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A cautionary tale of an accident

Old 06-30-11, 10:59 AM
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A cautionary tale of an accident

I just thought I'd share this story about an accident that occurred to me on my Tuesday morning ride....

I got up first thing in the morning and prepared to do my normal morning ride. I ride to/from my home to this park (Russell Creek Park). I had already made my first loop of the park, when I decided to do a second loop...

On the first loop, I encountered a faulty sprinkler just before the sharp right turn in front of the YMCA near the park. I proceeded exceedingly slowly through the sprinkler; however, on my second round the sprinkler was off (though it left water on the ground) and since I had the path to myself and was on pace for my best time/speed yet I proceeded faster than I should have.

Much of the rest of the story will have to be from what I can reconstruct since I can't remember anything from just before the turn, until I awoke in the ambulance about an hour later...

My guess is that I hit the turn too fast, and probably hit the brakes at a bad moment. The tire(s) slid out from under me and I went down. I appear to have hit face first (helmet shows no sign of impact, but my face near the glasses show the major impact, with some light road rash else where.

I later learned (when the women came to visit me in the hospital) that she and a few friends had found me after the accident. I was bleeding from scalp wounds and sitting next to the bike futility trying to clean my hopelessly broken glasses. I was telling them that I was fine and that I just needed to "cool off" a little bit and that I didn't need any assistance. They called the ambulance anyway.

Apparently shortly after the ambulance arrived and I started debating with them that I didn't need any assistance, I passed out. They took me and surprisingly my bike in the ambulance to the hospital (Medical Center of Plano). I remember awaking in the hospital as they cut the tatters of my bib shorts and jersey off.

I was still a little groggy during the initial trauma interview with the hospital. But that seemed to fade fairly quickly. I was given fourteen sutures to close two wounds caused by my eye glasses near my right eye. And was diagnosed with three fractures to my face. One of which may need some additional surgery to correct a recess caused by the bone--but that will remain to be scene depending upon how it looks now that the swelling is decreasing.

The good news; I am in pretty good condition despite the accident (I could ride, but I am waiting until I get new glasses this afternoon). I am able to eat with only a little discomfort due to the fractures face bones. Even better my bike, which I cleaned all of the blood off of this morning, seems to have survived (its carbon fiber) with only some minor scratching to the the handlebar tape and the loss of a single bar end cap. My body seemed to take the rest of the impact.

So I will still be able to continute training for my first metric century during the 2011 Tour de Cure in D/FW late July... Really good news.

Best quote of the whole incident when they learned that I had apparently broken four ribs when I feel in early february and didn't seek any medical help; "You have the highest threshold of pain of any male patient I've ever examined..." This was from one of the two trauma surgeons when I tried to refuse any further pain medication since I wasn't feeling bad enough to warrant any...





So, while wearing a helmet, it didn't help me with this fall, though I will continue to wear one since it may help with the next fall. People are amazingly helpful to the injured and many are also cyclists, which is at least partially why my bike was taken with the ambulance...

In short I feel better about people after this incident.

I didn't have any form of id with me... Will get a small simple wallet to carry from now on..
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Old 06-30-11, 11:08 AM
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wow ... glad you're ok ... and kudos for wearing a helmet

as for not having ID ... I always wear a Road ID ...
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Old 06-30-11, 11:22 AM
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Wow, that's some pretty serious looking stuff. Glad it wasn't more serious!

One thing I've learned is to recognize road hazards. I don't care how good my average looks at the time, if I see sand, dirt, water, slick painted white lines, a kid on a bike, I back of the accelerator. Your face is just another reminder.
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Old 06-30-11, 11:33 AM
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I wish somebody would make a good full-face shield (more like the ones used for grinding than the BMX things) to attach to normal bike helmets. I probably wouldn't wear it in the summer, (111F wind may not be very helpful, but it's better than stagnant 111F air) but it would be nice to attenuate winter winds and blowing snow a bit, and it should be able to absorb at least some road rash.

