More than 20 fractures from 1 incident

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Justbobinkentucky, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. Justbobinkentucky

    Justbobinkentucky Adventurer

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    It has been almost 2 years since my accident, I havent posted about this before now because of the pending law suit. It has been settled and I still cant say anything about the suit. Saying that my insurance was "dropped" was not the right word, but thru a decision in the case I now have a different insurance provider. But as I said earlier I was not made whole physically or financially.
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  2. frostybollox

    frostybollox Been here awhile

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    amazing story brother stay positive..... your still here and walking
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  3. Eddy Alvarez

    Eddy Alvarez Motorcycle ADD

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    I worked in orthopaedics and emergency medicine for 10 years; you cheated death.
    What an impressive list of fractures! Look at the bright side! Right ribs 10 and 12 are 100% fine!
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  4. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    Wow. That's all. Just wow. It's a credit to your toughness and grit that you are here.


    When you say you were blindsided, was the car going the same direction as you, speeding, lost control and hit you? From say behind and to the side?
    Or was it coming the other way, lost control, went over a barrier or median, and blindsided you?
    Or maybe flying off a bridge on an overpass?

    I'm trying to learn what happened to you more clearly in order to try and forsee such a situation if I ever happen to be in one.

    Do you think an airbag vest would have given you a completely different outcome, positively?

    Glad you're here to tell the tale. I'm sorry that you haven't been made whole, at least financially. Bodily, I don't know how you gritted your way out of the grim reapers claws. I'm mostly glad that you say you're healed enough that it would take a conspicuous look to see a limp.
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  5. Justbobinkentucky

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    The car was traveling in the same direction, I was in the right lane, the car came up from behind on my left. For some reason the car started to spin out of control, contacted me in my lane and continued to rollover. I was going approximately 70 MPH, the car was going approximately 80 MPH when it lost control.
    I dont know enough about an airbag vest but am thinking that it would mainly help in a frontal impact.
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  6. Justbobinkentucky

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    Thanks, yes I have been told by many of my doctors and nurses that the odds of surviving this were definitely against me.
    November of 2016 I had another major surgery on my right leg, 5 weeks later I passed blood clots to both lungs and ended back in the ICU for 5 days. The pain was so severe it felt like I had broken my ribs again.
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    espacef1fan Long timer

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    Well if you still need some powersports thrills my disabled wife really really enjoys her RZR800. She has back problems and loves it. Its the trail model so if you are worried about taking a beating the models with more suspension travel would help even more.
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  8. Justbobinkentucky

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    The insurance that I now have excludes coverage for offroad vehicles and I cant risk it, not being covered.
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  9. mminob

    mminob Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing the details ... That helps us all who ride and drive... Seems like just like really bad timing and bad luck ... I guess we all have to keep our Circle Of Safety , or Bubble Around Us , checked and watched all the time ?

    I think , and scan my eyes back and forth , for threats , you know , 12 , 3 , 6 , 9 o'clock ... However , sometimes I get lazy and forget about 1 , 2 , 4 , 5 , 7 , 8 , 10 , 11 o;clock positions , when in traffic...

    Man , sounds like you were blindsided and pretty much had no chance to react or take some kind action at all... yikes !

    On my commutes in heavy traffic , all 4 lanes going 70 mph and right next to each other , sometimes I just pray that someone does not swerve or start spinning out of control with no warning time.

    Can you share what kind of bike you were riding ? Sometimes , I consider getting a bigger and faster bike , but then I feel like a smaller and slower bike would be a little safer ?

    It is just a risky hobby to ride motorcycles ... Even with all the safety gear... Dangerous game we play , right ?
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  10. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    That is one positive thing about trauma shock. You don't remember the pain; and if you're conscious, you don't feel the pain.

