F800GS vs Renault Espace

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by GSFREEK, May 4, 2012.

  1. GSFREEK

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TBGHhCo-f8&feature=plcp

    This is me and my bike before and after some complete moron decided to make a U-turn and put his car over the complete width of my driving lane.... god i'm pissed !!!!

    There was no way to avoid the hit, all there was to do was damage control. Aimed for the lowest point (the hood)
    and prepared myself for an impressive flight. half a meter more to the right would have been a pretty certain death.

    - bike = wasted
    - body feels like it has been run over by a truck.....10 times
    - shoulder dislocated for fu+++++ 6 hours when they finally put me to sleep for surgery!
    - wrist is internally smashed into pieces with e realistic chance on permanent damage! : 1 emergency surgery done last monday, next monday more metal works on it, just_great
    - all planned bike trips down the drain, maybe forever.. !

    The worst i find in all this is the seemingly complete uninterest of the car driver. i have been in hospital for the past week, without hearing a word from him. All i know is that when i would practically kill somebody by my own stupidity, i would at least check up on my 'victim' and apologies..... sad world...

    Riding my bike every day was the thing i loved the most! It made me feel free and took me to nice places.
    I still don't know if i will be able to ever ride again and buy another bike, for now i'm just pretty sad, angry,bored, in pain and needed to ventilate. ;)

    DRIVE SAFE GUYS ! THRUST NOBODY IN TRAFFIC !


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  2. hammick

    hammick Long timer

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    Damn I'm sorry to hear about your injuries. From the looks of the bike and car it could have been a lot worse.

    I wish you a full recovery.
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  3. katanarama

    katanarama riding > posting

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    Very sorry to read about your injuries and smashed up bike.

    I would not expect that driver to come and visit you. As much as it was traumatic for you, that person is probably not feeling that good about what happened either. Probably too worried to visit you I would say.

    get well brother, start planning your next trips and which bike you will get next. :D
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  4. Wuwei

    Wuwei Long timer

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    Get well soon! It sounds like the type of accident we all dread--a car doing something completely unexpected out of the blue.
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  5. NJ-Brett

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    Hope it works out.
    Its amazing what they can fix these days, so keep up hope.
    One of the really annoying things about my bad dirt crash was having a LOT of time off and not being able to ride.


    The accident seems a common one, quite a few reports here of people on the side of the road making a U turn just when a bike is passing.
    When I see someone on the side of the road without a reason, I slow down and expect trouble.
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  6. exotesthrasouden

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    Keep your spirits up brother, you gotta believe that you'll heal up, so start planning your next trip!

    Those are some narly pictures from the crash.

    Get well soon.

    Ryan
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  7. nwdub

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    stay positive bro!
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  8. pfloydgad

    pfloydgad Been here awhile

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    And I hope your Attorney has come and visited you. I would hang that asshat by the nearest No U-Turn sign.
    Heal-up, take it slow and sue him for everything he has had, has, and will have.
    Good luck.
    Ride safe all.
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  9. Rakthi

    Rakthi mopetista

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    He's in Belgium ... no attorney, no court case ... can't sue for everything they have ... Will be sorted out by insurance companies.
    At least they have excellent and affordable healthcare.
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  10. Packer

    Packer Been here awhile

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    The police may charge the driver with dangerous driving or similar, maybe even causing injury through reckless driving. He may get a fine of a few thousand €'s, unlikely to go to jail unfortunately.

    The victim will get money for his injuries but assuming that Belgian insurers conform to the standard they'll do everything possible to wriggle out of paying, at least minimising what they pay due to "the riders contributory negligence" i.e. he failed to psychically devine that the driver was a total incompetent arse.

    Shame you couldn't go straight through the drivers door and cause him/her some pain as well!!!!

    I hope that you heal fully GSFreek.
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  11. GSFREEK

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    thanks guys.

    Accidents happen and i will not say i'm perfect. I don't blame the guy for what he did, he made a mistake wich is human, I only blame him for not having contacted me in some way.
    I have no idea what statement he made to the cops, If i find out he twisted the story, it will get personal and i will sue him for whatever reason possible.

    @packer: I would feel better if i had hurt him...just a little bit.. :shog
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  12. shaddix

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    sorry to hear man. Anything you could have done to avoid it?
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  13. GSFREEK

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    I could have gambled to go on the opposit lane, with a chance of him turning further onto that lane, and an head-on collision as result. I chose not to.
    I also didn't feel like planting my face in the side of his car, so the hood was the only option. I would do just the same again.
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  14. skag

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    You are alive to tell about it. From the looks of things you could have come out a lot worse. Concentrate on healing, physicaly and emotionaly. The injuries I have accrued over the years (non riding ironicaly) make riding painful. The endorphine realease form riding over rides the pain. You will get back. Heal up man.
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  15. RydRy

    RydRy Been here awhile

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    so sorry to hear about this and yes Id be ticked off too no word from the driver- makes it clear you arent a human to him
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  16. queenpdog

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    Hang in there buddy. Stay positive and envision your return to all that you love about riding. You will get there. So sorry you are going through this. I'm sending you healing thoughts.
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  17. Machete-LC

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    Sounds like you are already sounding more positive. You will soon be back on you feet and riding I am sure. While it provides no consolation to say these things happen, but well they do. I know I wouldn't regret riding my bike on any day that I can and I am sure you will be back on two wheels soon. Good luck with the recovery and maybe your physical therapist will be a hotty! :evil
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  18. Gimpinator

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    It's incredible what people will do sometimes! Best wishes for a full and complete recovery. That external fixation pic of your wrist is giving me the willies. Ouch!

    Your experience is not unique to les Belges. (I lived there for a while in the early 80's.) I was recently driving down Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, CA in my truck. I was going about 50 in the right-hand lane and a stretch limousine was coming up the opposite way. The guy looked right at me, then decided to flip a u-turn into my lane! :eek1 It would have been mere asshattery and a manageable situation, except that the idiot didn't realize that a STRETCH LIMO will not flip a u-turn across a four-lane road. The car ended up blocking my entire side of the road, plus an additional lane on the other side. With full ABS going, the truck was not going to stop. Somehow I managed to thread the needle with oncoming traffic and get by the bonehead.

    It's probably better that your "con" (non French-speakers, look it up) Espace driver doesn't get in touch with you. You might hurt your wrist more giving him a beating :evil
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    +1
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  20. AMEretired

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    Sorry to hear about this. I wish you a full recovery.
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