Originally Posted by taylorjn
Been riding 48 years without an accident...
Sorry to hear about your accident. Believe me, I feel your pain. I have been riding for 32 years accident free until this year as well. On March 7, as I was riding my Electra Glide, I saw a Ford Expedition stopped at the left side of an intersection. Having made eye contact with the driver, as any reasonable person would, I assumed that she saw me and would yield the right of way to me. Therefore, I shifted my attention to the right to evaluate another possible threat.
On the south side of that corner, was a house with a privacy fence. I was concerned that a car, pedestrian, animal, or child could come out from behind the fence. I was contemplating how to react to this possible threat if it materialized when I saw the SUV pull out in front of me. Having previously dismissed the SUV as a threat, I did not see the vehicle pull out until I was about 30 feet from the intersection. At that time, the SUV was about half way across the left lane and accelerating.
I was traveling at approximately 45 MPH in the right lane, and as soon as I saw the SUV moving, I applied maximum front and rear breaks to reduce my speed as quickly as possible. I saw breaking as my only option. To the left, there was a concrete wall, and the SUV was headed to the right. I had no where to go.
Thankfully, I do not remember anything after the impact until I woke up in the Emergency Room. I spent 4 days in ICU and 6 days total in the hospital. The extent of my injuries are still being evaluated, but the major ones included 5 broken ribs; a punctured lung; broken teeth; I bit through my tongue; head, back neck and shoulder trauma; as well as a host of soft tissue damage. My injuries would have been more severe, but were limited due to the safety gear I was wearing.
When people asked me how I was feeling…I would say, “like I’ve been hit by a truck…oh wait…I was!” The only bright side to all of this was that my replacement bike is the LT!
My best wishes to you for a speedy and complete recovery.
Over the Bars…Back In The Saddle!