Something made of the fairly flexible-but-tough stuff I'm familiar with probably would have left you just as bruised up, but prevented the leaks.
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Old 06-30-11, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
One thing I've learned is to recognize road hazards. I don't care how good my average looks at the time, if I see sand, dirt, water, slick painted white lines, a kid on a bike, I back of the accelerator. Your face is just another reminder.
I pretty much just don't trust the traction of tires in a turn. If I have to cut a tight turn, I slow down quite a bit.

As for the OP.... I landed on my face once, jaw first, then forehead. Minor scratches and a cracked helmet, and some swelling in the jaw. I never lost consciousness. I wonder how high up on your forehead you wear your helmet. It provides best protection if it sits very low, just above your brow ridge. If it's up on your forehead, it simply isn't going to protect your face. Maybe you did have it low and the geometry of your face is different enough from mine that there was still a lot of impact on the face....

Either way, glad you lived to tell the tale.
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Originally Posted by myrridin View Post

I didn't have any form of id with me... Will get a small simple wallet to carry from now on..
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Old 06-30-11, 12:19 PM
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Wow. Glad to hear you are ok and able to get back in the saddle.

The worst trauma I ever had was a circumcision when I was born. I couldn't walk for nine months afterward. True story.
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I'm sorry to hear this. It must be a very harrowing situation. I wonder if it's for the better that you don't remember anything? You seem to have a very good attitude about this, and I hope you don't suffer any PTSD as a result.

I'm glad your bike is ok, too, and that you're planning to continue riding it. That was very hard for me to decide to do after my crash. And mine didn't have me bleeding from the head or blacking out!
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Old 06-30-11, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by myrridin View Post
I didn't have any form of id with me... Will get a small simple wallet to carry from now on..
ROAD ID - $25 - invest in one.

Good grief! Tough story to read but glad things turned out OK.

BTW I started reading a ROAD ID in 2003 when I was tossed off my bike, knocked unconciousness and was out for 20 minutes. After I returned to the living I had no memory for 2 - 3 hours; I couldn't even tell the first responders my name. My ID lists my name, address and medical information (Plan and Group #s). Where I live if you have good insurance (and I do) you go to the good hospital, none; not so good (OK bad) hospital. I want to make sure I am hauled away to the good hospital.

And with the injury you sustained, I am surprised your helmet did not come into play. Do you wear it properly, sat forward, not back on your head? The lip of the helmet should just be above your eyes (like my avatar photo)... It might have saved you from a facial bone injury. My helmet saved my life!

Anyway healing vibes sent your way...
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Originally Posted by ill.clyde View Post
as for not having ID ... I always wear a Road ID ...
+1. My wife suggested that I get one after I told her about them. Name, contact names and numbers, a note about my health conditions, and my blood type - I feel better wearing it, especially after seeing a note like yours. I hope you recover quickly!
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Old 06-30-11, 03:01 PM
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Sorry to hear about your incident myrridin. Heal up soon!
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Ditto on the RoadID. I have contact info as well as info as NKDA and NKA (no known drug allergies and no known allergies).
Though I didn't passout from my crash last Tuesday I did crack my helmet as my head hit on the right side twice before I began to skid. I have it sitting in my office as a reminder to always wear one. Mine was from a small pothole deep enough to flip me over the top. Tore my jersey on the right top of shoulder. So, I am guessing the brunt of the trauma was my head and shoulder. Road rash on upper right thigh, right elbow area, and right knee and lower leg. Very lucky that I did not hurt my neck or break a collar bone. I am a very careful rider, but was completely caught off guard on this one.
Glad you are recovering nicely. You were lucky as well.
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All the best for a speedy recovery and back to training!
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Thanks for the well wishes. Part of why I am sharing the story, is because this incident was entirely self inflicted. We don't need anyone else on the road to cause problems... Also I was wearing the helmet properly., but the only part of the helmet that came in contact with the ground was the detachable visor. I don't remember any details, but the body damage and lack of scratches on the bike/helmet indicate that my right eye/eyeglasses were wear the brunt of the impact occurred.

