Not a very good night -- 28-Feb-2018

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  1. mjfields_228

    mjfields_228 Long timer

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    This is my second crash story. And almost exactly 3 years to the date of my first.....

    Tonight's Story: The MF'r busted a few ribs...WTF happened???

    The General Information

    Bike: 2016 KTM 690 Enduro R wearing 17” Super Moto Wheels and Tires

    Riding Gear: Helmet: Bell STAR Carbon Jacket: ICON Resistance Mesh Boots: TCX FUEL WP Gloves: Speed and Strength Full Battle Rattle Short Cuff Pants: Levi’s 560 Jeans (Fergitaboutit)

    Date/Time of the Get-Off: 2/28/2018 7:35 PM Eastern

    The Road: 4 Lane Non-Divided with Center Turn Lane (Florida A1A Cape Canaveral, Florida)

    Posted Speed Limit: 40MPH

    General Location: 1.5 Miles from the MF’r Moto Compound

    General Crash Synopsis:

    I had just left the grocery store after picking up 2 small items. I was riding north on Florida A1A in the City of Cape Canaveral Florida in the left lane. I was doing the speed limit. There were no cars immediately in front of, next to or behind me. The roadway is very poorly illuminated. I suddenly came upon a man that was either pushing/walking, or dragging or perhaps just standing in the middle of my travel lane with a bicycle and I had literally no space remaining. Witness later said he was standing at a bus stop and simply walked straight across the street from East to West, thus coming from my right, as I was rolling along. I just did not see him until right before impact. He totally blended in with the roadway. My 690 has a good headlight bulb but it really is not super bright and I have no aux lights on that bike. I did attempt an evasive move to the left and I am pretty sure that I instinctually grabbed front brake, but nevertheless, I impacted the front tire of the bicycle and I am presuming the dudes arm. The physics of the hard counter-steer to the left and front brake application—coupled with smashing into him caused me to high-side and eat fucking shit. I flew into the center turn lane and landed on my left upper body and augered in pretty hard. Slid for a generous length and came to a stop. The accident report states that both me and the bike slid together for 25 feet from the point of impact.

    I had the wind completely knocked out of me and could not begin to sit up for several seconds. I just laid there on my belly in total disbelief of what just happened. I did not panic about getting run over for some reason—maybe because I was in the center lane. When I started to breath a little bit I noticed a few cars rolling slowing by me in both directions. One finally stopped and an older man got out to ask me if I was okay. While I took a quick poll of my body to see if any bones were broken several more cars/people had stopped and were directing traffic and calling 911.

    My bike was laying about 10 feet from me still in the same left lane that I had been riding in. The motor was not running anymore but the headlight was still on and a very helpful dude turned off the key and picked up my bike and put it on the side stand.

    By this point my chest and upper back started hurting significantly so I still did not attempt to get up. I just sat there and continued to try and evaluate my body. It was almost 3 years since my last get off in which I T-Boned a car and shattered my pelvis pretty badly. I still have 2 screws thru my Sacrum Joint(s) and I was mortified of the thought of re-injuring that. So I really played it conservative with this one. My helmet did drag some on the street and when I first hit the ground the front left side of my helmet did gently bang the street. I knew for certain, however, that my neck was fine so I took off my helmet against every-ones advice and the common rule to let the paramedics do it. I just could not breath and I was starting to worry. I took off my gloves too.

    While sitting there I could also see the guy that I hit. He was laying on his side right where I hit him. Several people were around him attending to him, and talking to him. For the 2 to 3 minutes before the first emergency responders arrived I could clearly hear the other talking and the guy was slurring his words and he was saying something about just getting up and leaving. The citizens told him to stay put and wait for medical assistance to arrive.

    Within minutes there were Sheriff’s deputies and fire trucks and EMT personnel were all over the place. I was quickly triaged by a paramedic (vitals, visual, etc). Since there was nothing indicating that I was seriously injured, they focused more time over with the other guy.

    Per my request/consent, the paramedics strapped me to backboard and hauled me to the ambulance for transport to the hospital. A super cool sheriff’s deputy made sure that all of the riding gear made it into the ambulance. Once at the Hospital ER the same Deputy came to follow up with me to make sure that the transport went well and to fill me in on a few things. He gave me his card with his name and contact info. He gave me info on where my bike was being towed (more on the bike in a few). He gave me the Accident Report Number. He did ask me to give him my version of what happened. He told then me straight up that the pedestrian was intoxicated on alcohol and not being very cooperative. He told me that he wrote the pedestrian a citation and also told me that my story was consistent other witness statements. I was not being faulted in the accident in any way. I have a copy of the Accident Report and everything the deputy said was reflected in the report. Finally, something goes my way!!!!

