Filtering gone wrong

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by rediRrakaD, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. rediRrakaD

    rediRrakaD Whoopdie do

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    Well my time finally arrived to join Face Plant...
    Riding home from work last week, a car decided to enter the carpool lane without using their indicator. While there was a space between cars... I was in it!! Swerved to avoid and get around them, but couldn't scrub enough speed to make it back to filtering (splitting, sharing) as traffic ahead slowed.
    F8 crash bar now looks like this:
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    Not too bad:clap.
    My leg leg looked like this:
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    And with skin on:
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    Not so good:eek1.
    How I felt about this and the driver who left the scene:
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  2. rediRrakaD

    rediRrakaD Whoopdie do

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    First Surgeon says FOUR months of no weight bearing!!
    Second surgeon (like him better) says 4-6 weeks.
    I'll take #2 for $1:freaky Opt for full night night and...
    He gets to work the next day:
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    Looks like 17" of hollow titanium rod, 3 screws (third is down by my ankle).
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    He did a fine alignment job (chuncker/floater may have to be removed in the future):
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    Couple days later Mrs.rakaD provides excellent limo service home:
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  3. Sfcootz

    Sfcootz HOON OR DIE.

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    Eff that driver. Hit and run drivers are scum.

    I hope that you have a full and speedy recovery. :nod
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  4. jdbalt

    jdbalt Been here awhile

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    This pretty much does it for me. I am getting a helmet camera. In Baltimore and DC, I have no doubt that someone that did this would just drive away. Probably oblivious that they caused an accident.
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  5. bigbadandugly

    bigbadandugly Been here awhile

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    That shot of your left leg is disgusting. I'm not the type to get queazy, but it disturbed be. That looks like a seriously bad break - Anderson Silva style. Were they actually able to remove your boot, or just cut it off?

    I was kinda surprised the guy drove off given all the traffic given there's bound to be dozens of witnesses. Surely someone at the scene would have been on the ball enough to catch the license plate, no? Or do people just mind there own business down there?
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  6. rediRrakaD

    rediRrakaD Whoopdie do

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    Lessons learned from this one:
    Mount Gopro (gave the wife a Hero 3 for Xmas). I think the car only had a single passenger and was trying to gain a few spots in the carpool lane. That ticket alone would cost over $500 after court fees.
    Run high beam at night.

    Have not heard back from CHP or other drivers yet.

    Yes, I will continue to lane share/split/filter, legal here in California.
    S.
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  7. rediRrakaD

    rediRrakaD Whoopdie do

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    Ha! Another MMA fan! His seemed to be a clean break! Can't imagine the slow-mo of my crash:lol3.
    They cut my pants (duh), but I negotiated with the ER personnel on the boot:
    Give me another hit of Fentanyl (100 times morphine!).
    One nurse reach deep into the boot and grabs above the ankle.
    One nurse support leg above break before the knee.
    Everybody lift together!
    ER doc, who removed the right boot, remove boot steadily.
    Me? Rule #5 (http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/)
    All went well until Doc decided to stop mid pull.
    Insert a few key words and further instructions... "Don't stop!!!"
    Boot off!
    BTW, I was wearing SIDI Adventures
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  8. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    ouch! :huh

    heel quickly
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  9. DougFromKentucky

    DougFromKentucky Just a good 'ole boy

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    Retired ER nurse here. That is a nasty break. You got lucky, they decided to repair your leg, some would have done an amputation on that leg. Make sure you follow the docs instructions to the letter. It matters.

    Hopefully the CHP got the info on the driver that caused the accident.

    I had a friend who had a similar break last here. He joined us in faceplant. He had the accident in September (as I recall) and was back riding the next summer. Made sure he followed all doctors and rehab orders. He still uses a cane sometimes and has a limp, but otherwise pretty much back to normal.

    Hang in there, it does get better. Just more slowly than you want.
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  10. rediRrakaD

    rediRrakaD Whoopdie do

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    Wow! Now that's a sobering post:eek1.
    I could see how amputation could be the normal route 10 or more years ago, but I have several friends with similar damage, that have made full recoveries and are riding bikes (pedal) again.
    Yes, I will follow doc's instructions to a tee.
    As a lifelong athlete, my determination/will is strong in these matters. I could not imagine dealing with this if I wasn't fit and healthy.
    One week in and I'm mobile within my house on crutches, obviously raising the leg after short sprints (:wink:) to the john.
    Thanks for your input:clap
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  11. HappyCRNA

    HappyCRNA AllTalkNoAction

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    Glad your leg's the only part of you banged up. Good luck for a fast recovery!
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  12. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    That looks bad!

    How did it happen, did you impact something, did the car do it when it het you, or did you get tangled up in the bike?
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  13. rediRrakaD

    rediRrakaD Whoopdie do

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    Funny I was just updating my FB page with this info. These pics should help:
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    Note the mounting tab is bent back, while the bar itself is bent forward.
    Current thought is my leg impacted the crash bar when I was heading over the handle bars.
    I clipped the right rear corner of the bumper of the next car after being cut off.
    Seems I accelerated to get around the instigator and couldn't scrub enough speed to get between the next car and the one to the right of them (lane #2). The car I impacted was slowing due to traffic in front.
    Option for me to swerve left into the safety lane (possibly over the barrier into oncoming traffic) was not taken.
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  14. NOTCH 8

    NOTCH 8 Been here awhile

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    While I'm very sorry you crashed and broke your leg, I feel that by your own account of the story(couldn't scrub off speed), you were at least partly responsible. Before you start riding again, and to other riders in California...please review the Lane Splitting General Guidelines. The next accident could cost you your life.

    FYI, I am a former California MSF Rider Coach.

    http://www.chp.ca.gov/programs/lanesplitguide.html

    Heal well, and ride safe!
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  15. rediRrakaD

    rediRrakaD Whoopdie do

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    When I was cut off I was in lane#1 by myself.
    I had three options.
    1. get hit
    2. slam on the brakes and swerve left, possibly getting punted over the median.
    3.Accelerate to avoid incoming car, swerve.
    Yes, I have reviewed the guide prior to this incident.
    Was I "at least partially responsible"? Yes, I was involved in an accident.
    I have found one has more control accelerating then decelerating. The fact that the car slowed in front of us, as I got around the vehicle entering Lane #1, was the accident causing part. I hold no blame to them and take full responsibility. Still happy with my decision to avoid the median and oncoming high speed traffic.
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  16. Littlepeter

    Littlepeter Been here awhile

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    Unfortunately, sometimes even taking the best option can have a bad outcome. Your choice may have saved your life. We choose to ride motorcycles and accept the risks and consequences regardless of fault. I am glad you are still here to talk about it.

    Peter
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  17. rediRrakaD

    rediRrakaD Whoopdie do

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    ^^^^ What he said.:1drink
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  18. NOTCH 8

    NOTCH 8 Been here awhile

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    I apologize. I thought you were in the process on lane sharing at the time of the accident.
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  19. rediRrakaD

    rediRrakaD Whoopdie do

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    Accepted:clap
    Just got off the phone with insurance Co.
    Learn something new every day.
    Must wait for CHP report before anything happens... 2-3 weeks.
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  20. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    So if you did not have crash bars, you might have been ok?
    Or would you have hit the car with your leg? Or just missed it?
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