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Old 11-06-12, 07:36 PM   #1
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Old 11-06-12, 08:27 PM   #2
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Dang....ouch!
Assuming you are in North America, best time to be recuperating is late Fall/Winter.

Driver's insurance cooperative with meeting your needs?

Heal fast.
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Old 11-06-12, 08:35 PM   #3
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Did you report the accident and claim on her insurance?
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Old 11-06-12, 09:48 PM   #4
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Congratulations on being alive (and able to cruise at 27mph). I'd suggest you think about talking to a lawyer about this accident.
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Old 11-07-12, 06:49 AM   #5
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Her turn? Was this at a stop sign?
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Old 11-07-12, 06:58 AM   #6
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Old 11-07-12, 11:40 AM   #7
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Her turn? Was this at a stop sign?
+1 What did she mean by "my turn?"
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Old 11-07-12, 01:10 PM   #8
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Police did respond, filed report, insurance contacted, counsel sought.
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Old 11-07-12, 01:20 PM   #9
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What she did was illegal and potentially lethal. Glad the injuries weren't worse.
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Old 11-07-12, 01:29 PM   #10
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Some years ago, while living in another state, two women drove onto a major highway in front of an oncoming loaded lumber truck. The truck driver had no time in which to react and the women were instantly killed. Some people have poor judgement about these situations. They may be perfectly fine people in every other respect. I find I ride my bike in a heightened state of alertness and avoid higher risk roads but still wonder what else I might do. I work on 'what else' quite a lot.
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Old 11-07-12, 01:43 PM   #11
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I survived 20 years and a couple of hundred thousand miles of motorcycling mostly in the Atlanta/N Georgia area by assuming everyone around me was going to try to kill me. Constantly aware of the position of all vehicles around me and subconsciously planning escape routes. Much easier on a motorcycle because you always go a little faster than the traffic flow. I don't know hot to get that level of situational awareness while on a bike, except that is when I'm deep in the Blackwater Forrest near here where you might see a car or truck every 1/2 hour or more.

I don't bike with traffic except in very slow and limited traffic situations.
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Old 11-07-12, 02:50 PM   #12
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Even taking the lane is no guarantee. I once got right-hooked by someone who did it from a lane over.
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Old 11-07-12, 03:57 PM   #13
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Just yesterday, some <insert derogutory term here> raced around me so he could make his right turn ahead of me, cutting me off. Fortunately, I saw it coming. The one place I routinely take the lane is when crossing an intersection. I want to be behind (or ahead of) any car turning right, not to the side of them. I give them the lane back as I clear the intersection, or even while I'm in it if the lanes are widening and I can be sure there is room as exit the intersection. Coming back into the traffic as things narrow back to the normal lanes is another danger point.

Glad you survived, buykguy, and sorry to hear of your ijuries.
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Old 11-07-12, 04:49 PM   #14
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congrats on 1-going nine years before taking a beating. And #2, you took a series hit. God's Speed in your healing.

You also have some wisdom going. A person who thinks a right turn is something they are entitled to is going to do their best to make this your fault. Having a police report is the best second step. Calling for the ambulance was the first.

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Old 11-07-12, 05:56 PM   #15
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I survived 20 years and a couple of hundred thousand miles of motorcycling mostly in the Atlanta/N Georgia area by assuming everyone around me was going to try to kill me. Constantly aware of the position of all vehicles around me and subconsciously planning escape routes.
I personally believe new drivers should be required to spend 2 years riding a motorcycle before they're allowed behind the wheel of a car. (Actually, I would like to make say...1 out of every 10 years be motorcycling only after the license is obtained, but you know, baby steps.)

My basic mantra while riding. "They can't see me. If they can see me, they're going to try to kill me."

I'm not saying it's true. Just that it's a good maxim to live by.
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Old 11-07-12, 06:20 PM   #16
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so you were both going in the same direction. She was up ahead making a right and as you tried to pass her on the right and you impacted her door?
or is it that you were both going in the same direction, she passed you and then tried to beat you and make a right before you got there?

Either way if it were me I'd erase my post entirely and not comment about it until everything is settled.
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Old 11-08-12, 09:19 AM   #17
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Bike is good. A few scratches on the shifters/pedals, but otherwise she fared better than my old worn out body!
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Old 11-08-12, 09:49 AM   #18
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My basic mantra while riding. "They can't see me. If they can see me, they're going to try to kill me."
You're not paranoid if they really are all out to get you.
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