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Old 10-19-2020, 04:43 PM   #1
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T-Boned :(

Hi folks,

Unfortunate way for me to introduce myself to the forum. A day ago got t-boned on highway 1 in my hometown of Half Moon Bay. I think the driver behind me waved in someone approaching the turn lane and he didnít yield to me - likely didnít see me. He smacked me directly on the side of the motorcycle, he must have still been cruising along at 30-40mph and I was doing about 25-30mph, crushing my knee and foot. Launched me about 20 feet to the right and my poor SV650 about the same.

Some good ligament and tendon damage in my knee, broken metatarsal, and hopefully just sprained wrists. If it wasnít for the full face I would likely have shattered my orbital cavity too. Iíve got a plate and screws incoming for the metatarsal on Friday, and tomorrow getting my knee checked out. No neck, back, or torso injuries for that matter. Right leg completely untouched aside from the slightest bit of road rash.

The SV has a cracked crank case, bent radiator, possibly bent frame and/or forks and/or swing arm, some scuffs here and there, ruined set of Vortex rear sets, and slide marks on the passenger pegs, and of course the frame sliders. My claims agent told me it will likely be totaled.

Anyways, hoping to be back to riding sooner rather than later. Itíll probably be some months before Iím back to full health and walking correctly. Looking forward to meeting more Bay Area riders when I can again
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Old 10-19-2020, 07:18 PM   #2
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First good luck with the procedure on Friday.

Hate to hear that metal bits are needed but pretty common now vs the old days. I got put back together several times without them and 100% they would do that now.

I think the big thing is how long it takes to recover or what the chances for a full recovery is. Mine was a collarbone and an upper arm.

Ligaments can take longer than bones and the repercussions can last much longer. Hopefully those injuries are not bad. Rehab man. Do the work.

The bike. Forget about it. Dime a dozen. Your body parts not so much.
It sucks but the bike can be replaced.

Wish you the best in recovery.

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Old 10-19-2020, 07:25 PM   #3
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Ouch.
Yeah, do everything you can to get your fleshy body parts in order. The rest is not that important.

Meanwhile, tell us some stories. Like, I was T boned once, but I was unconscious for three days, so I don’t remember. Not that story though.

Heal well.
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Old 10-19-2020, 10:22 PM   #4
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Old 10-20-2020, 06:40 AM   #5
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I had someone wave a car through traffic to make a left turn while I was passing on the right and car stopped dead in front of me when they saw me. I was only going about 10 mph, but couldn't stop in time, jumped off the bike and ran past the front of the car as the bike T boned the front fender. Never fell down, bent forks and driver ticketed. Heal up!
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Old 10-20-2020, 07:45 AM   #6
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Ouch.
Yeah, do everything you can to get your fleshy body parts in order. The rest is not that important.
Especially with soft tissue damage.

Therapy, therapy, and more therapy. Most of the time what the insurance companies cover is not enough PT.

That stuff just takes forever to heal.
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Old 10-20-2020, 12:07 PM   #7
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Time to hire an attorney to represent you.
Thankfully my insurance is already on it!

I just got back from getting my knee and wrist checked out. Didnít tear any tendons, but my MCL is beat to shit. Wrist has something that looks like a fracture, but it could have been the other multiple times Iíve broken it. So far the soft tissue damage is proving to be the worst of it. I can even wiggle my toes despite the broken metatarsal and only have a dull ache, but if I extend my knee all the way my MCL feels like itís on fire.

As for stories, I can tell you that the truck traded more paint with my pants than the motorcycle if that says anything about the nature of the crash lol. Also sailing through the air was pretty interesting for a moment, but the context quickly made me realize I wasnít going to enjoy it. I got to watch my visor fly off, then my legs were above me and I closed my eyes right before my helmet made contact with the pavement. Pretty sure my leg started hurting before I even reached the ground.

Overall, thankful I still have the bottom half of my leg, no traumatic head/back/neck injuries, and my life for that matter.
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Old 10-21-2020, 08:05 AM   #8
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Thankfully my insurance is already on it!

I just got back from getting my knee and wrist checked out. Didnít tear any tendons, but my MCL is beat to shit. Wrist has something that looks like a fracture, but it could have been the other multiple times Iíve broken it. So far the soft tissue damage is proving to be the worst of it. I can even wiggle my toes despite the broken metatarsal and only have a dull ache, but if I extend my knee all the way my MCL feels like itís on fire.

As for stories, I can tell you that the truck traded more paint with my pants than the motorcycle if that says anything about the nature of the crash lol. Also sailing through the air was pretty interesting for a moment, but the context quickly made me realize I wasnít going to enjoy it. I got to watch my visor fly off, then my legs were above me and I closed my eyes right before my helmet made contact with the pavement. Pretty sure my leg started hurting before I even reached the ground.

Overall, thankful I still have the bottom half of my leg, no traumatic head/back/neck injuries, and my life for that matter.
Do NOT SIGN ANYTHING your insurance company sends you. NOTHING. Talk to a lawyer, it will cost you nothing and you won't regret it. You company will offer you a payoff, most likely, to not file future claims for any of these injuries. Don't do it.

Nobody knows what long term injuries you have. I was in a rear ender in the eighties that displaced two vertebrae, and I didn't know it until many years later.
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Old 10-21-2020, 01:33 PM   #9
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Do NOT SIGN ANYTHING your insurance company sends you. NOTHING. Talk to a lawyer, it will cost you nothing and you won't regret it. You company will offer you a payoff, most likely, to not file future claims for any of these injuries. Don't do it.

Nobody knows what long term injuries you have. I was in a rear ender in the eighties that displaced two vertebrae, and I didn't know it until many years later.
Iíll keep it in mind, thanks for the info. Iíve really never sustained debilitating injuries, that have both kept me out of work and possibly will have long lasting effects, from an accident before, so this is all new to me.

Assuming the other party is ruled at fault, does their insurance deal with most of the medical finances (I guess depending on the amount of coverage they have)?
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Iíll keep it in mind, thanks for the info. Iíve really never sustained debilitating injuries, that have both kept me out of work and possibly will have long lasting effects, from an accident before, so this is all new to me.

Assuming the other party is ruled at fault, does their insurance deal with most of the medical finances (I guess depending on the amount of coverage they have)?
There are a ton of variables and you need to talk to an attorney to explain it all to you so you don't screw up.

Call an attorney NOW, yesterday was not early enough.
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There are a ton of variables and you need to talk to an attorney to explain it all to you so you don't screw up.

Call an attorney NOW, yesterday was not early enough.
Any recommendations on who I should go to?
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Old 10-21-2020, 09:41 PM   #12
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Agree with others, talk to attourney about this. Your insurance company IS NOT your friend.

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Old 10-22-2020, 02:32 AM   #13
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When I was hit in traffic several years ago, Scotty Storey's wife did an awesome job. She went back in house but I would still recommend Scotty. https://scottystorey.com/
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Iíll keep it in mind, thanks for the info. Iíve really never sustained debilitating injuries, that have both kept me out of work and possibly will have long lasting effects, from an accident before, so this is all new to me.

Assuming the other party is ruled at fault, does their insurance deal with most of the medical finances (I guess depending on the amount of coverage they have)?
I never suffered debilitating injuries either, until I found out twenty years later that I needed drastic surgery to repair spine damage.

The fact that you don't feel something now does not mean much. Do not assume the insurance company is your friend.
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