Hit by a cager on my way home

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

  1. perterra

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    Some time the snake bites you and there was nothing you could do short of staying home. The ones I see dont scare me too much, it's the ones I cant see that scare me. The OP was extremely lucky.
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  2. SuperGlueRyan

    SuperGlueRyan Been here awhile

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    I work for a company that works very closely with USAA and based on my experience I'm sure that they'll treat you well. :clap


    Sorry to hear about the accident, I hope that you're injuries are just as minor as they look and you get back on the road, killing bugs soon. :rofl
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  3. revrandy

    revrandy The Riding Rev.

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    I was hit in a parking lot by a woman who was insured with USAA. She avoided them for several days and would not give a statement. Finally the agent said they would just pay me out based on the photos I sent in and the statement I gave. They would go after her and get a statement, or just chalk it up to an at fault for her.

    Very good insurance company to deal with. Only had experience with them and Geico, both were very fair and very quick to respond.
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  4. HannibalSmith

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    +1 USAA is super fair in my experience. Glad to hear you're alright. I travel into Chucktown for business quite a bit, you have some interesting drivers down there!
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  5. 74C5

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    Glad you're ok Navy. That could have gone much worse. Hope it all turns out ok for a new bike and healing.

    You don't think the NWU blue camis made you invisible to her do you?:rofl
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  6. Kurlee

    Kurlee 2009: A Bike Odyssey

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    Thanks for the good wishes and advice guys! I'm contacting a lawyer and have been seeing medical on a regular basis to document the progress of my healing. USAA has been amazing so far, setting me up with a rental and being quick about getting back to me. The bike was appraised and I expect to get an offer early this week.
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  7. Kurlee

    Kurlee 2009: A Bike Odyssey

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    That's just about the only thing the blue camis are good for. That and they are comfy enough to use as pajamas.
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  8. Snyderman

    Snyderman WTF

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    Glad to see you are o.k. God speed on your recovery,

    Now would be the perfect time to upgrade with the insurance settlement to a KTM 990 adventure. :rofl
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  9. shaddix

    shaddix Banned

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    You said traffic hid her, is that traffic to the left of her also at the stop sign? Or traffic in front of you?

    Maybe there was a better lane position you could have taken?
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  10. Droptop50

    Droptop50 Been here awhile

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    Glad you are relatively ok!

    In my wreck with the guy doing the u-turn, I swerved left and just clipped the front of his truck. In talking to a retired motor cop buddy who actually studied bike/car accidents, he suggested that maybe I should have swerved Right and tried to go behind him. In my case that may have worked, or he may have saw me at the last minute, slammed his brakes and I would have hit the back of his truck.

    As far as dealing with the insurance company, I did not hire a lawyer, but handled it myself. I never took the first offer that was presented to me, and they always came back with a better second.

    It took 6 months for my injuries to be settled, 5 weeks for my bike to be replaced. Don't be in a hurry and insist on a dozen visits to a chiropractor be paid for as well.

    Good luck with it all!!
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  11. Unclescar

    Unclescar Refried Bean

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    If all you walked away with is a bruised leg you are very lucky.

    I had the same type of wreck that totaled my bike and put me in a wheel chair for 16 1/2 weeks and therapy for an additional 10 weeks with two broken legs. The difference is boots. I just had on regular boots. :muutt
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  12. Kurlee

    Kurlee 2009: A Bike Odyssey

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    Went in for X rays and a CT because I've been developing a large lump on my back. I have a fracture, and the lump is filled with either spinal fluid or blood. MRI tomorrow will be able to tell more definitely.


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  13. Droptop50

    Droptop50 Been here awhile

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    That sucks good luck with that!
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  14. helion42

    helion42 Been here awhile

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    That's quite the lump, man. is it hard to lie down?
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  15. 4wheeldog

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    Sorry for your delayed pain:eek1......And your unfortunate new nickname. Does your lump move, Igor?
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  16. ray h

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    That is good advice. In short, aim where the other vehicle was and not where its going. If you aim where its going, there's a good chance you will arrive at the same time.
    As I approach vehicles who may potentially invade my space, the first place I look for an out is behind them. The space behind isnt always available but its pretty easy to find an out for a motorcycle, the thing is only 3' wide, it only takes a space 3' wide to make your escape. Try finding an out for a 9' by 70' tractor trailer.
    I also fall into the category of people who feel that nearly all accidents are avoidable, it just depends on how much trouble you go to to avoid them. In this case, a classic left turner, the OP stated that the offending vehicle didnt see him because he was hidden behind another vehicle. WHY? If you find yourself hidden, you need to change your position in relation to the other vehicles. Back off, move to the other side of the lane or another lane, ect. As much as I hate riding close to other vehicles sometimes its best to move closer to the vehicle in front of you, they make nice blockers, let them cut a path through the intersection with you tucked in behind them. Sometimes its best to let the vehicle behind you close the gap a little so you both present a bigger image together. Wiggle back and forth in the lane, the human eye picks up side to side movement better than movement approaching.
    It should be said that this is not directed at the OP specifically, its just meant as FWIW information.
    I do teach defensive driving professionally, to professionals, so I have a bit of an investment in the subject matter.
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  17. shaddix

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    Where can I take your class
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  18. ray h

    ray h Been here awhile

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    You need to take our 7 week truckdriving course, although I would love to teach our defensive driving class as a stand alone. I would also love to teach it as part of our motorcycle and drivers ed courses as well. Hopefully someday we'll be doing that, lord knows it wouldnt hurt.
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  19. Kurlee

    Kurlee 2009: A Bike Odyssey

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    Lump is going down slowly and it is no longer awkward to sit in chairs and whatnot. USAA is offering me just shy of $10K for my bike. 06 R1200GS with 13K miles and ABS I was hoping for more but I guess thats what the medical settlement is for. Lump was filled with blood btw, which is good... I guess.
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  20. StolenFant

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    Is that including accessories? I recall you had close to a grand just in engine guards, skid plates light brackets, didn't you?
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