    To this day (one week later) I have zero information on the other guys condition or whereabouts. I have a name and address but do not feel that either one is very reliable. Nevertheless, I feel bad if another human was injured even if he was entirely at fault. I was very angry initially but this whole cracked rib thing really mellows me out. I am sure I will grow to resent him later!!!

    As for my injuries…….. the ER did a Cat Scan from my head to groin. Rib #2 and #3 in my upper back have a non-displaced fracture. Rib #5 in my upper back has a displaced fracture. My knees are bruised, swollen and scabbed. My left ankle is bruised and swollen. I have a small patch of road rash on my wrist where there was an opening between my jacket and glove. Clearly, if I were wearing my riding jeans I would have significantly less discomfort at this time. I am sure a few other funnies may pop up but thankfully I am really not bad off at all.

    As for my bike it got off very amazingly lucky. Tip of my clutch lever is snapped off and bent. Left hand guard is broken and the bar end is ground down. Scratch on my Akra can. Rear swing arm spool took a great deal of the slide. Front wheel axle bolt scuff a little. Front rim got just a little rash right along the bead line. My plastic radiator guard is loose. One of the mounting screw points broke thru. Oversize washer will fix that. And, I have what I believe to be “drunk guy skin” on the right side of my headlight hood. My friend picked up my bike at the towing place and rode it home. No wobbles, never skipped a beat. I am still amazed and pleased that I have one less thing to dwell on or worry about.

    The main reason I am posting about this event is to emphasize just how amazing proper riding gear is and how it will save you from so much grief. I slid for 25 feet from a starting speed close to 40mph. My jacket still looks almost brand new. Notwithstanding 3 cracked ribs, the armor absorbed so much shock I am convinced that if I were without that jacket I would have multiple displaced fractured ribs, and possibly a broken arm. And I finally have learned my lesson about skipping the riding jeans. My ribs hurt immensely but so do my knees and left leg. If I had my riding jeans on I would only be nursing one unavoidable injury and not all of these other nuisance issues. Not wanting to sound preachy -- just highly regard my gear.

    My new replacement helmet arrived yesterday. My new levers and hand guards will be here by the weekend. My bike and gear will be ready to go long before I am. I have read all sorts of broken ribs stories. Every person is different. I am going to get lots of rest and take it easy for several weeks and listen to my body. Then I am getting right back on and ride again with one big alteration. In all likelihood, I am going to not ride after dark unless it is absolutely necessary.

    I probably left out a detail or several. Here are a few pics to show you all my jacket and my bike

    [​IMG]IMG_5439 by Matthew Fields, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5467 by Matthew Fields, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5468 by Matthew Fields, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5469 by Matthew Fields, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5470 by Matthew Fields, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5471 by Matthew Fields, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5472 by Matthew Fields, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5450 by Matthew Fields, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5451 by Matthew Fields, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5452 by Matthew Fields, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5454 by Matthew Fields, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5458 by Matthew Fields, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5461 by Matthew Fields, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5464 by Matthew Fields, on Flickr



    Human Skin--Maybe:
    [​IMG]IMG_5460 by Matthew Fields, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5459 by Matthew Fields, on Flickr
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  2. thirsty 1

    thirsty 1 Rider

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    Glad you weren't hurt worse. I damn near hit a guy on a push it scooter wearing all black in a 50mph zone.
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  3. gwarden

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    Good to hear you made it out pretty okay. Always good to get reminders to be vigilant of things that would never happen in a world of responsible, contentious people only - drunks on bikes included.
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  4. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    On the bright side - this accident should have a quicker recovery time compared to the previous one.

    I'm glad the gear did its job. :thumb
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  5. Kamala

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    Dress for the crash not for the ride. Glad to read you didn't get really seriously hurt. I'm guessing that suing the drunk is out of the question! Heal and be well!
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  6. Zombiereaper5

    Zombiereaper5 n00b

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    Hey look at it this way, if you had been driving a car instead of riding when that guy walked into the road he'd be dead instead of getting a ticket. Glad you are healing up and the bike is OK.
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  7. mjfields_228

    mjfields_228 Long timer

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    I just wish to do some recon on the dude and see if he is okay. Still not word one. Today, I emailed the Sheriff Deputy that took the accident report to see of he has had any interaction with the guy at all.