    I had one bad car accident and a bad motorcycle dump. While I was conscious, according to reports and from my own signature of Consent to Treat in the ER...I don't remember a thing of it. On the road-rash, I was alert, and, at the scene, feeling nothing but disorientation. I was really bothered that I'm spilled in the center of the road, there's a crowd around me, and I can't just roll over, cock a leg, and get up.

    I couldn't because I had two broken wrists, five ribs, shattered pelvis, my knee opened to the bone. I didn't feel a thing for four hours...just some stinging where my coat didn't cover me.

    Out of that; and out of the six weeks in hospital...I hanged up my helmet for twenty years. Took a birthday, my big Five-Oh, and the realization that I wasn't getting younger and none of us leave here alive, to get me to ease back on two wheels.

    Everyone has to find their own path. I can fully understand the OP's position and decision here.
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  11. Justbobinkentucky

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    I have ridden about 600,000 miles, 49 states, most of canada and a little of mexico. Have owned 30 motorcycles including all of the big 4 from Japan, a Harley,a BMW, an Aprilia and a Victory. Dirt bikes, drag bikes, dual sports, adventure, sport tour, tour, naked standards, I like 'em all.
    The day of the accident I was on my Victory Cross Country Tour. The only thing left holding the front of the bike to the rear was the cables, the frame broke at the neck, as did mine. lol
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  12. Arbolmano

    Arbolmano Not so Studly

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    Congrats at beating the odds! I reckon for some time your “hobby” is going to be improvement. You’ll find something to occupy yourself when you’ve gotten your body back as good as you can. I found bicycles to be a fair substitute for motos for quite sometime after I had a bad one. Once I was fully back (years) I found myself on a Momo accidently and and never got off. The important thing is to focus on your your body. Be all you can be.
    There’s some cool electric assist bikes out there......
    Tonto
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  13. Farioli

    Farioli "just do it"

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    :cry:cry
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  14. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    And the freeway is supposed to be one of your safer riding spaces.

    While not into it myself, how about competitive sharpshooting as a new diversion?

    Maybe a Jeep to do Backcountry touring on gravel loads at low speed? It’s a “car”...

    In AZ you can license for roads Polaris 4x4’s, golf carts, etc. relocate to AZ? Warmth will be better for you as you get older.
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  15. Justbobinkentucky

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    The jeep thing is a consideration, I have some friends that have recently started doing some of that. I need to go hangout with them and see if thats something that is fun for me. Hanging out in Arizona in the winter sounds like fun too.
    I'm dealing with some medical issues that are going to keep me close to home and the doctors for the next 6 months but then hopefully I'll be ready to get on with living.
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  16. EchoWars

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    I'm always sad to hear when someone decides to hang it up after an accident, especially when the get-off is through no fault of their own.

    RE: Jeeps. I have a '69 Commando. Love it. But if a boat is a hole in the water you throw money into, a Jeep is a sinkhole. :)

    Whatever you decide to do as your next diversion, good luck and happiness to you.
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  17. Justbobinkentucky

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    I am always amazed by the faithful following and the high resale values of the jeeps, considering the history of problems they had and still have.
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  18. Uke

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    As I've been reading this thread, I'm understanding just how much the OP is one determined dude.

    But my initial reaction was wondering how much different this might have been had he been wearing an airbag vest. One can only speculate and consider the first person reports of those who have put their airbag vests to the test.
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  19. EchoWars

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    O/T: The new ones, probably because they're made by Chrysler, and the old ones, because they're old and people are now doing things with them that stretch their abilities to the limit (view the various Moab vids on YouTube and other assorted craziness).

    Then you may consider, of all four-wheeled vehicles, that Jeeps of all models likely have more aftermarket bits and pieces available for customization than any vehicle in the history of automobiles. Such a situation nearly guarantees that few ever view their Jeep as a completed project. I've owned my Jeepster Commando since 1983, and it's still a work in progress. :jump
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  20. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    If you like to tinker and are an “in your face” kind of guy, how about building and driving your own rat rod? Personally I find them pretty cool myself.

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