lurker Noob

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    Ouch.. Heal up quickly and get back on 2....
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  15. HanzoSteel

    HanzoSteel n00bish

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    Dang, you got lucky, could have been worse. Get well soon.
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  16. goodburbon

    goodburbon Been here awhile

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    Yep. no road rash
    i have plenty of aux lighting.
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  17. FredBGG

    FredBGG Long timer

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    Thanks for the description. Sounds somewhat similar to my crash. For me there was no way to see the deer... popped out of two bushes already at a full gallop. My wheel was turned fully to the right. I gave it gas (muscle memory or luck) this kept the bike from high siding, but I went down
    hard on my left side too. My air bag really was a game changer for me.

    That must have been a terrible 20 minute drive for your wife.... bless her.

    I too had never seen a deer on the section of road I went down on in the 16 years I've lived there and driven by there almost daily and often at night. It can happen to anyone.
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  18. FredBGG

    FredBGG Long timer

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    I too have plenty of lighting, but all you need is a couple of bushes or a dip to the side of the road and your lights might not catch a deer.
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  19. goodburbon

    goodburbon Been here awhile

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    Still in the hospital. 5 titanium rib plates in place. Working on rehabbing enough to get out of here.


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  20. mjfields_228

    mjfields_228 Been here awhile

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    I am totally amazed that you were able to call your wife. As the other have said "you are friggen tough"!

    Wishing for your freedom from the Hospital and a fast as possible recovery.
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