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post #1 of 12 Old Sep 26th, 2013, 9:04 am Thread Starter
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My son in law was riding with his wife. She is a learner and needs to ride with another.
He was two car lengths ahead of her with two cars between them. Todd was driving west, coming thru an intersection. A 90 year old woman turned left right into him.
Todd was thrown from the bike and the bike ended up under the pickup truck.
The woman had no idea what happened and spoke very poor broken english.
Todds left lower leg has both bones broken in two places, the ankle is shattered and the foot is shattered.
The bones were poking thru the skin.
He has had three hours of surgery to pin the lower leg bones.
He may need a skin graft.
And his wife saw it happen in front of her.
For now he is fine, he will be in hospital for a few more days.
No word yet on the womans story, she was taken into custody.

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Sorry to hear that Eric. Hope Son-In-law heals & they both keep riding.

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Ouch! So sorry to hear that...
I wish him a prompt and complete recovery.

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Best wishes for a speedy recovery, both physical & mental. Those experiences can mess with your head. Some of those are avoidable, some aren't. That's why I suit up before every ride, and try to exercise SEE (Scan Eveluate Execute) even in the cage.

SEE used to be SIPDE (Scan Identify Predict Decide Execute) now IPD is rolled into the first E. It can help you avoid what was previously unavoidable simply because you recognize developing situations more quickly.

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Prayers and best wishes for those affected. We hope his injuries heal quickly and completely.

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Eric, sorry to hear. Hope he recovers OK. Makes you think how some people drive, in their own little world. See you tomorrow.

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It sounds like he didn't have a chance and it must have been terrible for her. Hopes and prayers for a full recovery.
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hope that doesn't change anyone's mind about riding. a 90 yr old who doesn't really speak English? Sounds like the only thing missing was whether or not she was drunk.
Prayers going out for a speedy and full recovery.

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charges are pending,
all witnesses are saying that she just drove right into him.
Apparently her daughters have been trying for the last few years to have her license revoked.

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charges are pending,
all witnesses are saying that she just drove right into him.
Apparently her daughters have been trying for the last few years to have her license revoked.
All too often, it takes this kind of incident to take the license from someone who can no longer safely operate a motor vehicle. Unfortunately your loved one is paying the price.

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Todd is coming home today.
As far as the police are concerned the woman made an unsafe left turn and fined her 170 dollars. The police are not even capable of taking her license away and had to approach the insurance company to not insure her anymore.
The rest will be handled by lawyers and the sueing process. The lawyer gets 30 percent.

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Generally in the US its the states DMV that has that authority- and mistakes and convictions reported by officers-courts can in at least some places trigger an evaluation by the DMV. Also, license renewal intervals for old folks have been shortened in some states- though those renewals tend to include only an eye exam and, sometimes, a short test on the basics of signs and laws. No on road evaluation in places I know of but perhaps someplace?

My own mothers driving skills diminished greatly starting in her early 80s. She pretty much lost the ability to judge the physical size of her car so it seemed to acquire small scrapes and bumps which she could never remember happening. She figured out for herself that she needed to restrict her driving so she kept only to local slow roads she knew well and greatly reduced her mileage. Had she lived beyond the 88 years she did, there is little doubt she would have had to quit or her children would have had to do it for her.

I expect in our northern neighbor that were her native language French it would have been immediately known so I gather she is some type of immigrant. Folks from south of the US and parts of Asia are not exactly accustomed to North American style traffic laws, not having ridden with them since birth like we do.

Spent some time in Dalien, China years ago. Huge city without even 1 traffic light at the time. 50 mph traffic in town anyway, takes some getting used to. You don't want to know how much higher their fatality rates are than here.

Best wishes for a full recovery which I expect is highly likely though it may be slower than wished for (at least younger folks have the advantage of much faster healing). These days the bone docs are pretty good and have a lot of tools at their disposal- all the way from reinforcing bits to bone-specific drugs. The PT may be a nuisance but will be key when he gets to that point. Remember that the body is a symmetric device and compensations it makes trying to restore symmetry can cause their own set of (in this case back or hip) problems years later. I've seen PT folks forget this basic principle- don't let him.

As far as legal actions go, got no idea what happens up north but here, even when you win, the whole system is really for the benefit of the lawyers and judge, and its mostly coincidental if victims benefit. Its also highly skewed to those with the resources and time to play in that arena (and by luck I fit that category). Having BTDT a few times (and always "won"), I'd suggest avoiding emotional investment in the legal process, simply try to at least break even financially and get on with the rest of life ASAP, its too short to waste on unpleasantness.

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