My Ride, the Crash...

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Irish John, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. Irish John

    Irish John Been here awhile

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    A cautionary tale for all fellow riders - AGAT and avoid rush hour!

    This past Friday I was passing through Des Moines, IA on the way to spend the weekend with my daughters family when i was involved in a multi car accident Driver in far right lane crossed 3 lanes of traffic and pulled in front of the truck in front of me.

    i swerved onto the left breakdown lane to avoid the truck, the car tailgating me did the same thing and almost rear ended me. to avoid getting run over I attempted to split the space between the truck and overtaking car. clipped the left rear bumper of the truck and went down..

    Net result - broken left hand, broken right kneecap and my '06 Vstrom 650 ist kaput!
    I'm most pissed about my bike. Being semi retired, not sure I can afford to replace her.
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  2. docwyte

    docwyte Long timer

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    Sorry to hear about your crash, heal up fast! Won't your insurance pay to replace the bike?
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  3. ontrip

    ontrip Been here awhile

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    Yes, bikes can be replaced. get well

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  4. CtMac

    CtMac Adventurer

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    Sorry to hear, John. Plenty of cheap, used but good bikes out there. So heal well first.
    I'm from Down, in exile in CT/NY for the past 26 years..the auld sod never leaves you..
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  5. Irish John

    Irish John Been here awhile

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    CtMac, Dia dhuit! Down's lovely country. I'm a Wicklow boy myself. Moved to the States as a lad.

    Thanks for everyone's well wishes. Despite my aged Mam and family's protests I'll be in the market for a new ride before to long
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  6. FredBGG

    FredBGG Long timer

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    IF you have helmet cam footage of the accident you can get the lane changers insurance to cover both your bike, injuries and compensation for pain/emotional damge etc. A kid I know was in a similar
    accident and his helmet footage got him well compensated and he could even opt for the best treatment. Personally I never drive anything without camera(s) rolling. ATGATT+CAM:-)

    I'm really sorry to hear about your broken kneecap. I broke mine when I was 12. Skiing crash. Two dumb girls on a rented toboggan came crashing down the embankment of a v-shaped gully where I was on a ski-lift.
    More than 40 years later the knee gives me some trouble and stiffness. Very important you look after that knee as it repairs. Kneecap is a very complicated piece of engineering by nature. Yoga is the best thing for it when your ready.

    For your bike.... if your on a budget consider a really high milage V-Strom and put your engine and other bits and pieces on it.
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  7. Irish John

    Irish John Been here awhile

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    That's a good suggestion on swapping the engine. I'll start looking around. Unfortunately no helmet cam.
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  8. craigincali

    craigincali Just hanging around

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    Avoid rush hour???? WTF? You are in Iowa. Your "rush hour" is probably more like my 2am. Hahahahaha.
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  9. divimon2000

    divimon2000 Been here awhile

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    I was wondering about that too, I guess there are cities in Iowa, oops
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  10. CSI

    CSI Long timer

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    The "at fault" driver's insurance should be covering the costs of damages, as well as medical care.
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