Hit by a cager on my way home

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Kurlee, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. Kurlee

    Kurlee 2009: A Bike Odyssey

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    Heading home on my 2006 BMW R1200GS on Monday, the 2nd of April. Going about 40MPH, Lady in a black Cadillac suddenly decided to take a left turn right in front of me. She was to my right at a stop sign on a road that runs perpendicular to the one I was on. Had maybe half a second to process because traffic had hid her as she began to jump out. Hit and pretty much destroyed her front end and I went flying.

    Landed on my back about 20 feet from the accident and sustained no major injuries. Took the ambulance ride because I wanted to be sure I was ok aside from the bruising and I checked out alright. The GS is totalled, dealer says parts will be $14,000 alone not including aftermarket bits.

    I'll put up pics from the accident scene when I can get the insurance company to send them. Haven't received a settlement from them either. Her insurance agent is USAA.

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    I loved that bike. In the market for a 1200GSA btw.
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  2. Kurlee

    Kurlee 2009: A Bike Odyssey

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    Ugliest injury I sustained. I was very lucky.

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  3. Conedodger

    Conedodger Wanna Ride

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    Wow, glad to hear you came out of it OK. Hope her insurance does right by you.

    I got rear ended at a stop sign years ago. Hard enough to bend the frame on the bike. I never touched the ground. Just had a small bruise on the back of my leg. Guess we're the lucky ones!
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  4. ghostdncr

    ghostdncr Burnin' daylight...

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    Sorry to see the GS beat up like that, but looks like you got off pretty lucky. I wonder if her insurance premiums will go up after they buy you a GSA? :lol3
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  5. 4play

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    Glad you're OK.

    From my experience USAA is a very fair insurance company.
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  6. lemieuxmc

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    You should count your blessings that she wasn't driving a lawnmower for the City of Los Angeles!
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  7. Aron31

    Aron31 Been here awhile

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    Sorry about the bike man. I am surprised that you weren't seriously hurt. The bike looks worse in person. Glad you made it out ok. I hope her insurance cuts you a check soon so you can get backout on the road.

    FYI that 14,000 was only in BMW parts. No labor or aftermarket stuff. The gs took a beating. But on the plus side it still runs. Must say something about the sw motech guards eh.
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  8. gfloyd2002

    gfloyd2002 Title Free Since '12

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    Sorry to hear, but amazing no serious injury after seeing the damage to the metal on the bike. What kind of gear were you wearing? Sounds like the manufacturer needs a shout out.
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  9. PT Rider

    PT Rider Been here awhile

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    Please keep us informed on the contents of the police report, how both insurance companies treat you, and anything else that might be helpful to the next rider in a similar circumstance.
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  10. Draechon

    Draechon Long timer

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    Wow, sorry to hear about that Kurlee! Glad you're okay. I've nearly had that accident before too, which makes it interesting to read posts online by guys saying 99% of all motorcycle accidents are avoidable if the rider were more alert. They haven't seen the Lowcountry drivers!
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  11. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Sir Loin of Biff

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    What could you have done differently to avoid this crash?
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  12. goezer

    goezer The Traveler

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    What could HE have done? WTF? SHE ran into HIM! Opening HER EYES would have done the trick. Is she your mother?
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  13. Tall Man

    Tall Man Freelancer

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    It's a fair question, New Yawk, even if Kurlee's answer is "Functionally, nothing."
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  14. perterra

    perterra -. --- .--. .

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    Stayed home that day?
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  15. daveoneshot

    daveoneshot Been here awhile

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    You are lucky and tough...........heal fast.
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  16. Kurlee

    Kurlee 2009: A Bike Odyssey

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    Honestly, while I feel like there was little I could have done, maybe being more drastic in my evasive maneuvers to achieve more of a glancing blow, but thats about all I can think of in this situation
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  17. Biebs

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    Always assume you are "invisible" while on your bike take no cagers for granted to not do something stupid!!!


    Also you should Lawyer up to make sure you don't get screwed!!!

    you were injured (pictures) and should be compensated. Do not expect any settlement for a couple of weeks or more.
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  18. speedygee68

    speedygee68 dirt eater

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    Easy there Goezer, I honestly don't think "Moving Pictures" meant that question in a negative sense (as in what was Kurlee doing wrong). Since this is a true motorcycle forum, I think Moving Pics was asking in a sense of...help a motor brother/sister out and tell us from your experience what if any would he recommend to avoid this.

    I actually liked Biebs reply of, " assume you are riding invisible". I think that is a much more polite way than I would put it. I always say, "think that the cager doesn't give a damn about you/me/any motorcyclist and will cut you off. As I taught my newly licensed son, assume everyone in a car is an idiot and think of the stupidest (I know it's not proper) but, stupidest move a cager will do and begin to ACT..not React.

    Also, the advice from Biebs of "Lawyer up" is also great advice..& to add to that, if you don't like the 1st attorney's advice/direction, you can fire them and get another one who will fight for you. The insurance company is a business not a philanthropist colony. I can't remember who on here told of their insurance company taking care of their bike PLUS after market items. Wish I could have remembered which Ins company that was.
    :freakyOh yeah, by the way Kurlee..glad you're OK too.
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  19. NJ-Brett

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    I am one who tends to believe 99% of accidents can be avoided, and I am having a hard time figuring out just what went down here.

    But its good only the bike got busted!
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  20. StolenFant

    StolenFant Been here awhile

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    Wow, haven't been on ADV this week, and just saw this. Glad you're ok! I blasted down that wonderful, sandy, Willow Hill Rd you had just showed me the day before when I went to work Monday morning. I was grinning all day thanks to you!

    You're gonna have a great time spec'ing out a new ride, and with your dad's experience flipping GS's you'll probably have plenty left over to really load it up. Ohlin's electronic suspension? :D Just don't get in a rush to settle, you want to be certain that leg is really 100%.

    Lastly, let me know if you need a truck or trailer to pick up that new ride, I know the folks are in VA.

    Clint
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