On Tuesday, August 9th, I was riding home from work. It was a very hot afternoon but traffic wasnt horrible on I95. I decided to take my favorite long-cut home which is about 2 miles out of my way but is one of the best sections of twistie roads I have ever seen. I hit a few of the preliminary corners well and was feeling good and alert. I came to the money section and was half way through when things went very bad. A car had been coming up the road toward me. He needed to make a U-turn. Instead of a normal U-turn, he passed a driveway on his right, backed into it and pulled back on to the road, going in the same direction as me. As I came around a corner and was setting up to make a hard left in the road, I saw the car as he was still in reverse. He dropped into drive without even looking and pulled in front of me. I had two choices. I could run straight into the back of him or hit the gravel. I chose the gravel. From there, the front end started oscillating wildly and I think I grabbed the brakes. I high sided off the left side of the bike and hit the ground on my left shoulder. I tumbled to a stop in a sitting position with my knees in front of me. At that point, the bike that had been tumbling end over end, caught up with me and slammed into my back, pinning me. My chest was on my knees and the GS Adventure was on my back. The right side pannier hit my left arm. I think the big pannier and the crash bar created a small space for me and likely prevented me from being instantly crushed. I couldnt lift the bike. The driver stopped and came to help. He lifted the bike off and called 911. I laid back and rested on my side, where I stayed until the ambulance arrived. I was transported to Spotsylvanias new hospital and was checked out in the ER. They ran a CT scan and took a bunch of x-rays. They declared that nothing was broken and there were no internal injuries. They discharged me. As I sat up to leave, I became dizzy, nauseous and faint. I dry heaved and they became worried. They are not a trauma center so they called Mary Washington hospital to consult with the trauma surgeons. They ordered that I be transferred to them. Back to the ambulance. A number of hours after being admitted to the trauma ward, I was given an MRI. That revealed three compression fractures in the L5 7 and 8 vertebrae. It will require no surgery and not even a brace. I got a comfort brace to help keep me positioned correctly but it is an option. The injury is considered stable. So Im back home now. My left arm hurts a lot but they assure me its only a deep contusion. My ribs, back and pelvis hurt as well, especially when I stand or bend. Again, I am told its all normal and nothing can be done. I know how bad things could have been. I was wearing Olympia Bushwacker pants and jacket. The pants have a good hip pad and I know that saved me from a lot of pain. It also has a very good back protector which likely prevented the bike from snapping my spine. I felt a lot of pressure on my boots (BMW All-Around) and my gloves (BMW Summer 2) stayed on and took some abrasions. The helmet is a Nolan N102. There are scuffs on the top and right on the chin guard. The lock held. I flipped the chin up after I laid back. The bike could be worse. Im not sure if its totaled or not. The back rack is bent. The front plastic is messed up. The headlight is smashed and the instrument cluster is knocked completely off. The windshield is busted bad and it looks like there may be damage to the oil cooler. At first glance, the suspension looks to be OK, although that needs to be checked out. The insurance guys will be looking things over. In all, it could have been much worse. The other driver was cited and I was not. I will recover and my family is all doing everything possible to help me. This was taken by the guy that caused this. My wife hates this one. Here's another, taken after I was removed. I don't know if you can see the scuff marks, but they are there on the chin and on the top left. The chin isn't latched in this pic but it did stay during the crash. This is the back and shoulder of the jacket. Note there are no tears at all. Were it not cut off by the EMT, it would still be usable after a good cleaning. The pants didn't rip either but were also cut off.