I posted not too long ago about taking a spill when a nut on my Haluzak's steering linkage came off and the front wheel turned sideways on me. That primarily injured my pride - little else was hurt.
But this past Monday on my way into work I took a much nastier spill. While riding in front of a pretty much deserted strip mall (pretty much deserted that time in the morning), got my front tire caught in a rut between the concrete from the curbing and the asphalt of the road. I was doing between 10 and 15 mph and it dumped me off my bike to the right side.
That wouldn't have been so bad except that my legs (which of course were the forward-most part of my body) straddled a metal signpost for a "no parking" sign. I must have been dead center on that signpost because it didn't even scrape my legs in the least. I took the full impact in my groin.
I scooted myself off the bike and sat there for a minute to clear my head. I was hurting, but being within a mile of my destination I was wondering if I could make it there and then deal with it. I didn't. While sitting there thinking, I noticed a puddle of blood forming where I was sitting so I called an ambulance.
I'll spare you any more cringe-inducing details. I'm off the bike for 4 to 6 weeks and the doc says I probably won't feel fully like myself till Thanksgiving or so.
I know ruts are bad, but I hadn't even noticed it. I still haven't decided whether I think this accident was worse because I was on a recumbent compared to an upright bike.
But if you ever have the opportunity to take a metal signpost edge-on to the crotch, I'd suggest passing on that opportunity.