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    fooster down

    On my way to work, Tuesday morning, riding the R1200 GSA up Kamehameha Hwy in Kaneohe, doing about 30mph, car at a stop sign up ahead on the right. He seems to be looking the other direction, but I have him spotted and will be able to react if he starts to pull out... getting closer and he looks left ... right AT me, or so I thought... so I think ....good to go... I stay on the throttle and get within 10 yards of him and he starts out across my line of travel. I see him moving (he apparently was looking right THROUGH me)...not enough time to brake, even with the GSA's ABS so I swerver to the left in a desperate attempt no to T-bone him... too late .. he catches my right rear pannier and I am down. Not sure how I came off but I know I landed on my right shoulder, then my head.

    End state, Momo helmet did its job, no head injury. Aerostich Darien light did its job no uper body road rash. Levis did exactly what we know they will do, some road rash on my knees. Nothing could have protected me from the broken collar bone, three broken ribs, and partially collapsed lung.

    Still at Tripler Hospital, hope to go home tonight or tomorrow morning. Feel pretty good considering. Everyone wants me to sell the bike, but this just makes me want to ride more.

    100% his fault, but I have avoided this exact accident before, and I cant help shake the feeling that if I had been more defensive I could have avoided this jackass as well.

    Not sure about the condition of the bike, will post some pics when I get to see it.

    10 years of riding experience, beginner and advance MSF courses, and several track days. Sometimes the cages win.

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    Dam that quite a crash, Glad your OK./ Alive
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    heal quickly dude! That could have been much worse.....
    and make sure they give you an Rx for the good drugs.

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    Thankfully you are still here! And I hope you heal quickly. ribs suck, punctured lung sucks been there; but being here - most awesome. Get well soon!!!

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    Sucks about the crash, but glad to hear that you're still breathing!

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    Sorry brother, heal up quickly.

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    Ouch.

    The same thing happened to me this past June. I thought he saw me, but he pulled right into me. I escaped with superficial damage and considered myself fortunate.

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    I've been hit more times than I care to remember by people that looked right through me.
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    I can't imagine a scarier incident than a driver looking directly at you and pulling out anyway.

    Heal up soon.
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    Oh man! Glad you're not worse off but it sucks that the jerk didn't see you.

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    Good healing! Also, did they at least stick with you after plowing into you?
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    You'll be OK next time just slow down and/or stop, not worth taking the chance that some dickhead (like the one you encountered) may cut you off. Well, anyways, your alive, and thats a good thing!
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    Sorry to hear about the crash and the injuries, hope you heal up quickly.

    Glad that your gear did its job though.

    Will the driver's insurance cover all the damages?

    Quote Originally Posted by mrt10x View Post
    100% his fault, but I have avoided this exact accident before, and I cant help shake the feeling that if I had been more defensive I could have avoided this jackass as well.
    When your head clears a bit, what do you think you might do differently next time? It's good to go back mentally and analyze our crashes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrt10x View Post
    On my way to work, Tuesday morning, riding the R1200 GSA up Kamehameha Hwy in Kaneohe, doing about 30mph, car at a stop sign up ahead on the right.
    BTW, is it possible that the driver had the sun in his eyes when he was looking?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrt10x View Post
    ...Sometimes the cages win...
    Hopefully you'll heal up quick. Perhaps, while you're healing up, someone with legal skills will be able to make this "win" hurt.
    The search for inner peace continues...

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    thanks for the thoughts folks,

    sun in his eyes?? I dont think so but Will check next time I am in that area during the morning... i really doubt it though.

    What would I do different? that is a tough question. I spotted the guy in plenty of time for me to stop. But he gave no indication that he was going to pull out. When he looked the other direction I prepared to grab a handful of brakes, but then he looked right at me. I wear a dayglo yellow Aerostich jacket and a super bright yellow Momo helmet. I guess if I was riding 100% defensively I would have slowed down enough to ensure I could stop if he started out... but I also feel that at some point we have to go past these guys.. I thought I had reached that point. I was just off by a split second.

    the lawyers..HI is a no fault state... not that I know what that means, but given that my medical is free and I wont loose any income by being laid up, i only have pain and suffering to sue on.. maybe I could make an argument that this could negatively impact my career and my chances to be picked for full Colonel next year. It really could if I cant get back on the pull up bar for a while.

    he did stick around. Last I saw of him the HPD had him for questions and he looked pretty distressed. I am sure his words were something like "I never saw him."
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmclaughlin807 View Post
    I've been hit more times than I care to remember by people that looked right through me.
    +100

    I feel THAT pain, brother!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    I can't imagine a scarier incident than a driver looking directly at you and pulling out anyway.

    Heal up soon.
    A couple months ago I was coasting downhill on a smaller side street... I'm doing about 25-30 mph in the middle of the lane, wearing my cycling gear (BRIGHT yellow club jersey, etc... much brighter than the clothes I normally wear on my bike) when a guy in an SUV stopped at a stop sign to my left looks RIGHT at me, looks the other way, looks back at me again, then pulls out in front of me.


    Left a bike-sized dent in his passenger door... nearly ended up in his wife's lap!

    Watch out for them, because they're NOT looking out for you!
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    Ugh. All hail the Darien. Sorry you got tagged. I've had cagers do similar things to me, yet managed to avoid denting and bruising. Don't give a $(@* if they look at me, I'm rolling off the throttle and covering the brake anyway.

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    I wear a dayglo yellow Aerostich jacket and a super bright yellow Momo helmet.
    Good thing you were wearing the gear in compliance with your base safety regs. This will be line of duty and the medicals covered.
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    Sorry about your accident, at least you are still here. It's always good to see a fellow motorcyclist who believes in proper protection: helmet, aerostitch...A few years ago a friend of mine had a terrible crash, he is now a paraplegic because of the accident. The doctors who worked on him after the accident noticed that he didn't have a scratch on his entire body, he had been wearing an aerostitch suit. Unfortunately the helmet and aerostitch were not quite enough.

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    Ouch, heal up quick.
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    Ugh, sorry to hear about the wreck. Glad you came out of it... better than you could have. Heal up quickly and correctly.

    I've gotten to the point where I don't even bother looking at the driver. Usually the glass is too tinted to see anything, and them looking at me doesn't mean a damn thing anyway. I look at their front wheel. Much more telling.

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    That sounds so scary. heal up, dude.

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