T-Boned a car this past Tues :(...

Discussion in 'Buell' started by Baggh, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. Baggh

    Baggh Active Member

    Hey all,

    Well you hear about the dangers of riding these things and see the accident horrors on youtube all the time... I was in an accident that should have left me unable to write this.

    The road leading to my house has a speed limit of 55. Its a 2 lane road with intermittent broken lines enabling the passing slower vehicles. Many times there are vehicles going 30~45 on this road... and I pass them everytime (at the broken line areas). Tuesday evening on my way home from work there was a vehicle in front of me doing just that... going about 30 mph. It was a larger blach pickup or SUV... I dont remember. I went to pass it and BAM... in front of the SUV was a car, that I could not see, making a left hand turn into their driveway. I was going about 40 mph... I immediately hit the front\rear brakes. I did not lock them.. perhaps I should have tried but... I didn't.

    Everything seemed as if it was moving in slo-mo... yet a 1,000 mph. On my way towards the vehicle's side all I was thinking was "Here we go... this is it... you hear about accidents all the time and you're about to be in one... please let this go well.. please let this go well... please let this go well..." BAM! I slammed into the drivers door... took the door mirror off with my right forearm\shoulder (before impact I braced myself like a Running Back bulldozing thru a defensive line for a goal line touchdown).

    I flew over the hood (without touching it). While in the air the slo-mo continued... I remember thinking... "So far so good... I feel no pain... please let the landing go well... please let the landing go well... please let the landing go well... " BAM... about 20 ft. later I hit the ground and felt a pain in my right side ribs... not severe but I definitely knew I landed. I rolled a tad and immediately stood up. I quickly checked myself out... waved my right arm around in circles to check my ribs and such. I figured I might see or feel a broken bone... nothing. I just had a tad of blood on my right forearm from the doors mirror... nothing that would require stitches.

    Everything seemed in tact.

    I took my helmet off (thank goodness I don't buy into the whole "dew rag for a helmet" thing) and walked over the the car. The right side door was uber dented in as if a giant punched it. Door mirror was dangling. Everybody was ok.

    Cops\ambulances\ etc etc showed up after about 5 minutes. I didn't have to go to the hospital.. I was fine.

    Today: I am doing very well... I have a small amount of brush burn (not road rash cause I landed in the persons front lawn... thank God!), the right side of my ribs where they connect to my sternum hurts pretty good but not severe... my guess is that they are strained. My left wrist hurt pretty good... once again.. strained I guess but it feels MUCH better. Thats about it. I am pretty much 100% fine... and I can't believe it.

    My bike is in the Harley shop already getting repaired. Geico insurance rules... the check is already at the shop and parts are ordered. My bike will have a cool facelift of sorts. I am getting the "straight bars" put on in place of the stock "clubmans". The clubmans are cool but not great for comfort. My 1125 was all black... I am getting the flyscreen, radiator shrouds, and Air box cover plastics in Red... that should look awesome. Other various parts are getting repalced. It will be back better than ever.

    Interesting note... you may remember how i stated on these forums about my not-so-good experiences at the Harley Dealer closest to me. Well... the Geico rep asked me which shop I would like the bike taken to. I stated the rubbish shop cause its closest... but i said it not-so-convincing. The Geico rep picked up on my reservations and asked what other shop I had in mind. I mentioned the shop much further away where I bought the 1125. He said... "Good.. lets take it there.. the "other" shop is very hard to work with which makes it frustrating for me and the customer." I was blown away... the shop (with the chick that knows... umm.. nothing... that stares at her monitor all confused and such) has a bad rep with all around here... its not just me.

    Soooo... the horror ended as a subtle lesson. Its a tough one cause after an acident you look for lessons. Some way to prevent these things from occurring again. 2 things I can draw from this... 1. practice MUCH more patience... I will continue to pass slower vehicles when legal BUT I will not "think" I will 110% "know" the coast is clear and 2... I will ride practicing a bit more patience and try not to get soooo worked up about other drivers (you know the ones... the ones that don't use turn signals.. go super slow... etc). I am guilty of becoming frustrated with drivers with zero awareness. Getting worked up does us riders no good... it just meeses up our own concentration and awareness.

    Once again... every night I thank God I'm ok... this could have been a really life altering (or life losing) experience.

    btw... I will most certainly continue riding and cannot wait to get my 1125 back... practicing my new outlook of riding.

    It is a luxury to be able to ride these things.

    stay safe out there
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 14, 2009
  2. glenalt

    glenalt Junior Member

    I was glad that you are OK. As I read your exerience I couldn't help think, WOW! It happens so fast and yet you have time for all those thoughts. Sounds like you have learned a valuable lesson from experience. I will try and learn from you and not have to go through the same thing.
  3. Redfish-Joe

    Redfish-Joe Senior Member

    Glad things worked out for you. Man, could have been alot worse. Heal quick and ride safe:D

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

    Baggh, read your post with great interest, and remember when I first followed your exploits from the Sporty early on to your migration to the Buell and I must say that I have seen the ups and downs of your relationship with the V-Twins and your approach and I must say that you are very fortunate and certainly have a very positive take on things.

    Yes, let those positive thoughts move you forward. You do not have to be an aggressive rider, just be a very "pro-active" assertive one and that thought is what sustained you during and after the encounter. We all have those moments when we get frustrated, and opt to pass that seemingly inattentive cager up front, but we must let our cooler head prevail before we execute our exposure into on coming traffic. As I have said before, the worst thing is the unexpected, I have had several people instead of doing a left turn in front of me ACTUALLY do a U-Turn and if I was not covering the rear brake and anticipating a stupid move like that, I would probably not be riding a Harley today...(happened twice when I was riding metric sport bikes).
  5. HarryB737

    HarryB737 Junior Member

    Praise God you're alright !! ... Your post was very well written, I think all who read it can learn a very important lesson here. It also sounds like the right dealer has your bike. I hope you get it back soon. I look forward to some follow-up Threads soon. Take care & God Bless.

    Harry B
  6. 03classic

    03classic Junior Member

    Glad you are ok.Habits are hard to break.
  7. Hill202

    Hill202 Active Member Contributor

    Glad you're ok. The tip about patience is well received by me. I need to practice it myself.
  8. Trek

    Trek Junior Member

    Hey Baggh,

    First of all I'm glad you are not hurt any worse than you are. Second it is very wise of you to sit back and look at what you're mistakes were so as to move on from there. Patience indeed is a virtue we can ALL work on. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
  9. Davidw2415

    Davidw2415 Senior Member

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I'm glad you were not seriously injured
  10. porky

    porky Member

    You are one lucky guy. Read your story and unfortunately relate to this all to well. Mine was 18 years ago, 102bhp of tire shreadding beast going way to fast and ploughing into a car (who decided to do an illegal u turn in front of me) which such force that the car rolled onto its roof. Made for an awesome photo in the paper. But it taught me a valuable lesson, its the stopping that counts and yes it matures you really quickly and teaches you how precious life is. I still enjoy riding all these years latter, just with a bit more repect to the laws of gravity and motion, and the realization that when you are on a bike it dosn't matter who is right or wrong, the bike and rider will allways come of second best.