Just a good reason for all of us to be more careful our their.
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Wow, good to see your ok, looks pretty rough. I just purchased a Road ID for myself and my kiddos, they will be riding to school next year.
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Old 06-30-11, 07:19 PM
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Wow. Glad you survived. I am another vote for the Road ID - it wouldn't have helped your face but at the very least your family could be notified.
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Glad you came through it with nothing worse. Face impact is a game changer if you hit just the right way.

Luckily there Fire Staion with an ambulance and paramedics located right there at the park! (I know the area well after years of club soccer with the kiddo...)
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Ouch !

A tough way to head into a long weekend. Glad you are on the mend and that they took to the hospital despite your pleadings.

You can take it easy for the next few days and watch the TDF during your convalescence.
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Wow, what a bummer, glad that the bike is okay. I don't wear a helmet. I hate the feeling of a hat or helmet on my head. I wear one on my motorcycle because it is the law here in Cali, and I would get a ticket. Get well soon, and keep wearing that helmet.
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Originally Posted by myrridin View Post
Thanks for the well wishes. Part of why I am sharing the story, is because this incident was entirely self inflicted. We don't need anyone else on the road to cause problems... Also I was wearing the helmet properly., but the only part of the helmet that came in contact with the ground was the detachable visor. I don't remember any details, but the body damage and lack of scratches on the bike/helmet indicate that my right eye/eyeglasses were wear the brunt of the impact occurred.

Just a good reason for all of us to be more careful our their.
Thanks for sharing your story and I hope that you are continuing to recover. This is just my opinion, but, since you wear eyeglasses (Me too, btw. ) you may wish to look into trying out a full face "mountain bike" style helmet. I use a Giro "Remedy" and feel lots more confident while wearing it. It is a bit heavier and it isn't as well ventilated as my "regular helmets" (A Bell "Array" and a Giro "Rift") Plus it was about twice as expensive. But it does afford me greater peace of mind and I am finding that I am using the "Remedy" most of the time now. Even on "Road" trips. I do get some strange looks while wearing it, but I'm used to that. (6' 5" 240 lbs. with a beard and dark, shoulder length hair. Just imagine "Bigfoot" on a bike!
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Wow - sorry to hear that.

Also you gotta make sure the helmet is fitted correctly with the straps reasonable firm in tension. Over the last few days, I've taken my helmet off because I need to spend some time adjusting the straps and also the insert have worn away so makes my head/helmet feel funny. Although I like the wind blowing thru my head when not wearing a helmet, I'll either adjust or purchase a new helmet by next week.

Thanks for taking the time to share.
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Yikes!!

I hope you have a speedy recovery.
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Also I was wearing the helmet properly., but the only part of the helmet that came in contact with the ground was the detachable visor. I don't remember any details, but the body damage and lack of scratches on the bike/helmet indicate that my right eye/eyeglasses were wear the brunt of the impact occurred.
Ah, that makes sense. When I went down, I had the "good fortune" of landing right on the front of my face.
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Damn that looks painful! Hope you heal up quickly.

I wonder if you did something more than just slide out - if there was some other obstruction that you couldn't see, and hit and threw you in a weird way. I've slide out in a similar situation - taking a fast left turn and realizing halfway through that oil or diesel had been spilled on the road, I felt like I was fallling in slow motion and just went down and slid until I hit the curb. I think the oil actually helped protect me from injury since I just slid over the road surface.

To those who are using Road ID - what's the benefit over just carrying say a driver's license, your insurance card, and a slip of paper with vital info in some kind of small thin case that I probably have lying around at home?

And - Wondermonkey -- good one.
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To those who are using Road ID - what's the benefit over just carrying say a driver's license, your insurance card, and a slip of paper with vital info in some kind of small thin case that I probably have lying around at home?
The advantage I see that the Road ID is much harder to lose in an accident. Plus I wear mine riding and swimming (can't really take my insurance card and contact paper in the water). I have no problem with your solution, either, since I did exactly that for a long time. Whatever works for ya.
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