    Not that this matters in the least, but I drove past "the spot" the last 2 nights and the street light closest to the point of impact is non-functional.

    The ribs are feeling better than they were a few nights ago so the MF'r is making recovery progress.
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  8. polarbearrider

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    Sorry about your off man. Sure sucks!! But, as you say in your first post, proper gear makes a lot of difference. AS for the bike, the way I look at it is it's just plastic and metal, and those are not worth worrying about. Take it easy with those broken ribs--I never broke any ribs, but everyone says it sure hurts....

    Can you milk this to have b-fast served in bed EVERY MORNING for one month? Or something??? :-)

    One thing: you say not to ride at night. I certainly agree with that statement. However, would switching to an higher intensity (led) bulb help in case you need to ride at night? just saying...

    Cheers and take care of yourself!

    C
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  9. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    At least your not at fault and can walk away from it without fighting someone suing you . Glad it s not worse .
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  10. radmann10

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    I have broken a few ribs 5 or 6 times. They heal rather quickly and with out any lasting difficulties. Get better and back on the bike soon!
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  11. pigjockey

    pigjockey Hognuts the T-bagger

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    What's the clear piece on the jacket sleeve? for?
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  12. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    Holder for an identification badge - to get into a secure facility without having to dig one out for the guard.
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  13. pigjockey

    pigjockey Hognuts the T-bagger

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    Cool thanks.
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  14. neanderthal

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    Glad you're alive man.

    Heal up quick.

    I read every single one of the crash reports to try and get a read for what could have been done to avoid the off, but it seems like other than a better headlight there's nowt you coulda done.
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  15. AlwaysRolling

    AlwaysRolling Been here awhile

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    Best wishes to you for healing.

    It's really a good thing that you posted those gear pics. Especially that helmet. Amazing. Thank you, and get well.
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  16. ToothDocJay

    ToothDocJay Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the cautionary tale.

    I try to wear my gear every time I ride my bike. My success rate isn't 100% though;

    Helmet 100%
    Armored Jacket 97%
    Armored Pants 90%
    Proper Boots 94%

    These are rough figures, but I'm not perfect and occasionally "give in" to the temptation to ride with less than all my gear on. Hopefully a story like this will bump those percentages up a notch or two.
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  17. mjfields_228

    mjfields_228 Long timer

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    I had a really nasty encounter with a Honda Civic in 2015 and the result was an Open Book Pelvic Fracture and the rest was bruises and the only abrasions I got was sliding across the hood. I ended up on the side of the highway in soft grass. I had a good full face helmet, light mesh jacket and summer gloves. But I was wearing jeans and hiking boots. It could have been so much worse so I swore I would wear even better gear after that crash. I did get a medium duty riding boot, a very good jacket (the one I was wearing this time) a little more aggressive glove but had on those useless jeans again this time. I was not so lucky to land in soft grass this time and both of my knees and left ankle got bashed pretty good. So I plan to wear my KLIM riding jeans that I bought in 2015 always -- not just on trips and aggressive rides. I am going to beef up my gloves too.

    I need to go 100% on all gear from now on. It is truly amazing how much it helps.
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  18. bisquit

    bisquit A BOY WITH HIS OWN SCHOOL BUS

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    So your insurance company is covering everything? Who is it & will they pay for your replacement gear?

    I am with Farm Bureau but have never had a claim but I know they do not cover damaged gear.
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  19. mjfields_228

    mjfields_228 Long timer

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    So the bike truly has only superficial damage--less than my deductible (unless I replace everything that has a scratch). I need a new clutch lever and hand guard. Rest of the bike is cosmetic. Since it is my off road bike, dressed up as a supermoto, it will certainly see a dirt nap now and then. So I did not want to file a claim against my insurance for the bike. The jacket is fine and the helmet was 3 years old and taken shots from tree branches and slipped off the mirror when parked a few times so I was getting close to upgrading anyway so I ate it on the cost of a new helmet. Keeping all receipts in case the mystery man that got tangled up in my front wheel turns out to own 49% shares in Carnival Cruise Lines and has some good insurance I'll be pursuing that!

    I worry about filing a claim against my policy even though I am not at fault because I am not sure if my rates will go up and I am currently running ~10 bikes so I need to keep that overhead in-check!!
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  20. Uke

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    Having survived a pair of violent get-offs, do you chance a third?

    My most recent addition to my ATGATT is an airbag vest, I chose the Helite Turtle vest but there are other choices. In such a get-off your torso and neck would have been spared. Don't give up on the armored jacket or kevlar jeans.
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